4 changes the Blue Jays must make immediately to avoid tumbling down the standings

The time to make some major strategic changes is now.
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Either trade or DFA the dead wood

This MLB roster is clogged with a bunch of washed up bums like Kevin Kiermaier, Daniel Vogelbach, Cavan Biggio and George Springer. The new front office under James Click should see if anyone will accept a trade for them, with the Blue Jays obviously eating most of their salary. If no one wants these guys, then release them and eat their salaries.

It’s time to call up younger talent in Martinez, Horwitz and Barger. Start Ernie Clement at 3B and give Schneider and Horwitz/Barger the outfield corners — they need to be in the everyday lineup — along with Martinez at 2B and Daulton Varsho playing full-time in center field.

Other role players with value in the trade market who can be moved by the deadline include pending free agents Justin Turner, who’s 39-years old, as well as relievers Yimi García and Trevor Richards. Perhaps they can return some younger prospects who can help to improve the farm system depth.

While just designating the dead wood for assignment is a bold move, these players are clogging up the MLB roster and preventing the younger players from gaining valuable experience at the big league level. Horwitz for one has nothing left to prove at Triple-A, and Martinez will bring some much needed swagger to the clubhouse that the Jays probably haven’t had since Hernandez was traded for Swanson, and Gurriel was included with top prospect Gabriel Moreno in the Varsho trade.