By Jonny Adornetto @jonnyrants on April 11, 2014
With the Toronto Blue Jays presumably failing in regards to their "win-now" campaign from only one season ago, the team's front office may be forced to let go of a number of their players come the All-Star break. If 2014 goes south for the Blue Jays, expect a trade-period comparable to the fire sale down in Miami. Only this time, the Jays would find themselves on the other end of the deal.
After proving he is not yet nearly ready to take hold of a spot in the starting pitching rotation, if the Jays find themselves in the playoff hunt, Marcus Stroman could find himself dawning a different Triple-A uniform than the one he currently wears as a member of the Buffalo Bisons. The Jays would most likely trade him for some starting pitching depth that would be necessary for the playoffs.
It's been so far so good for Sergio Santos after he was named interim closer with the injury to Casey Janssen. Santos is a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities in 2014, thus making him susceptible to being traded sometime in 2014. If the Jays find themselves out of the playoff picture and are getting offers from a team that desperately needs a closer, Santos will be shipped out of town immediately due to the depth of the Jays' bullpen.
As much as Blue Jays fans hate to admit it, Alex Anthopoulos wouldn't mind flipping an injury-riddled Jose Reyes to a legitimate contender come the All-Star break in exchange for a couple of young arms. He'd also free up a lot of money if Reyes was sent packing, which is something that would make Rogers Communications very happy.
To continue on with the trend, R.A. Dickey could be of use to a playoff contender down the stretch of the regular season, especially if that team isn't the Jays. Pitching wins championships, and with that in mind, Dickey could find himself as a hot commodity on the market come July.
Mark Buehrle is as steady as they come and and after getting off to a great start in 2014, Buehrle's durability will be a sought after characteristic come mid-season. Buehrle certainly isn't married to the idea of staying in Toronto and would perhaps even encourage a trade involving him to a playoff team. He's easily a solid late-in-the-rotation pitcher on any playoff team.
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