The Blue Jays exchanged Steve Pearce for the Red Sox on Tuesday night and started a potential sell-out. If these are the things, who will be the next veteran?
The trading market started a little earlier than it normally does, and the Blue Jays are now among the teams that sold veterans before the calendar even shot until July. On Thursday night, the Blue Jays and Red Sox agreed to a deal that sent Steve Pearce to Boston, which was a rare occurrence for the two teams in their own division.
Pearce could only be the beginning of the Blue Jays when it comes time to sell veterans, especially expiring contracts. The utility had signed a two-year contract in Toronto ahead of the 201
The 35-year-old may be the first to be expected by the fans Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro are among the busiest front-offs ahead of this year's no-holds-barred trade on 31 July. The list of potentially available players is quite long and could even be longer than expected, depending on whether the Front Office decides to begin rebuilding. It also makes me wonder who the next Blue Jay could be with a new mailing address this summer.
Great interest in J.A. Happ, who could become the top start pitcher in the trading market, depending on what the Mets are doing with Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. The 35-year-old left-hander was by far the best pitcher in Toronto this season and would offer an upgrade for almost any challenger looking to improve his rotation. When it comes to Happ's market, I think it will get a little closer to the deadline, and the Blue Jays might be forced to wait on the Mets to see how much they can filter out of the opposition on the trading market [19659004EsgibteinpaarBullpen-ArmediedieBlueJayszurVerfügungstellenkönntenjenachdemwiesiemitderSaison2018fortfahrenwollenSiekönnendieDingenichtvollständigdemontierenundsiehabeneinpaarWaffenunterKontrolleaberdasbedeutetnichtdasssienichteinpaarHandelsstückehabenwerdendiesieauchbetrachtenkönnenLeutewieJohnAxford(462ERA)undTylerClippard(329ERA)kamenbeidezuderZeitbeiMinor-League-DealsundClippardinsbesonderekanneinigesanInteressegewinnenSeunghwanOhwarin37Auftrittenmiteinem322ERAsolideundhateineOptionfür2019IchkönnteauchsehenwiedieBlueJaysnachsehenobAaronLoupInteressehatundwennsieeinAngebotbekommensolltensiedefinitivweitermachen19659007] We acquired SS Santiago Espinal from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for OF Steve Pearce and Bar Considerations.
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On the offending side, Josh Donaldson should be the coveted lure for the Blue Jays to dangle, but now, after his last setback hit him Probably for another month or more on the sidelines, this situation became very complicated. I would expect the Blue Jays to actively buy Curtis Granderson, who signed a one-year deal last winter and is a solid veteran who can deliver value as a platoon outfielder. Atkins and Shapiro could also meet shopper boys like Justin Smoak or even Russell Martin, who each stay one year on their deals (Smoak has a team option that is certainly practiced). These situations are much more complicated than others, but I would not rule them out.
But if I guessed who the next Blue Jay would be, I would go with Marco Estrada. Like Happ, Estrada could offer a rival upgrade to a rival team, depending on who they are currently racing with. He offers no improvement for a team like the Houston Astros, but there are others that could make sense.
For example, the Washington Nationals have a very talented rotation, but they are hurting right now. Stephen Strasburg is on the DL, as are Jeremy Hellickson and Joe Ross. The first two will return and Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez and probably Tanner Roark will join sooner than later, but a hiccup during rehab might make her pick up the phone for another starter. They could be the kind of team that could take a chance on Estrada to help their injuries while not paying a big price for the help. It's also possible that the Mariners or even the Angels might be interested.
Estrada played earlier in the National League, and there I would expect to get the most interest. The playoff race is much closer in the senior circuit, which means there are more potential buyers. And since Estrada is a cheaper option than someone like Happ, it could also arouse greater interest. It also does not hurt that the Transfiguration artist has a 2.35 ERA in the last five starts, posting a 0.978 WHIP and throwing 30.2 innings during this run.
Of course, I only speculate at this stage, and things are moving quickly and sometimes unpredictably in the trade market in late June and July. As I write this Jon Morosi tweets about a potential deal between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers for Cole Hamels that would damage my theory that the top pitchers will later be moved. That said, I'm still predicting that Estrada is the next guy out there, while the Blue Jays start a new chapter with their roster.
It should be an interesting month or so before the waiver date, even if the team continues to fight.