It was announced earlier this week via TSN’s Scott Mitchell that the Blue Jays were interested in Cincinnati Reds starter Tyler Mahle, who would have been a great candidate to fill out the starting rotation (along with other pitchers on the Reds like Sonny Gray or Luis Castillo). While no trade materialized, the Jays made a few moves before the lockout came into effect, most notably signing right-hander Kevin Gausman to a five-year deal and extending Jose Berrios to a seven-year contract as well (opt-out after the fifth season).
These moves make the Blue Jays better on the field but there are still some areas that could use some tinkering once the MLB and MLBPA figure out their issues and the baseball season can get underway. Areas that could be improved upon:
- Addition of a fifth starter
- Additional arm or two in the bullpen
- Third baseman
- Veteran infield bench piece
While the free-agent market does boast a few names who could fill out one area on the list above, it wouldn’t be surprising if the club dips into their prospect pool or uses some of their younger players on the current roster to bring in veteran talent for a playoff run. While the Blue Jays don’t boast as many flashy names compared to the season prior with Austin Martin and Simeon Woods-Richardson now gone, they still have a few players that opposing teams wouldn’t mind adding to their organization.
The Blue Jays are no stranger to the rumour mill and this upcoming season could see a few different players heading to opposing teams once the lockout ends.
Let’s take a look at some of the players in the Blue Jays system who could be used as trade bait this season, whether it be before the season begins (whenever that happens) or possibly at the trade deadline.