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Blue Jays: Top Three Trade Chips On The 40-Man Roster

TORONTO, CANADA - NOVEMBER 2: Mark Shapiro speaks to the media as he is introduced as president of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on November 2, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - NOVEMBER 2: Mark Shapiro speaks to the media as he is introduced as president of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on November 2, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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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) /

The Blue Jays have built up an impressive system, and it’s fully expected that they’ll make at least one trade this winter. Who are some of the top candidates on the current 40-man roster to be traded?

The Blue Jays are well situated to make a trade through a variety of different avenues this offseason. Although the Blue Jays have one of the deeper farm systems in baseball, the front office has made a thing out of developing cheap, cost controlled talent at the big leagues over the past few years.

Perhaps this is why the Blue Jays didn’t get involved in the Darvish/Snell sweepstakes, namely because they didn’t want to centre a package around prospects. The Rays and Cubs were merely just trying to shed salary and it’s unlikely that either of those teams would’ve taken major league rostered players, as this would not accomplish that goal.

The good news for the Blue Jays is that there are other ways to build trade frameworks without tier 1 prospects. There are a few players that come to mind on the 40-man roster who can be used to leverage trades to re-tool in areas of higher priority at multiple positions.

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