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Blue Jays: What high impact player could they add?

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TORONTO, ON - APRIL 02: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays addresses the media after completing a trade earlier in the day that sent Kevin Pillar #11 to the San Francisco Giants during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on April 2, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 02: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays addresses the media after completing a trade earlier in the day that sent Kevin Pillar #11 to the San Francisco Giants during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on April 2, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 10: J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 10, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 10: J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 10, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

J.T. Realmuto

J.T. Realmuto is arguably the most complete catcher in the game as he can contribute at a high level both at the plate and behind it. In 47 games this season, he slashed .266/.349/.491 with 11 HR.

Behind the plate, he had a fielding percentage of .993, caught 25% of would-be base stealers while only allowing one passed ball. While Gold Glove winners for the 2020 season have yet to be announced, he could win his second one in a row as he was the National League recipient for the catcher position last season.

While Realmuto would provide an upgrade to any team behind the plate including the Jays, it’s unlikely the front office will pursue him. The Jays have tremendous catching depth within their organization with the likes of Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire, and Alejandro Kirk as well as two other catchers ranked among their top 30 prospects.

Also, Realmuto is apparently seeking a contract similar to the one Paul Goldschmidt signed with the St.Louis Cardinals which he did so for $130 million over five years. This is a lot of money to shell out to a catcher when they’re not always able to play a good significant amount of games and at the same time, the Jays have catchers who can perform for a fraction of what Realmuto is seeking.

Although going after Realmuto can’t be ruled out. Last offseason, the Jays reportedly checked in on Yasmani Grandal who eventually signed with the Chicago White Sox.

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