Bo Bichette is already talking like his Blue Jays days are coming to an end

Latest comments come after Ross Atkins believed the opportunity was there to extend him
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Ahead of the Blue Jays' crucial four-game series with the Yankees, which starts this evening at Rogers Center, Ross Atkins addressed the media where he was pressed on the Blue Jays trade deadline plans. He admitted he's not quite ready to pull the plug on the season yet but did acknowledge that the Blue Jays had put themselves in a difficult position, which saw them lose seven out of eight games prior to Thursday's victory. Their playoff odds have dropped to 6.0% on FanGraphs and they sit 13.5 games back of the Yankees.

On Blair & Barker, he was pressed by Blair on previous comments which he made on MLB Network where he ruled out trading Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr, who'll be free agents after the 2025 season. He responded to Blair saying: 'the opportunity is there to extend them as they're part of the solution.' However, an hour later, Bichette contradicted Atkins when he spoke to Hazel Mae regarding trade rumours, who asked him whether he'd be surprised at getting traded to which Bichette replied: 'No not surprised at all.'

Bichette's comments have sparked an uproar amongst the fanbase, with some calling out Atkins for not extending one of the faces of the franchise alongside Guerrero and some stating he wants to be traded to a contender. This could be the case, given the rumors that've been swirling around in recent weeks. Earlier on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal mentioned the Dodgers as a potential destination beyond the July 30 deadline, but Bichette has missed time recently due to a right calf sprain and he hasn't put up the best numbers offensively batting just .233, 4 HR, 28 RBI and a .618 OPS, which are the worst numbers of his career so far.

Earlier this season, Kevin Gausman stressed the need to perform better to avoid selling at deadline but the Blue Jays find themselves in a difficult position now. For them to avoid this, they'd have to go a similiar run to the New York Mets, who've won 15 of their past 19 games, including a sweep of the Yankees in the Subway Series to climb back to .500. Atkins is willing to 'take things one day at a time' and 'we haven't received a significant number of calls for players on short term contracts.' Unfortunately, if the Blue Jays don't get hot soon, tough decisions will have to be made. Could Bo Bichette benefit from a change of scenery? Only time will tell, but this afternoon he gave a clear indication that his time on the Blue Jays is coming to an end.