When a young superstar is on the trade block, you have to kick the tires. For the Blue Jays, however, there are plenty of reasons to move on from the idea.
I’ll admit that it was just days ago that I wrote an article talking about how the Blue Jays should shoot their shot for the 23 year old phenom, and for the most part I still agree with the arguments I laid out. Chances like this don’t come around every day, and the timing lines up pretty well for a Blue Jays team that is firmly in a “win-now” mode.
Having said that, even by the end of that article I had already started to talk myself out of the idea, and over the last few days that feeling has grown. I’ve had time to consider it, but also to read the various takes and opinions from other Blue Jays writers, as well as rumours coming out from the many other teams that will be lining up to make a bid. It sounds like the Nationals are serious about shopping one of the best hitters in the world, who also isn’t even old enough to have hit his prime yet.
So why on earth am I having second thoughts about the Blue Jays making a trade for a player of this calibre? For every reason that the Jays have to check in, and even make a calculated bid, there are arguments against the idea as well. The more I considered them, the more that forgetting about the Soto sweepstakes made more sense to me.
Allow me to explain.