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Blue Jays: Let’s get crazy with five blockbuster ideas

TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: Ross Atkins speaks to the media as he is introduced as the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on December 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: Ross Atkins speaks to the media as he is introduced as the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on December 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 09: Bryce Harper #3 and Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies react after a three run home run by Harper in the bottom of the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on April 9, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 09: Bryce Harper #3 and Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies react after a three run home run by Harper in the bottom of the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on April 9, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Just for fun

There are reports that the Phillies have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, so much so that it’s no certainly that they’ll even try to re-sign J.T. Realmuto.

With that in mind, I could put together a more feasible trade idea here, but I figured I’d throw that out the window for one slide here, just for kicks. I know I said I wouldn’t go too off board in the opening, but this is my over-the-top exception.

Blue Jays get: (14.5)

Phillies get: (17.8)

This might look lobsided, but there’s an explanation. That would be the fact that the Phillies would be dumping Harper just two years into his mammoth 13-year, 330 million dollar pact he signed ahead of the 2019 season. According to baseballtradevalues.com, is value is -92.9 because of the contract.

If this came to fruition, the Phillies would basically start another re-set, and it may not be a terrible idea. Moreno would help soften the blow of losing Realmuto, and Van Eyk has some nice upside as a mid-rotation starter or better. Young would be a roll of the dice outfielder, and is the 30th ranked prospect in the Blue Jays’ system.

Of course, Nola would be a beautiful fit with the Blue Jays, but Harper might be another story. They don’t really need another corner outfielder, and committing to his contract would be a tall order. He’s past the days where he can function as a centre fielder, and may even need to move to first base in a few years. That’s not ideal with 11 years to go on his deal. Still, imagine Harper hitting third between Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez? It would make for a scary sight for opposing pitchers.

Still, I’ll admit that this one isn’t happening. It’s fun to think about though.

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