Blue Jays: What should the goals be for the rest of the season?

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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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 24: From left to right, Billy McKinney #28, Teoscar Hernandez #37 and Randal Grichuk #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate their 7-5 win against the Seattle Mariners during their game at T-Mobile Park on August 24, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 24: From left to right, Billy McKinney #28, Teoscar Hernandez #37 and Randal Grichuk #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate their 7-5 win against the Seattle Mariners during their game at T-Mobile Park on August 24, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Showcase a trade piece or two?

The Blue Jays did most of their heavy lifting when it comes to trades this past July. They ended up trading away Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini, David Phelps, Daniel Hudson, Eric Sogard and letting Freddy Galvis go to Cincinnati on a waiver claim. It was a big overhaul in a short period of time, and the roster got even younger in a hurry,

That doesn’t mean that the Blue Jays are done with making trades though, especially with a potential squeeze coming for their 40 man roster next year. As a result, don’t be surprised to see the Blue Jays make a few smaller trades over the winter, mostly because they won’t be able to hang on to everyone that could be worth protecting.

I do think the Blue Jays will revisit the idea of trading Ken Giles this winter, especially if he can finish the season on a healthy note. I’m willing to bet that if there hadn’t been question marks about the health of his arm around the trade deadline that he would already be in another uniform, but this time the Blue Jays wisely held on to him, assuming there was still real interest. He should generate plenty of interest this offseason, even on a contract that expires after the 2020 season.

They haven’t really given indication that they plan on doing so, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Blue Jays shopped an outfielder this winter as well. Between Gurriel Jr., Grichuk, Hernandez, Fisher, and Billy McKinney they have five big league outfielders, and there is only so much playing time to go around. If Anthony Alford can ever stay healthy he’s going to eventually push for a spot too, and Jonathan Davis and Dalton Pompey still around for depth, at least for now. Would it be that shocking if the Blue Jays traded someone like Hernandez or McKinney this winter, if they could get a sensible return?

Whatever the front office decides to do this winter as far as trades go, they can certainly use September to help build some player value, and hopefully a strong return.

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