5 trade deadline deals that could push Blue Jays back into contention for 2024

Can the Blue Jays change their fortunes around with these potential trade deadline deals to get back into the thick of things?
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Following an uneventful and disappointing June in which the Toronto Blue Jays went a dismal 11-16, they have essentially dug themselves into a deep hole heading towards the trade deadline later this month. Currently, they own a non-flattering record of 41-50 and are a full 16 games behind the AL East division-leading Baltimore Orioles. On top of that, they sit another 9.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox, who is currently in sole possession of the third and final wild card playoff spot in the American League.

The majority of the media and fanbase has practically written off the Jays for the 2024 season. In fact, there have been a boatload of news and rumors that the team will actually be sellers at the trade deadline this time around. Consequently, a fair number of the players have already been associated with the trade block, including once-upon-a-time untouchable superstars Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

However, with the Jays’ recent series win against the AL West division-leading Seattle Mariners the past weekend, they showed once again that if they did play to their utmost potential, they actually could have a shot at winning against any team in the league. As a result, as bleak as their current situation may already seem, the Jays could give it one last shot in a desperate run for the playoffs if they truly believe that they can get it done.

To do so, it will likely require the Jays to add a few key pieces at the trade deadline to make the improbable dream possible. Here, we will take a look at 5 key deadline deals that the Jays should pursue that could push the club back into contention for 2024.