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Blue Jays: Bo Bichette for Christian Yelich is a no-brainer

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Bo Bichette
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Bo Bichette /

If the Toronto Blue Jays are presented with the opportunity to acquire Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins in exchange for top prospect Bo Bichette, the answer is an obvious no-brainer.

There has been much chatter over the various social media outlets of late in regards to what it would take for the Blue Jays to lure Christian Yelich away from Miami and if the keyboard warriors and armchair general managers would deal Bichette away in the process.

Bichette has garnered a plethora of hype over the past 12 months and has already been anointed the Jays future savior by many however I am confident Bichette alone would not get the deal done, there would need to be additional lower tier prospects coupled with the Bichette.

However the hypothetical question is a no-brainer, you make the trade 100 out of 100 times. You take the proven and in this case cost effective Yelich over the unproven, potentially overhyped Bichette. Everyone gets enamored by the shine of blue chippers but in the end, many of them fade away without every harnessing their supposed potential.

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Yelich is under team control for five years earning a modest 58.25 million and still looks like he may even get better. He is a career .290/.369/.432 hitter with 59 round trippers and 72 stolen bases with a 17.7 WAR over his first five seasons at the major league level.

He is a plus defender with a Gold Glove already in his trophy case and has the ability to play all three outfield positions effectively.

Remember the return the Jays received for Roy Halladay, the players coming north of the border were high-end prospects with bright futures ahead of them. The trio of Kyle Drabek, Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Taylor who was flipped for Brett Wallace was the package. That deal was finalized 8-years ago yesterday in 2009, pretty obvious who the clearcut winner of that one was.

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At the time it seemed like a win-win for both sides, that’s the thing with prospects, they are destined for failure. You have to take the proven commodity and in this case, you take Yelich and his track record and wish Bichette the best of luck in Miami. It’s a no-brainer.