Back in 2015, the Toronto Blue Jays were 42-38 heading into Canada Day and were sitting one game back in the AL East and third overall in the division. Fast forward to July 28th and the Blue Jays were now just under the .500 mark at 50-51, 8.0 games back in the division and looking like their playoff hopes were starting to slowly fade away.
At the helm was general manager Alex Anthopoulos, known for his big trades that seemingly come out of nowhere and have the ability to change the franchise, a great example being the 2012 trade with the Miami Marlins.
That being said, Anthopoulos wanted to take a chance at the postseason given the team he had assembled was not getting any younger but he needed some outside help to get the job done. What occurred over the end of July and into early August was a flurry of moves that saw quite a few prospects head to new destinations while veteran players were brought in to take a shot at the World Series, a move that would eventually fall short in the ALCS against the eventual champions in the Kansas City Royals.
Fast forward to the end of the 2021 season and there is a moment of reflection back to the 2015 season in the fact that both teams had to fight their way to the postseason, although this club did fall short of the goal while the former club did make it to the ALCS. Both teams utilized the trade deadline to make their rosters better and both provided exciting baseball to finish out the year, while the current Blue Jays used a team that was a lot younger than the Jays 2015 roster.
Looking at the bigger picture however, could some of the prospects that A.A. traded away be useful on the current Blue Jays club or were the prospects used in those deals end up being duds and useful trade bait in the long run?