The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching, and one of the teams that is expected to be active is the Blue Jays.
Toronto currently sits second in the AL East and in the top wild card spot in the AL. After some struggles in the first half of the season, the Blue Jays are 12-3 in their last 15 games as the trade deadline gets closer and closer and general manager Ross Atkins should be making calls to get some reinforcements.
The Blue Jays certainly need help on the mound, in both their rotation and bullpen, so expect at least an arm or two to be acquired ahead of Tuesday’s deadline. A left-handed bat in the order may help as well, as Toronto boasts a right-handed-heavy order.
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The Sporting News will be tracking all the latest rumors and moves involving the Blue Jays ahead of the MLB trade deadline.
This year’s trade deadline is a bit later than usual, both in date and time. Teams have until 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 2 to file paperwork to the league’s office to complete trades. This is a bit later than the typical July 31 date.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement that ended the spring training lockout gives the commissioner the authority to set the trade deadline each year “on a date between July 28th and August 3rd” and MLB opted for the back end of that range this year, as July 31 fell on a Sunday.
Blue Jay trade for Royals infielder Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, sources tell ESPN.
One has to believe he’ll be getting vaccinated.
The biggest deal for the Blue Jays at the deadline comes at the final hour, as they acquire utilityman Whit Merrifield from the Royals. The 33-year-old isn’t what he used to be, when he was an extremely effective contact hitter, but he’s still a reliable depth option that can play almost anywhere in the field. He currently is not vaccinated, but it is assumed that he will get the necessary shots in order to play in Canada, otherwise a move would not have been made.
The Blue Jays are giving up Samad Taylor and Max Castillo in the deal.
Blue Jays acquire pitchers Zach Pop, Anthony Bass from the Marlins for Jordan Groshans
OFFICIAL: We’ve acquired RHP Anthony Bass, RHP Zach Pop 🇨🇦 and a PTBNL from the Marlins in exchange for INF Jordan Groshans. pic.twitter.com/2zYrpoXDOo
The Blue Jays have made their first move of the deadline day, acquiring pitchers Zach Pop and Anthony Bass from the Marlins. Pop is in his second season in the MLB, where he owns a 3.60 ERA in 18 appearances. Bass will be making his second stint in Toronto after previously pitching for the Blue Jays in 2020. As a reliever for the Marlins this season, he sports a 1.41 ERA in 45 appearances. Toronto also is getting a PTBNL.
The Blue Jays are giving up shortstop prospect Jordan Groshans, the No. 4 prospect in Toronto and a top 100 prospect in the MLB. He has spent the majority of the season in AAA with Buffalo.
Blue Jays trade for pitcher Mitch White from the Dodgers
The #BlueJays get young starter Mitch White and minor league infielder Alex De Jesus. from the #Dodgers for minor league pitchers Nick Frasso and Moises Brito.
Right before the 6 p.m. deadline, the Blue Jays get Mitch White from the Dodgers for minor-league pitchers, according to Robert Murray. The 27-year-old has acted as both a starter and reliever for Los Angeles this season, seeing appearances in 17 total games while starting 10. He owns a 1-2 record and a 3.30 ERA. Depending on how he is used, he’ll either give a boost to the rotation or bullpen but either way, the Blue Jays add depth on the mound.
Phillies closing in on Syndergaard
The clock is ticking and it appears as though Philadelphia is nearing close to a deal for Syndergaard. Blue Jays haven’t been tied to anyone else, but we’ll see what Atkins can do in the last 10 minutes.
The Noah Syndergaard sweepstakes are down to two teams: Blue Jays and Phillies
The name the Blue Jays have been the most connected to all day is Syndergaard and they are one of the last two teams standing. If Thor gets moved, it seems as though it will be down to the Blue Jays or the Phillies.
Blue Jays remain interested on Syndergaard, as well as Raisel Iglesias
Not only is Toronto continuing talks with the Angels on Syndergaard, but according to Jon Heyman, they have discussed the potential of acquiring closer Raisel Iglesias as well.
Juan Soto traded from the Nationals to the Padres
The biggest deal of the day is announced, as Juan Soto and Josh Bell are heading to the Padres in exchange for C.J. Abrams, MacKenzie Gore and three other prospects. The Blue Jays reportedly were interested in a Soto deal and reached out in July, but by deadline day, were not in discussions with the Nationals, according to Jon Morosi.
Noah Syndergaard remains a target for the Blue Jays
After missing out on Castillo and Montas, Noah Syndergaard has reportedly been an interest of the Blue Jays. The Angels starter has had a strong bounce back season after struggling with injuries the last two years. By no means the big splash Montas or Castillo would have been, but could be a good depth option for middle to back end of the rotation.
Blue Jays have shown interest in Cubs outfielder Ian Happ
The Cubs are clearly sellers, and the Blue Jays may be one of the partners in a trade, as Toronto is interested in acquiring Ian Happ, according to Jon Morosi. The outfielder is hitting .279 with 46 RBIs in Chicago this season, and can hit from both sides of the plates.
Blue Jays miss on Pirates’ Jose Quintana
Toronto missed out on another starter they had been previously tied to, as the Pirates send Jose Quintana to the Cardinals. That’s three starters that the Blue Jays have been in the mix for, but have not landed so far.
Toronto misses out on A’s Frankie Montas
The Blue Jays were previously tied to Oakland starter Frankie Montas in rumors before the Yankees picked him up Monday afternoon. The Mariners previously traded for another potential Toronto target in Luis Castillo, the other top starter on the market.
Blue Jays should be among ‘more active teams’ before deadline
Toronto should be in the mix for arms of all types ahead of the deadline, as ESPN’s Buster Olney reports the Blue Jays “figure to be one of the more active teams” in the final hours as they “continue to pursue starting pitching, bullpen help.”
Blue Jays are in the mix for Pirates lefty Jose Quintana
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Toronto has been kicking the tires on Quintana. The 33-year-old has had a strong bounce back season after struggling mightily since 2019. He owns a 3.50 ERA and could give the Blue Jays a solid lefty option as a starter with Hyun-Jin Ryu out for the year and the inconsistencies of Yusei Kikuchi.
Blue Jays are interested in Tigers reliever Michael Fulmer
Toronto needs some help in the bullpen and according to Jon Morosi, one of the names that has popped up in connection with the Blue Jays is Fulmer. The Detroit reliever owns a 2.77 ERA in 40 appearances this season. The former starter has switched to a bullpen role the last two seasons and has seen improvements in his numbers. Fulmer would be bringing late-inning experience north of the border.