As Major League Baseball‘s non-waiver trade deadline of July 31 quickly approaches, general managers all across the league are scrambling to obtain a finishing touch to what they consider to be the missing piece to their ball club being a potential playoff contender. For fans of the Toronto Blue Jays, there’s no telling what exactly is going on in an unpredictable Alex Anthopoulos‘ head when it comes down to figuring out how to improve his injury-riddled starting lineup. All they can hope for is that their GM is planning on being active over the next two weeks, as the Jays are sure to find it hard to survive in the American League East with their current roster.
After going 7-13 in their final 20 games before the All-Star break, and slipping to four games back of the first-place Baltimore Orioles, the Jays have been left wondering whether they can continue to compete in the AL East without the likes of Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and Adam Lind due to injuries. Although their starting pitching rotation has been surprisingly solid for the first half of the season, they are still very much susceptible to giving up a lot of hits and potentially even more runs after issuing the odd free pass. There is work to be done if this team wants to win now.
Anthopoulos made the blockbuster trade of the 2012-13 offseason with the Miami Marlins in order to establish an immediate contender. With his plan so far not playing out as he initially expected, Anthopoulos still says that this team can win…but how? Without throwing names such as Aaron Sanchez and/or Marcus Stroman out there, the Jays won’t have much to work with. Current injuries will and should force Anthopoulos to let go of his top prospects in order to finish what he may have started.
With the Orioles surging past them in the standings over the past two weeks and the New York Yankees right behind, the Jays are struggling to stay above water in the AL East. If the Jays want to regain their stride in what seems to be anyone’s division at this point, strengthening their club on the mound as well as up the middle of the diamond is an absolute must. If the team was built to win now and the desire to finally come out on top from the front office still exists, they need to put their money where their mouth is come this trade deadline if they want to see their ball club play baseball in October.