Toronto Blue Jays: 4 storylines to follow post All-Star break

Toronto Blue Jays (Photo by Carlos Osorio- Pool via Getty Images)
Toronto Blue Jays (Photo by Carlos Osorio- Pool via Getty Images) /
2 of 5
Toronto Blue Jays
BOSTON, MA – JULY 12: J.A. Happ #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 12, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

What do they do at the trade deadline?

The Blue Jays lost a big trade chip in Josh Donaldson so cross him off the list unless a team is willing to take a massive risk in giving up an asset for a player with a lingering injury.

Because of that a lot of the attention has been directed as J.A. Happ who figures to be the top target for many teams looking for a rental option for a playoff run. Going into the All-Star break, the left-hander struggled through his last few starts but his body of work speaks for itself.

What the Blue Jays can’t afford to do is trade Happ just for the sake of trading him. It should be the number one priority to get the best return for a pitcher that has been able to pitch well against AL East batters.

Marco Estrada showed signs of his old self before an injury took him out of action but if he gets back on the mound the Blue Jays should be able to find a suitor for a player that has had strong performances in the postseason.

Ian Hunter recently wrote for DailyHive that the Blue Jays should explore deals for Seunghwan Oh, Tyler Clippard, and Aaron Loup. He’s not wrong to suggest it, both Oh and Clippard would give a contender late-inning options while Loup can be an effective reliever against lefties.

The only hitters that would be worth pursuing at this point have to be Curtis Granderson and possibly Kendys Morales. Neither will fetch a top-ranked prospect but it doesn’t hurt to try and stock the prospect cabinet.