The Toronto Blue Jays currently sit at an even .500 with a 14-14 record as the trade deadline looms, should the team be sellers at the deadline?
With all the Blue Jays talk focussed on deadline additions, should the team even consider adding or look to move some of their supporting cast and continue to stockpile the farm system in preparation for next season?
The team has played inconsistent baseball, has a slew of injuries coupled with a manager who plays roster roulette each and every game to make his lineup. The Blue Jays have a promising core in place, however, the second-tier of their roster could be dangled as trade bait.
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I fully understand that this is an unprecedented season with additional playoff spots and a lowered expectation for the postseason, however, I still think the Jays may be better suited to keep retooling and save their bullets for next season.
The above-mentioned players are definitely worth listening to and gauging where the market is set for the talent of their ilk.
Once again this season, closer Ken Giles is injured at the deadline which will undoubtedly hinder his market value. Giles will also become a free agent at the conclusion of the season and although he appears content on staying north of the border, there is no telling what the brain trust has planned for the 29-year old.
The Jays could also look to move some bullpen pieces and sell high on Bass and Dolis. Relievers are susceptible to drastic ups and downs from season to season so why not sell high on the pair now while the getting is good.
Shaw, Panik, and even Roark could be nice supporting additions to a playoff-bound team and yield younger talent in return.
The Blue Jays could sneak into the playoffs this season if the stars aligned perfectly but maybe the better play is to keep building with 2021 in their sights.