9 outfielders the Blue Jays should target at the trade deadline

Who should the Blue Jays target as a power bat to help propel their offence in the right direction?
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Tommy Pham, New York Mets

As our expert has pointed out recently, Tommy Pham is definitely worth a flyer on in terms of potential outfield trade targets for the Jays. A ten-year MLB veteran, Pham has been a part of the postseason in three separate runs with three different teams in his career, posting elite numbers (.352 average, .931 OPS, with three home runs, six RBI and four stolen bases in 15 games).

For 2023 so far, Pham has still been productive despite a struggling New York Mets team. He has batted .277, with an OPS of .836, with 25 runs scored, 14 doubles, nine home runs, 34 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. With his previous stints with the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox in the AL East, Pham will have familiarity with his divisional foes, which may be a valuable advantage for the Jays if they were to bring him back in the division. In addition, Pham will be looking to have another opportunity to make the postseason again as he nears the age of 36, as his motivation and drive for success joining a contending team would probably do both himself and the team wonders.

Hunter Renfroe, Los Angeles Angels

One target that has probably been not talked enough, but would be the ideal power bat for the Blue Jays is Hunter Renfroe of the Los Angeles Angels. At the prime age of 31, Renfroe has consistently provided strong offensive output throughout his career, averaging close to 30 home runs and 70 RBI per season. The right-handed hitting right fielder has continued to produce in 2023, with 15 home runs and 41 RBI so far in 83 games played for the Angels.

Interestingly despite such reliable production year after year, Renfroe has moved around and played for four different teams in the past four years. Which also means he probably wouldn’t mind moving once again this year, if the Jays are indeed in the hunt for Renfroe. With the recent potential long-term injury to Mike Trout with a broken hamate bone in his left hand, along with their current miserable stretch in July, it might be just enough to make the contending Angels sellers for the deadline, making Renfroe available for the Jays to pounce on.