Blue Jays Trade option in time of need

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Apr 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays team president and CEO Mark Shapiro talks with the media during batting practice before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays team president and CEO Mark Shapiro talks with the media during batting practice before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /
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As the Jays struggle for answers and ways to make the team better ASAP, we can look around and consider solutions opined by members of the baseball intelligencia.

One such example that seemed particularly intriguing was espoused by TSN’s Steve Phillips: he suggests a payroll-neutral deal with the Mets for slugger Jay Bruce and 23-year old righty Robert Gsellman, in exchange for Francisco Liriano and Dalton Pompey.

I know a lot of your immediate reactions to such a deal range from being perplexed to a resounding “no”. The thing is, if you stop and think about it for a second, it’s not a bad trade at all, with some interesting ancillary features as well.

Basically, the Jays would be trading an aging arm, for a young one that can throw an array of pitches. One of those pitches (and ancillary features that I speak of), that has become a hallmark of the Mets pitching staff, is what has been dubbed the Dan Warthen Slider, after the Mets’ pitching coach.

Have a look at the link because this pitch has some serious pedigree attached to it – as a major part of the repertoires of the likes of starters Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey, and closer Jeurys Familia.

It’s essentially a tighter, faster slider with more subtle movement than the big sweeping sliders we’ve become accustomed to seeing, and is a very effective out-pitch when looking for a swing-and-a-miss for strike 3.

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It would obviously be pretty exciting to have a young arm from the Mets system with that kind of stuff. Gsellman even looks like deGrom and Syndergaard, sporting a similar long-locked ‘do. Maybe the Jays can once and for all finally make up, at least partially for the loss of Syndergaard to the Mets, in the R.A. Dickey deal.

Gsellman has been touted as one of the top prospects in the Mets system and has recently taken over the 5th spot in the rotation after Steven Matz went down due to injury.

The other major piece, Jay Bruce would add an immediate injection into the Jays lifeless offence.

And it’s not so far-fetched as one would imagine given the Mets current glut of talent in the outfield as well as on the mound.

The Mets, being so young in their starting pitching, could also benefit from a proven vet like Francisco Liriano. Such a deal would also allow us to cash in on Dalton Pompey’s prospect capital, while he has some.

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I hope the Jays front office gives this some serious thought. Bringing over some of that Mets pitching charisma and proven bat of Jay Bruce might be just what the doctor ordered.

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