MLB insider predicts the Blue Jays will make a huge impact at the deadline

Despite ongoing rumors, they have no interest in trading Vladimir Guerrero Jr or Bo Bichette
Colorado Rockies v Toronto Blue Jays
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Even though the Blue Jays managed to win Wednesday's game comprehensively against the Giants, they still find themselves eight games under .500 at 42-50. With that being said, it's clear that they'll be sellers for the first time since 2019, as they're eight and a half games back of a wildcard spot. With a large number of impending free agents, MLB insider Mark Feinsand believes that the Blue Jays could make a huge impact at the deadline.

Within his article, the Blue Jays have told other teams 'that they'd only be interested in trading players on expiring contracts.' These players would include: Yusei Kikuchi, who was dominant in his last outing, Yimi Garcia, Danny Jansen and Justin Turner. The article states that the Blue Jays would get the best returns for Kikuchi, Garcia and Trevor Richards despite the blown save in last night's defeat.

On the flip side, the returns wouldn't be as large for Turner or Kevin Kiermaier, who are both performing below their career bests. The Blue Jays have no intention of moving players with control beyond 2024, which includes: Chris Bassitt, Jordan Romano, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette in spite of ongoing rumors. An NL executive stated they'd: 'test the waters on some of those players,' but didn't believe that any of them would be moved. Even if the Blue Jays moved the majority of their impending free agents, they'd still have a strong roster for 2025 to run it back although one executive pondered whether the Blue Jays window is already closed. They've made it to the playoffs in each of the past four seasons with no wins to show for it and they should proceed with whatever value Bichette and Guerrero have.

Toronto extension discussions with the pair of them but a deal has yet to be struck with either player. Ross Atkins acknowledged a few weeks ago that the Blue Jays 'were in a tough spot and they've dug themselves in a deep hole.' Time is running out and It's still uncertain on what the next three weeks leading up to the July 30th deadline will bring. They've failed to turn their fortunes around and they're prepared to be sellers. The only question is which direction will they head in?