After Monday’s heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox, it appears another nail has been placed in the Toronto Blue Jays coffin. While that may sound like a morbid way to describe the situation, it likely reflects the mood of fans in Southern Ontario.
As hopes of the postseason fade, thoughts turn to the future of the roster. Along those lines, as Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun confirmed, the Blue Jays have placed R.A. Dickey, J.A. Happ, Jose Reyes and Todd Redmond on revocable waivers.
(Before anyone gets too alarmed, Mark Buehrle, Brett Cecil, Casey Janssen, Dustin McGowan, Sergio Santos and Colby Rasmus were also placed on waivers earlier this month. Most players are placed on the list at some point during the process.)
Revocable waivers is a way for the Blue Jays to gauge interest in their players. Theoretically, the likes of Dickey and Reyes could indeed be enticing pieces for teams looking to enhance their postseason hopes.
If anyone does decide to make a claim, the two sides have two days to work on a deal. For the record, it should be noted that just because a player is claimed, it doesn’t mean a trade is certain to happen.
With the deadline set for August 31st, it will be interesting to see if Dickey and company receive any claims. Elliot did confirm the Los Angeles Dodgers had a scout in attendance to watch Happ pitch Monday night, as he gave up five hits and three runs (all earned) in six innings of action.