What the Blue Jays need at MLB Trade Deadline Pt1
AS THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS APPROACH THE JULY 31ST MLB TRADE DEADLINE, THERE ARE CLEAR AREAS OF NEED. THEY MUST ADDRESS THEIR STARTING PITCHING DEPTH.
It might seem odd to be talking about the July 31st Trade Deadline a couple of weeks beforehand. Or, it might not. Many of the major outlets, and those who represent them, have already begun their assessment of the market and sharing at will. By now, teams will have been identified as ‘buyers’ or ‘sellers’ and storylines will evolve accordingly. Assessing a club two weeks ahead of the deadline can be difficult given that so much can change. Losing a key player shifts priorities in an unexpected way. A sudden hot (or cold) streak changes which label you enter the dance with.
With that said, the Toronto Blue Jays can be expected to be looking to make deals to bolster their already strong roster in an attempt at repeating their playoff appearance from a year ago. At the All Star break, the club is 2 games out of the division lead and hold a Wild Card spot. We can expect that they will not be content with keeping status quo while the Orioles and Red Sox look to make improvements. So, they’ll seek out opportunities. They will not repeat last season’s flurry of deals, but they will try and add.
There are several areas teams look to improve at this time of year. For the Blue Jays, pitching depth has to be at the top of the list. That is not to say that the pitching they have is not good enough. Nope. But, if they are going to compete, they are going to need some help.
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