Ryan Tepera (30) RHP
Trade Potential: MODERATE
Contract: 574,700 (Free agent 2022)
2018: 3.62ERA in 64IP 1.3WAR
The veteran Texan Ryan Tepera had a very decent 2018 showing with a 3.62ERA and a 1.3WAR. Tepera is under control through 2021 so if can replicate 2018’s numbers he should have a decent shot at being moved to a contender. He generated trade interest during parts of 2018, but nothing materialized. With a full rebuild underway, the Blue Jays may be more motivated to move Tepera this season.
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Danny Barnes (28) RHP
Trade Potential: LOW
Contract: 561,600 (Free agent 2023)
2018: 5.71ERA in 41 IP. -0.3WAR
Danny Barnes had a less than ideal 2018. He posted a rough 5.71 ERA last season after delivering a solid 3.55ERA in 66 IP the year before. Last season was obviously a bit of a step back, but there’s enough talent there that he could be a factor.
He’s under contract for four more season’s so there is no need to rush in trading him, however it would only be possible to do so if Barnes were to improve upon his 2018 numbers next season.
The strategy that Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins has deployed in trading relief pitchers for prospects has netted very good returns in recent years. Prospects: Chad Spanberger, Forrest Wall, Bryan Baker, Jacob Waguespack, and Corey Copping were all acquired by the Blue Jays just last season in trades for relief pitchers. Look to see more of these types of trades as the season wears on, as Blue Jays management attempts to further stock the prospect cupboard.