Kevin Gausman all but acknowledges that a rebuild is coming if the Blue Jays don't turn it around soon

Toronto's Ace vents his frustrations with how the season's gone so far but did he provide a hint into Trade Deadline plans?
New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays
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On Tuesday, the Blue Jays suffered yet another shutout loss and only managed two hits and were booed off the field by the home fans. They won Wednesday against the White Sox, but they are four games under .500 at 22-26. Not to mention, the Jays are 10.5 games out of first place in the AL East and 3.5 out of a Wild Card spot. Prior to the game on Tuesday, Kevin Gausman spoke to the Toronto Sun to express his disappointment at the way season's gone so far, but did he also hint at trade deadline plans?

He leaned towards the idea of the Blue Jays selling given the team's performance so far, saying, "the reality is if we don't play well, this team won't be together for much longer", which he is correct to say. Earlier this week in an article by MLB's Mark Feinsand, some in the industry believe it's possible that Toronto trades one or both of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette at the deadline but the asking prices were hefty. The Blue Jays also have multiple impending free agents including Yusei Kikuchi, Justin Turner and Kevin Kiermaier; rumors involving Kikuchi and Turner have ramped up in recent weeks. Could these scenarios become a reality if the Blue Jays don't pick up wins?

Gausman noted dissatisfaction within the clubhouse too, he notes that everybody wants things to change but they "need a good month to get out of the position [they] find [themselves] in." The Blue Jays have addressed these changes by moving their best two hitters Davis Schneider and Danny Jansen to the top two spots in the batting order, for which Gausman gives Schneider credit for. Nonetheless, they'll need to make the most of the 'softer' part of their schedule where they'll face the White Sox, Pirates and Athletics within the next month. Up to this point the Blue Jays have had the third most difficult schedule in MLB, where they've played two teams under .500 in the White Sox and the Astros. Wins during the 'softer' part of the schedule isn't going to solve all the problems Toronto currently faces but it would decrease the chances of a rebuild starting at this month's Trade Deadline.

Gausman is right by saying the Blue Jays "need to crush it for a week" and is proud of the fact that the team haven't quit so far. Unfortunately, their playoff odds currently stand at 18%. If the Blue Jays wish to improve on these odds, they'll need to score more runs, (ranked 29th in MLB in runs scored per game), the bullpen will have to be more efficient and the rotation will need to stay consistent. All in all, unlike the general manager who left the fanbase and media short of answers during his availability on Saturday, Kevin Gausman, is willing to say it how it is.