Blue Jays: Predicting where the veterans get traded this summer

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 26: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays speaks to the media before introducing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 before his MLB debut later tonight against the Oakland Athletics at Rogers Centre on April 26, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 26: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays speaks to the media before introducing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 before his MLB debut later tonight against the Oakland Athletics at Rogers Centre on April 26, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, CANADA – NOVEMBER 2: Mark Shapiro speaks to the media as he is introduced as president of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on November 2, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA – NOVEMBER 2: Mark Shapiro speaks to the media as he is introduced as president of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on November 2, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

We know the Blue Jays are going to be sellers on the trade market this summer. With that in mind, where will some of their veterans end up?

Whether the fans like it or not, the Blue Jays are all but guaranteed to make a trade or two before the July 31st deadline.

The majority of the lineup these days is made up of youth, but there are still a few veterans hanging around, and some of them make a lot of sense as potential trade chips. Whether it’s because they’re on a contract that expires at the end of this season or next, or maybe that they’re blocking a future piece that needs playing time like a Bo Bichette, Ross Atkins and the front office are likely to be among the busiest sellers.

That said, in order to make a trade you have to find an interested party, and that could be easier said than done. The clubs that are going to be doing the buying are the contenders, and while the Blue Jays can offer upgrades at some positions for some teams, finding a landing spot for everyone they would like to deal could take a bit of work.

A lot could change on that front over the next six weeks or so as well, as contending teams could have injuries to their rosters in that time, or perhaps there is an emerging team like the Cincinnati Reds that could play their way into contention, and possibly as a buyer on the trade market as well.

There are a lot of variables at play and no guarantee that any of these players are ultimately dealt, but I figured I’d take a stab at predicting where the Blue Jays send their veterans this summer. Feel free to look back on this in August and have a good laugh at my expense.

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