A potential Blue Jays trade target from the Oakland A’s is officially back in action

Ramón Laureano has finally returned to action after being out of action with a fractured right hand since late June, which is a positive pending the level of interest the Blue Jays have in the outfielder.
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When considering trade targets for the Blue Jays, Ramón Laureano likely isn't one of the first names that comes to mind. However, this doesn't take away from the prospect he could be a valuable addition to the roster.

As such -- pending the level of interest from the Blue Jays -- the Athletics have activated Laureano from the 10-day injured list. He had officially been out of action since July 22, with a fractured right hand.

Top-tier outfielder

When it comes to the 29-year-old and want he can offer to the Blue Jays, his main strength is his defence. He has excellent speed and a strong arm, while also being a versatile defender who can play all three outfield positions.

Laureano's team-high 0.8 DWAR may not seem particularly outstanding. However, you have to take into account he's playing for the worst ballclub in the Majors.

The Dominican Republic native is third among right fielders with eight Defensive Runs Saved, and sixth among all outfielders with nine. He also has a 0.970 fielding percentage this season, while his career percentage is 0.985.

Offensive issues

Laureano is admittedly struggling offensively, with a .212 batting average. He is on course for single-season lows in several categories, including OBP, slugging percentage and OPS.

In defence of the right-handed bat, he started off this season well, with a .259/.338/.483 slash line and .821 OPS through the end of April. This alludes to what he is capable of.

In this respect, Laureano's best offensive year came in 2019, when he hit single-season highs of 24 home runs and 67 RBI. He also had career bests with a .288/.340/.521 slash line and .860 OPS.


Probably the lowest-point of Laureano's professional career, was his 80-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Fair or not, some critics will argue this -- at least partly -- explains why he's struggled overall offensively since his return from the suspension last year.

In terms of financial compensation, the 2014 draft pick's contract is team-friendly. He is currently on a one-year deal worth $3.55 million US, and he does not become an unrestricted free agent until 2026.

Despite the Blue Jays' lack of enticing compensation for any potential return package, Laureano is legitimately obtainable. The Athletics are focused on the future, resulting in the roster undergoing a significant youth movement.