Since Ross Atkins has taken over the Blue Jays back in late 2015, the club sports a 477-485 record (0.495%) through six and a half seasons. He inherited a veteran squad that made a playoff run in 2016 but lost out in the ALCS and over the next two to three seasons, traded away numerous veteran players as the club started to rebuild and acquire prospects to bolster the farm system.
This came to a head in 2019, when the club had numerous prospects like Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Cavan Biggio make their MLB debuts as the club posted a 67-95 record on the year.
Over the next two offseasons, the Jays started to buck the “Blue Flu” trend and signed some high-profile free agents in Hyun Jin Ryu (2020), George Springer (2021), and Kevin Gausman (2022), creating a squad that entered the 2022 campaign as a favourite to contend for the World Series.
Since becoming the Blue Jays general manager, Ross Atkins has made numerous trades at the deadline, lately involving prospects to enhance the active roster for postseason pushes.
Following the down 2019 campaign, the Blue Jays made the postseason during the shortened 2020 season but fell short in the AL Wild Card against the Tampa Bay Rays, who made it all the way to the World Series that year. It was this season that the Blue Jays started to really dive deep into their organizational prospect depth to acquire veteran players to help with a playoff push, making numerous trades in both 2020 and 2021. Atkins has also made deals that included Major League players like sending Rowdy Tellez to the Milwaukee Brewers last season but if the Jays are serious about contending this year, they will likely have to trade away some more prospects to acquire veteran players to help the current roster.
Let’s take a look at how the prospects Ross Atkins has traded away at the deadline are doing since leaving the Jays organization.