The Blue Jays are one of the hottest teams in baseball, but even good teams can be improved, and chances are they’ll be looking for upgrades this summer.
With the way the team has been playing lately, the situation doesn’t feel like it has quite the same urgency as it did two weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean the Jays won’t be looking ahead to the trade deadline at the end of July. Despite having one of the strongest rosters in baseball on paper, a lot can happen over the course of a long 162 game season. Whether that’s disappointing performances, injuries, or otherwise, even the best laid plans don’t always come to fruition.
That’s not to suggest that the Blue Jays need an overhaul by any means, and I think the last 10 games or so have provided an example of the potential this team possesses when they’re rolling. Yes, their schedule has gotten a little bit easier from the beginning of the season, but sweeping the Angels and White Sox over seven games is no small feat.
The most important part for the Jays will be getting the most out of the stars that are already on the roster, such as core pieces like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, George Springer, and more. That said, there are a few roles in particular that Ross Atkins and the front office could look to address, but that’s based on how things look as of today. That perspective could change in two months time, but for now let’s look at what the Blue Jays could and should be targeting on the trade market, as well as a few suggested solutions from yours truly.