The Toronto Blue Jays are embarking on their first full rebuild in recent memory, and most people do not expect them to contend in 2019. If they do not contend, there should be a good amount of trades to happen as the season wears on, and Blue Jays management will look to trade for valuable prospects to bolster future rosters.
There is a likely scenario where the Blue Jays are movers of pitching talent as the season 2019 season wears on. Recent years have shown that Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins are not shying away from dealing bullpen arms to teams for prospect returns. Last year we saw it happen when John Axford was traded to the L.A. Dodgers, Aaron Loup was shipped to Philadelphia, and of course, Roberto Osuna ended up in Houston with the Astros.
The Blue Jays are well set up to try this strategy out again in 2019, and it’s entirely possible they continue to shop in the reliever market, even for this specific reason. We’ve even made a few arguments here at Jays Journal that they should continue to bolster the bullpen, especially given the late and slow moving free agent market that still has some reasonably talented arms.
However, even if they don’t bring in any other established big leaguers to win the bullpen, here’s a look at some of the current Toronto Blue Jays bullpen’s pitchers, and their trade prospects for the upcoming season.