Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins took over the role late in 2015 after previous GM Alex Anthopoulos decided to part ways and head to the sunny shores of the L.A. Dodgers.
Since then, the Blue Jays have made the playoffs twice under Atkins and have also gone under an extensive rebuild, shipping out the veteran players he inherited and bringing up a young core that now occupies a sizeable chunk of the 2022 active roster. Atkins and co. have also drafted pretty well since taking office, adding names like Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Alek Manoah to the system.
While the front office of late has made waves with their high-profile free-agent signings, Atkins has also conducted his fair share of transactions, sending off veteran players for younger controllable assets and also making some big splashes, most recently as this past trade deadline. Not every deal has been a winner but the Blue Jays have pulled off some pretty impressive hauls over the past six to seven years under his watch.
Let’s take a look at some of the top trades that Ross Atkins has amassed since taking over as the Blue Jays general manager. In terms of the rankings, things taken into consideration were:
- Length of time spent with Toronto
- Multiple players and how they panned out either with the Jays or elsewhere
- Prospects/players sent the opposite way and their future outlook
- The aftermath of the trade (ex: player re-signed with the Jays, the player was used in another trade that benefitted Jays, etc).
- Off the field/external factors
Understandably, I do not expect everybody to agree with the rankings and would love to hear your feedback, as I will also add an honourable mentions list detailing some trades that were close and why they may be on the verge of being added in the near future.