Blue Jays: Top 10 Playoff Push Trades
Throughout the Toronto Blue Jays years, the franchise has made the playoffs seven times. Whenever you are gearing up for the playoffs you are always looking to fill holes or strengthen your roster in different areas. In this piece, I look at what I consider to be the top ten mid-season trades the Blue Jays made to help them go deep into the fall.
When looking back at the history of the Blue Jays they did well for not just picking up rentals but were able to get players with control. They were able to use those players for future years which led to further playoff appearances. For the purpose of this article, I will be looking strictly at the season they acquired the player.
Before getting into the list of top 10 players they picked up, I wanted to acknowledge a few players on the honorable mention list, these players include:
Al Oliver was picked up for the 1985 run and platoon in the designated hitter position. He went 3 for 8 in the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals.
Candy Maldonado was acquired for the 1991 run and fit in very well in left field and was a lot more productive for the 1992 run.
Mark Lowe joined the 2015 run and pitched in six games that postseason.
Jason Grilli hopped on the 2016 team that made it back to the playoffs. He pitched in the Wild Card Game, as well as both the ALDS and ALCS without allowing a run over 3.2 IP.
With those players acknowledged, here is a look at the Top 10.