Ryan Tepera is reportedly generating interest from around the Majors as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, but would the Toronto Blue Jays actually move him?
There’s no denying it’s been a tough season for the Toronto Blue Jays, as evidenced by their position in the standings. Many of their key contributors have failed to live up their potential, resulting in a 33-39 record entering Wednesday’s action.
However, one player who has performed well, is Ryan Tepera. In fact, he has exceeded expectations.
Following Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves, Tepera is on course for his most productive season yet. This includes career bests in ERA, FIP and strikeouts per nine innings.
With this in mind, it should really come as no surprise teams around the Majors are paying attention to the 30-year-old. It could even result in him being moved.
As reported by MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, trade interest is building for Tepera. However, would the Blue Jays actually consider letting him leave between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline?
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In theory, Toronto will be sellers, especially when consider how far they are already behind in the race for a wild card spot. And yet, you imagine it would take a considerable package for general manager Ross Atkins to be tempted to trade Tepera.
As Morosi notes, the Houston, Texas native is not a free agent until after the 2021 campaign. As such, there is no urgency to move him.
For what it’s worth, as noted by Sportsnet, Tepera will be arbitration-eligible for the first time following this season. As such, any interest will likely have to include a significant compensation package.
Ultimately, the likelihood is the 2009 19th round draft pick won’t be going anywhere. However, it will still be interesting to keep an eye on his situation in the coming weeks.
What’s your take on Tepera’s production this season? Do you believe the Toronto Blue Jays will move him by the non-waiver trade deadline, and if so, why? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.