We hope the Blue Jays are not pursuing Tommy Pham of the New York Mets.
It can be a slippery slope to maneuver, but Tommy Pham's off-the-field issues may be something the Blue Jays need to avoid at this year's deadline.
On the surface, he fits the bill pretty nicely of right-handed power bat. In just 79 games this year, the 35-year-old has 10 home runs with 36 driven in, an .820 OPS and 126 OPS+. He is not much of a defender in either of the outfield corners, but he's got some pop in his bat, which is something the Jays are looking for.
However, this is the same guy who fought a fan back outside of a strip club in a 2020 incident that resulted in Pham being stabbed in the back. He needed surgery and over 200 stitches after this.
Then there's the incident from last season where he approached Joc Pederson of the Giants during batting practice and slapped him across the face over a dispute in fantasy football. Yes, this really happened.
But wait, there's more! Earlier this year, a fan light-heartedly posted on Twitter that he had earned a follow from Pham himself on the platform. The outfielder took it upon himself to respond to the post by insulting the fan. Still to this day have no clue why he felt this was the appropriate response to make towards the person.
Obviously off-the-field issues only extend so far when it comes to professional athletes, but with all of this in mind, why would the Blue Jays want to bring aboard someone who has done so many questionable things in the not-so-distant past?
We'll pass on this one.