Blue Jays fielding calls on both Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette

Nothing is close, but the Blue Jays are at least listening to what others have to say.

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Despite a disappointing 2023 season, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette still appear to very much be the faces of the Toronto Blue Jays.

However, this morning in an article from The Athletic (subscription required), MLB insider Ken Rosenthal brought up the possibility of the two being moved. Rosenthal, who is one of the more reliable reporters around the game, said the team was "getting calls" on both players according to anonymous sources. He followed this by saying it would make little sense to trade either of them since the Jays seem to be in win-now mode, which is only reinforced by their reported pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.

This should all obviously be taken with a grain of salt, especially since Rosenthal never said if the Blue Jays were even open to moving either player, but it is certainly something to watch for this offseason.

Guerrero, who's coming off his worst season since the pandemic, would still be a huge asset in any potential trade, since he'll only be 25 next season, and has the upside of being one of the best hitters in baseball as his 2021 MVP runner-up campaign showed. His 117 OPS+ and 26 home runs in 2023 may mean his trade value is the lowest it has ever been, but the raw talent he has at the plate for someone his age would still command a hefty package on the trade market.

Bichette on the other hand has been one of baseball's most consistent players over the last three seasons, with a 124 OPS+ across almost 2000 plate appearances since 2021. He received MVP votes for a third straight season in 2023 and even if he isn't the best defender, his ability to play a premium position well enough would make him a huge asset.

If there's anything that could motivate the Blue Jays to trade either of these players it would likely be for financial reasons, as they'll both command massive contracts when they hit free agency in 2026, something that Rosenthal noted in his article. It could be difficult for the Blue Jays to extend both players before they hit the open market, so they could opt to flip them for some cheaper players with more club control.

Again, this is all speculation and to this point, there is nothing to suggest the organization has any real interest in trading their two most promising young players, but as we gear up for what should be an eventful offseason, it's definitely worth keeping an eye on.