Blue Jays Trade Deadline: One target from EVERY non-contending team to pursue

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The Toronto Blue Jays continue to win ballgames, now sitting at 45-39 on the year with a 61.7% chance of making the 2023 playoffs per FanGraphs. Things have been going smoothly for the club as of late, as they are 6-4 in their last 10 and the offense finally appears to be waking up.

As the trade deadline approaches, there seem to be a few areas in need of an upgrade on the Blue Jays' active roster. Since a division victory, or more likely as of right now, a Wild Card spot, still is fully within reach, the Jays appear to be leaning more "buyers" than "sellers" at the deadline.

Starting pitcher, relief pitcher, bench bat, power hitter. These are the top items on a potential "trade deadline wish list" for the Jays. With Alek Manoah nowhere near big league-ready, acquiring a starter is of the utmost importance for the club. Ross Atkins recently told the media that he does not want to operate with four true starters and a bullpen day each time through the rotation. This means that a starter is likely priority No. 1. Fortunately, there are quite a few targets out there that fit that bill.

Let's look around the league and pick out an ideal trade target for the Blue Jays from every non-contending team. We left out teams leading divisions (even the Twins, who are atop the AL Central with a win-loss record below .500) and clubs that feel like

Staying in the AL East

  • Boston Red Sox - Adam Duvall

The Red Sox are certainly going to be hesitant to make a trade inside of their own division, but Duvall seems like the likeliest candidate to be moved. Multiple outlets including Chris Cotillo at MassLive say that the fact that Boston survived without Duvall when he was injured for months means he can be an expendable piece at the deadline. Again, may not happen since the Blue Jays are in the same division, but the 34-year-old outfielder has experience all over the grass and carries significant thump in his bat.