For former Jays’ ace Alek Manoah, he has had a season to forget so far in 2023. After coming off a breakthrough, Cy Young-calibre type season last year, many were expecting big things from Manoah this year in leading the Jays to another postseason berth. However, he has been anything but, posting a 2-8 record with a bloated 5.87 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, giving up 50 earned runs including 13 home runs, a whopping 54 walks and 68 strikeouts in 76.2 innings pitched in 17 starts. He had been dealing with control and command issues all year and even spent a stint in the minors to readjust his pitching mechanics. So far, after coming back from the stint, he has shown some mixed results.
Although some may have expressed their frustrations and want Manoah traded by the deadline while he has any value left, it will most likely not come to fruition. After all, his potential and skills are all definitely still in place, he just needs to put it all back together and regain his confidence and pitching ability to be what he used to be in the past few years. The best example to draw upon is his teammate José Berríos, who had a horrendous 2022 campaign last year, giving up hard contact and was inconsistent all year long. Berríos worked hard and has now produced a strong bounce back 2023 season for the Jays. So give it some patience, and Manoah will probably be able to do the same, at least the Jays definitely believe in him, so we should as well.
In the end, the Jays may make some moves that may surprise us, but rest assured that the aforementioned players above are most likely not going to be involved in those transactions.