Toronto Blue Jays’ Top 5 Trade Assets
Blue Jays' Top 5 Trade Assets
The Toronto Blue Jays decided they were sick and tired of seeing every other team in the American League East make a run to the playoffs and they spent a ton of money this offseason. They made the trade with the Miami Marlins to acquire Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Emilio Bonifacio. They followed that up with making a trade for Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Lastly, they added Melky Cabrera in free agency and looked poised for a postseason appearance.
The result has been a 43-45 record, 10 games out of the first-place Boston Red Sox in the American East. Whether it be the injuries (Reyes, Brandon Morrow and Brett Lawrie to name a few) or the disappointments of some of their prize acquisitions (Dickey, Johnson and Buehrle combined 14-17 all with ERA over 4.50), the Blue Jays have not lived up to the hype.
They had a run in the middle of June where they won 11 straight, but have played under .500 ball since. If they decide to be sellers at the trade deadline, they have some interesting pieces. While they are stuck with some ungodly contracts (Buehrle, Reyes, Dickey and Ricky Romero), they have some veterans who are on short-term contracts that playoff teams might look to acquire.
The roster has talent; it is just a matter of putting it together on the field. The Blue Jays will certainly ride this thing out all the way to the deadline on July 31 but if they decide to pull the plug, here are five names that would yield a positive return.
5. Josh Johnson
Everyone knows Johnson has electric stuff by watching his days in a Marlins uniform. It has been a bit of a down year for the 29 year old, going 1-3 with a 4.89 ERA. The injury bug has bitten him again earlier in the season, but he will be a free agent at the end of the year, so if he has a couple good starts before the deadline, a team might take a chance on him knowing they do not have to commit to him long-term.
4. Colby Rasmus
Colby Rasmus has always been a top prospect that has never been able to completely put it together, but the power numbers have been there for the 26-year old the past two years with 23 home runs last year and 16 home runs already this year. He is arbitration eligible for the final time next year and could do for a playoff caliber team what Hunter Pence did for the San Francisco Giants last year.
3. Brett Cecil
Brett Cecil is a guy who struggled in his first four seasons with the Blue Jays, but has really put it together this year as a left-handed reliever. In 39 games, he is 3-0 with a 1.81 ERA and five Holds. Lefties are hitting an abysmal .110 off of Cecil this year in 82 at-bats. He has a lot of versatility and could either be a starter, a setup man or just a situational lefty for any playoff team looking for pitching depth.
2. Adam Lind
Adam Lind has had a very productive year, batting .309 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs. He is a guy who carries a club option for next year and as a left-handed bat, a team could look to acquire him as a rental player or pick him up for next year as well.
1. Rajai Davis
Rajai Davis missed nearly four weeks with an injury from mid May to the beginning of June, but he is healthy now and playing exceptionally well. In the last 26 games, he has scored 16 runs and stolen 13 bases. His defense and speed on the basepaths would be a great pickup for a postseason push. Plus, he is a free agent at the end of the year, so he would be an excellent short-term option.