The Toronto Blue Jays appear poised to make another deal or two before the trade deadline on August 31st.
The Blue Jays are definitely doing their due diligence in hopes of improving the active roster for a postseason push. The team has already made two separate trades with the Seattle Mariners and are rumoured to have an interest in a handful of other players from around the league.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Jays are showing interest in Texas Rangers veteran pitcher Lance Lynn. Toronto added pitcher Taijuan Walker earlier this week but still have Nate Pearson, Matt Shoemaker, and Trent Thornton shelved with respective injuries.
Lynn has been unhittable this season and would provide some much needed starting pitching depth to the depleted staff. Before last night’s start, Lynn was 4-0 with an impeccable 1.59 earned run average while fanning 9.9 batters per nine innings this season.
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According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, the Blue Jays have also checked in on Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons. The 30-year old has four Gold Gloves under his belt and would definitely shore up the position until Bo Bichette is healthy.
Simmons is set to be a free agent at the conclusion of the season and is currently hitting .257/.297/.286 in just nine games this season. The shortstop lost three weeks of his season with an ankle sprain.
Robbie Ray, Dylan Bundy, and Matt Barnes are other names being mentioned that could be on the move before the deadline. Any of the above pitchers could make the Jays better on paper heading into September.
The Jays are currently in a playoff spot with a respectable 17-14 record as anything can happen in this pandemic shortened season. The brain trust appears poised not to squander the opportunity even after already acquiring Daniel Vogelbach and Walker.