According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Toronto Blue Jays are more than willing to discuss potential deals that may involve their heavy hitters, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, as GM Alex Anthopoulos never rules out any possibilities, no matter whose name surfaces within the rumor mill.
Rosenthal believes that such a trade would make sense for the Blue Jays, as the current market for big-time hitters is very small and the Jays would probably end up acquiring better overall talent.
If teams around MLB want to impress Anthopoulos with their offers, past history tells us that they should just bundle up a group of pitchers and send them north of the border. Anthopoulos has tried vigorously to strengthen his club’s pitching rotation over the years, only to see it dwindle due to injuries as the seasons progressed.
Expect nothing less from Anthopoulos this coming offseason, as rumor also has it that he will be looking to add a strong arm to the middle of the rotation since the likes of Josh Johnson, Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero were anything but reliable and impressive in 2013.
Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, they lack a serious amount of depth in their minor league system as most of their coveted assets were given up in the blockbuster deals with the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets almost a year ago. Dealing their big bats may be the only way to go if Anthopoulos wants to pull the trigger on a mega deal two offseasons in a row, but don’t expect him to do so unless that very deal makes the team better.
Anthopoulos is under a lot of pressure in Toronto, especially after the terrible season that was just had by his revamped club. If he trades Bautista and/or Encarnacion he needs to make sure that he comes out the winner in a very big way.