With the Cubs trading Yu Darvish and signalling a rebuild, the Blue Jays would be wise to call about at least a handful of their solid veterans.
If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I’ve been talking about how I hoped the Blue Jays would pursue Yu Darvish should he become available this offseason. Unfortunately the Padres beat them to the punch for the veteran right-hander, pulling off a big trade to bolster their rotation for the second day in a row.
That said, even in disappointment there could be some good news to look at here.
It would appear that Cubs are about to embark on a rebuild, at least that’s what trading someone like Darvish should tell us. That’s especially the case because they didn’t even receive a premium return for the 2nd place finisher in 2020’s NL Cy Young race. If it was about clearing money from the books and kickstarting a true rebuild for the Cubs, there may be several worthy trade targets for the Blue Jays to look at.
We already know that Ross Atkins and the front office have cast a wide net this offseason, but as expected it would appear that market is evolving, such as the situation with the Cubs. There will be other interested parties, which is why the Blue Jays need to assess the situation sooner than later, especially if the Cubs are motivated to sell.
Assuming that’s the case, let’s have a look at five different Cubs that would fit the Blue Jays’ needs this offseason, and ultimately help them reach their goals to improve the roster this winter.