Blue Jays: What type of return could Kevin Pillar yield in a trade?

The Toronto Blue Jays will have numerous roster decisions to make this upcoming offseason regarding the future of a number of players including Kevin Pillar.

Kevin Pillar is a cult hero in these parts often referred to as “Superman” for his defensive heroics in the outfield, however, what could the 29-year-old net in a potential trade and do team’s value Pillar in the same light fans do north of the border.

The centerfielder often struggles to produce consistent at-bats and has seen his defensive metrics plummet from years past. Life after Pillar would actually be a smooth transition as right-fielder Randal Grichik could easily slide over and play centre.

But what could the Blue Jays actually net in return for a 2.5 WAR player not poised to hit free agency until 2021? Unfortunately, the Blue Jays will not acquire a prospect plethora in a prospective Pillar swap.

The benchmark for returns would be Adam Eaton who was dealt to the Washington Nationals for a trio of top prospects in 2016. The pale hose sold high on Eaton who was fresh off a 6.1 WAR season and was 27 at the time of the trade.

A more comparable trade may be the Dexter Fowler trade in 2014. Fowler who was 28 at the time was shipped to the Chicago Cubs after a 1.8 WAR campaign with the Astros in exchange for pitcher Dan Straily and Luis Valbuena.

The Jays are thin in starting pitching depth so if they can negotiate a Pillar swap for an arm, then there is a strong likelihood the Blue Jays could move their longest-tenured player.

There is no questioning Pillar is a solid ballplayer who would run through a wall to catch a ball for his team. However, he may be the most overvalued .252 hitter in the majors and Jays fans may be surprised by the lackluster return the Jays get in a trade for their beloved outfielder.

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So put your GM hat on and comment below if you would trade “Superman” and if so, what do you think you could get in return for Pillar.