By now, there's little doubt that Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette has done more than enough to prove he's one of the game's top young talents.
The 25-year-old just wrapped up his fifth season in the big leagues and posted an OPS+ north of 120 for the fourth consecutive year. In 2023, he was one of just nine players in the game to hit over .300 and he put up some incredible numbers in a year that was somewhat abbreviated by multiple injuries.
Last offseason, the Blue Jays essentially bought out the remaining years of arbitration eligibility over Bichette, locking him in financially so he can focus more on playing the game than negotiating behind the scenes. This makes the young superstar cheap for a top-shelf talent.
We all know how the MLB offseason works. Free agent and trade rumors run rampant and every team is tied to every player on either market.
However, the latest report from Juan Toribio of MLB.com suggests that the Los Angeles Dodgers may need a shortstop if Gavin Lux is not ready for 2024 Opening Day. Who will they target on the trade market to fill a potential void? Well none other than the Brewers' Willy Adames and Bo Bichette.
Adames, currently playing for a team that seems destined for a rebuild, makes a ton of sense for a club like the Dodgers to target. He's another lightning rod type of player who carries any team he's on both on the field and off of it. With a major sell-off on the horizon for the Brewers, the fact that a team loaded on resources like the Dodgers is interested in him is not surprising at all.
But Bichette? Moving him now is ludicrous, and the Blue Jays couldn't possibly even entertain an offer unless the Dodgers were willing to send multiple big league-ready pieces in return. Sure, L.A. has the prospect capital for Ross Atkins to not immediately hang up the phone during talks, but moving on from Bichette would be insanity.
As of right now, the Blue Jays are smack dab in the middle of their current contention window. There's just no way they trade away Bichette, especially with a major lack of options floating around out there. It's not like there are any obvious internal candidates or even free agents to sign that would seamlessly fill that void.
Departing from your best hitter would feel an awful lot like waving a white flag, and Ross Atkins has made it clear that that is absolutely not going to happen. The Blue Jays are very much in "add" mode rather than subtract. It's quite easy to see why a team like the Dodgers would have interest in Bichette, but dealing the best player on your team does not line up with the Jays' vision of adding assets for another march towards October.