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With the MLB Draft taking place this weekend, the trade buzz surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays will more than likely pick back up following the draft.
Although trade rumours swirled about Jeff Samardzija to the Blue Jays throughout the early part of the year, numerous reports suggest that the cost to acquire Samardzija is too rich for the Blue Jays liking. ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote that he believes the Blue Jays don’t have the prospect depth to pursue the likes of Jeff Samardzija or even David Price.
While that may be true, an interesting report from CBS Sports Jon Heyman suggests that Royals star pitcher James Shields could be a more likely target for Toronto. Shields is due to become a free agent at seasons end and would fit the Blue Jays rumoured preference of acquiring rental players this season. Given the Royals struggles this year (currently sitting at a 28-31 record ), one would have to believe that if the Royals are not in contention by the trade deadline, James Shields will certainly become available.
As the Blue Jays continue to play well, I believe that they will be buyers and “go for it” this year in the AL East. But with the Blue Jays playing in the home run friendly confines of the Rogers Centre, I’m sure they have a specific idea of the type of pitcher they would like to acquire.
Here are potential trade targets that may interest the Toronto Blue Jays in the coming weeks.