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TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: President Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins pose for a photo after speaking to the media as Atkins 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: President Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins pose for a photo after speaking to the media as Atkins 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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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 25: Danny Jansen #9 of the Toronto Blue Jays taps gloves with Reese McGuire #70 who helped him warm up the pitcher before the start of the next inning during MLB game action against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre on September 25, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

A catcher is traded

As mentioned on the previous slide, the Jays have five catchers on their 40 man roster. Three at the major league level, and two in the minors that are getting close to being big league ready. Having five catchers on the 40 man roster is a lot to carry, and takes up space to fill other positions of need.

As the Jays simply won’t be releasing any of the five catchers they have on their 40 man roster, they’ll trade one or maybe even two of them to a team that’s in need of a catcher. Jays Journal co-site expert Chris Henderson wrote a piece on how you can bank on the Jays trading a catcher.

In regards to which one they’ll trade, none of them will be off limits for the right price.

As they Blue Jays are seemingly planning to address their offence via free agency, they’ll use the trade market to get pitching help which is where they can use their immense catching depth as bait.

At the trade deadline, the Blue Jays apparently discussed a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates for Joe Musgrove, but the acquisition cost was Kirk, which the front office deemed too much.

They could circle back to the Pirates, who have been seeking their catcher of the future for a while. The Jays could also explore trading one of their catchers to the Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, or a handful of other teams that are in need of help behind the plate.

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