2 Blue Jays rumors we hope are true, 1 we hope doesn't happen

The Toronto Blue Jays have been heavily rumored to be in the market for a right-handed bat and even a pitcher.
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We hope the Blue Jays are pursuing a Teoscar Hernández reunion at the deadline.

While moving Teoscar Hernández in a trade for Erik Swanson this past offseason felt like a stunner at the time, the move has largely worked out in the Blue Jays' favor. Swanson has emerged as a legitimate back-end of the bullpen piece who has been a bit overworked but has remained reliable.

Hernández on the other hand, seems to have lost some of his Toronto swagger now that he calls Seattle home. In a league-leading 106 games so far this year, the big right-hander has 16 home runs, 59 RBI and a 94 OPS+ while also leading the majors in strikeouts with 143. Obviously nothing here jumps off the page, but it's worth wondering if returning to the Blue Jays where he was definitely comfortable would help bring his offensive numbers back up to where they need to be.

With Kevin Kiermaier and Daulton Varsho both left-handed swinging outfielders, there's suddenly a need for a right-handed thumper. Jordan Luplow and George Springer are the other two outfielders on the active roster but neither have done much at the plate, with Luplow hitting .214 and Springer mired in an 0-for-30 slump at the dish.

Since Hernández is an upcoming free agent, one would think that the Mariners would not demand a significant return in a potential trade for him. His past success in Toronto (122 OPS+ in six years on the club) suggests that a return to form could be a possibility, so why not?