Analyzing FOX Sports' Blue Jays-Shohei Ohtani trade package

As the question remains about if the Angels will even move Shohei Ohtani ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline, we review a Blue Jays return package which has been proposed by FOX Sports' MLB staff.
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While the odds seem to favour Shohei Ohtani not being traded ahead of the Aug. 1 deadline, anything's still a possibility. With the recent trade for Lucas Giolito, it seems as if the Angels will buy at the deadline, not sell. Baseball can be an unpredictable beast, though. In this respect, the Blue Jays are one of the three most popular answers by baseball executives who were asked where he could wind up if he is moved.

Of course any chance of making this scenario feasible, would depend on what the Blue Jays could offer the Angels in return. Along these lines, Fox Sports' MLB staff put together 12 trade proposals including one for the only Major League team north of the border.

The question is, how good is the Blue Jays' trade package? Here is a breakdown of the five components of the proposed offer:

Santiago Espinal

If this was last season's version of Santiago Espinal, who had a career year and earned his first All-Star selection, it would be worth getting (a little) excited about. However, the 2023 version has been extremely disappointing in comparison.

Espinal is on course to set several offensive single-season lows, including batting average, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS. He's been limited to 54 appearances due to a combination of injuries and a platoon system at second base, but also just because he hasn't performed well enough on a consistent basis.

The 28-year-old has also seen some playing time at third base and shortstop, but has been underwhelming regardless of where he's lined up to play defensively. This is highlighted by seven errors, contributing towards a DWAR of just 0.1.

Ricky Tiedemann

As much as it would be tough to do this, any trade package has to include RIcky Tiedemann. He is the Blue Jays' number one prospect and the only one who regular features in the top-100 overall prospects in the various media outlets.

Most people rave about Tiedemann's elite level fastball, but his changeup is also a high-quality pitch. He has the added advantage of being a southpaw, and is projected as a number two starter in the Majors.

The only thing which might goes against the 2021 third round pick, is concern about his durability due to some recent injuries. This aside, he still has a promising future and his inclusion would at least give the Angels pause for some consideration.