With Maicer Izturis likely on the shelf for the next 4-6 months with a torn lateral collateral ligament, the Toronto Blue Jays may be forced to try their best at making a deal that would strengthen an offensively challenged middle of the infield. The Jays won’t be able to solely rely on the return of Jose Reyes, because let’s face it; his health is anything but guaranteed.
As far as defense is concerned, the Jays have been more than on top of their game. However, at some point in the season they are going to need whoever is holding down second base and shortstop positions to produce at the plate as well. The starting pitching rotation is currently overachieving and one shouldn’t expect that to last much longer. With an apparent potent offense that has struggled inside the batter’s box to start the season, any offensive help they could get from their middle infield will be an absolute necessity moving forward.
The Jays’ bullpen is as deep as any in Major League Baseball. That is one portion of their team that they can afford to thin out in order to get some proper offensive abilities towards the bottom of their lineup. With the return of their closer Casey Janssen, Sergio Santos is most definitely on the trade block, especially when you consider the stellar start to the season that he has enjoyed filling in for Janssen as the interim closer. The Jays also have an abundance of long relievers that could also be sent packing for some help within the infield.
Don’t expect Alex Anthopoulos and his front office to wait too long to try and spark a deal that would help solidify the bottom of their club’s batting order. In order to stay competitive in the AL East, you have to make sure that your club can put up consistent numbers in all facets of the game. Ensuring that your team is nothing short of consistent and complete at every position is a must if you want to hold down the top spot in the toughest division in all of baseball. The time is now for the Jays to get crafty with the deepest part of their ball club — the bullpen.