5 Blue Jays most likely to be dealt at the trade deadline

Which Blue Jays players will probably no longer be with the team by the trade deadline?

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Yosver Zulueta

Although Yosver Zulueta’s name hasn’t been swirling around in current trade talks, there is a high chance he will be one of the Jays’ top prospects that will be moved at the trade deadline. As much as the Jays want to avoid their “untouchables” in Ricky Tiedemann, Brandon Barriera, Zulueta and Orelvis Martinez at all costs, in order to add big names that could be a difference maker for the ballclub down the stretch, the Jays will need to give up some value as well, or else the big trade will most likely not happen.

Tiedemann and Barriera both represent the next wave of strong starting pitching for the Jays’ organization, which as everyone knows, they currently lack big time. As a result, they shouldn’t be moved no matter what, otherwise, guess what, they will be trying to trade for more starting pitching help in the future, creating a bigger and bigger hole to fill in the end. Martinez represents the only MLB-ready power bat that the Jays have currently in their organization. With Matt Chapman potentially entering free agency at the end of the year, Martinez could be the ideal replacement for Chapman for both his position and his offensive output, so removing that option from the equation could spell trouble for the Jays, as it appears that the free agency pool of third baseman available this year will be horrendous.

That leaves Zulueta as the prime candidate of the four untouchable prospects to be moved in a high risk/gamble trade to acquire a strong contending puzzle piece for the ballclub. Despite having struggled with some control issues so far in 2023 with Buffalo, his enormous potential and firepower is quite evident. For 2023, he has a 2-3 record with a 4.73 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, with 39 walks and 51 strikeouts in 45.2 innings pitched. However, he has settled down nicely in the month of July, producing a 3.18 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in six appearances prior to Thursday’s game. It may hurt considerably down the road if he becomes another Aroldis Chapman or Josh Hader, but with the Jays currently in win-now mode, it may be the big sacrifice they need to do to have a chance to win it all this year.