We have finally arrived at the 2023 MLB trade deadline! After what feels like an eternity of rumors, rumors and more rumors, the deadline is tonight at 6:00 pm ET.
The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting in a fairly nice position at the deadline. While there was a small amount of buzz early on in the season about the club potentially selling some assets at the deadline, the team's consistent winning ways and current 59-48 record now has them leaning way more towards being buyers.
This has already been seen in the days leading up to the deadline as well. In two separate moves, the Blue Jays acquired LHP Génesis Cabrera and RHP Jordan Hicks from the St. Louis Cardinals for a total package of catcher Sammy Hernandez and right-handers Sem Robberse and Adam Kloffenstein. Losing this trio definitely stings a bit, but the risk seems to be worth the reward in this instance.
With Bo Bichette's injury in Monday night's game, the Blue Jays may have a sudden need at shortstop. Santiago Espinal is the only player on the big league roster capable of playing short and he has proven time and time again this year that he cannot be trusted in an everyday role. Otto Lopez, Leo Jimenez, Addison Barger, Ernie Clement and even Orelvis Martinez are other 40-man options down in the minors, but all of them feel like tradeable assets at the deadline, so nothing is guaranteed there either.
The biggest need for the Blue Jays has already been addressed by Ross Atkins as "a right-handed bat whose position doesn't really matter" because of the club's defensive flexibility already on-hand. With Bichette's potential trip to the injured list, this should not change much. Even before he went down, the need for a right-handed power bat was evident, so this should still be the plan moving forward.