Toronto Blue Jays: 5 Players who could be moved at MLB trade deadline

Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after giving up a three run home run to Neil Walker of the New York Yankees in the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium on August 17, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after giving up a three run home run to Neil Walker of the New York Yankees in the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium on August 17, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

With the MLB trade deadline less than a month away, which Toronto Blue Jays could find themselves rocking different uniforms come August 1? 

It would be really easy to just copy and paste the entire Toronto Blue Jays roster into this article and call it a day, as almost anybody not bolted to the ground could see a different team’s logo on their paycheques for the stretch run.

However, there are a few names that have been circulating in talks with other clubs as of late. Here are the top five Blue Jays most likely to be traded before deadline day.

5. Eric Sogard

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When the Blue Jays took a flyer on Sogard in the winter of 2018, there is no way that they could have ever expected the output that they have received. Sogard has had a career year, slashing .294/.364/.478 while hitting nine home runs in 60 games.

To put that in perspective, Sogard went yard 11 times in his previous 584 games, split between Oakland and Milwaukee. Sogard also possesses the defensive utility that contending teams covet. He’s not likely to land in a situation where he becomes a full-time player on a contender, however, he could be the perfect bench piece for the pennant push.

Potential suitors: Houston, Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, Minnesota

4. Ken Giles

After leaving the Houston Astros in **ahem** unceremonious fashion, Giles has reinvigorated his career with the Jays this season and is primed to help a bullpen in distress. While he has been the Jays’ closer this season, contending teams might value him more as a set-up man. Regardless, 97 mph plays anywhere in the major leagues, and there will be no shortage of teams willing to take a chance on Giles’ shaky postseason history.

Potential suitors: Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis

3. Daniel Hudson

We’ve seen the Blue Jays finagle solid returns for bullpen arms in the past, and Hudson seems like another opportunity for a big haul. The proud owner of a 2.72 ERA in 37 games of action, Hudson is a 10 year veteran with experience in both the AL and NL. While he does only have one career playoff game under his belt, Hudson has one stat to his name that should entice any contender to pick up the phone and dial 1-416. Daniel Hudson has inherited 22 base runners this season. Only one has come in to score.

Potential suitors: Everyone. Who doesn’t need an extra arm come playoff time?

2. Freddy Galvis

Moving Galvis is almost more about what it allows the Blue Jays to do on their end than it is about acquiring more pieces for the farm system.

If Galvis is dealt, the Blue Jays could potentially trot out an infield of Tellez-Biggio-Bichette-Guerrero Jr., giving us our first look at the infield that is expected to populate the Rogers Centre dirt for years to come.

He has been one of the only consistent bats in the lineup this season, and the Jays will miss his calming presence, but his departure would open the door for the entire future to arrive.

Potential suitors: Milwaukee, Tampa Bay, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers

1. Marcus Stroman

With the Blue Jays firmly in a selling position come deadline time, no player looks more likely to move on than Stroman.

The Blue Jays’ lone all-star and the front office have been growing further and further apart for months now, and with one team certainly in the mix for the fiery right-hander, the time seems right to move Stroman.

While the Jays would love to keep him out of the division, the Yankees have emerged as the top candidate to acquire Stroman’s services and seem to be willing to give up the most in return.

While Stroman seems to have nothing but love for his teammates, the fans and the city, his all but definite move to the Bronx has the potential to line up some interesting matchups down the stretch. The Blue Jays and Yankees play each other 13 more times this season.

This trade is going to get some blow-back à la the Kevin Pillar deal, however, it doesn’t look like the relationship between Stro-Show and management is salvageable.

Potential suitors: New York Yankees

As far as teams that the Jays should want to make deals with, the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins seem to have the most of what the Blue Jays need; outfield and starting pitching prospects. All three are top 10 systems according to Bleacher Report, and are competitive this year, meaning they might be desperate to fill a hole or find a quick fix for an injury. The Blue Jays can’t get much worse than they already are over this deadline period, but, if they play their cards right, they can make their future a whole lot better.

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