You had to see this one coming. The Toronto Blue Jays have been purging left and right to stockpile anything that resembles a prospect to go along with the nucleus that has come along nicely. For me, they’re really an interesting team heading into the future that we will be featuring more and more as the years go on.
On trade deadline day, they finished things off by trading staring pitcher Aaron Sanchez; owner of a 3-14 record and 6.07 ERA at the moment. Sanchez is still only 26 years old, and memory allows for that 2016 out of a storybook to creep back into the mind when he went 15-2 and finished 7th in Cy Young voting.
Since then he’s been riddled with injuries and poor starts mostly. Still, it would not be a shocker to see this somehow pan out for the Astros. A move that is probably only to provide them with depth on the same day they acquired Zack Greinke probably ends up a huge win for the team that everything turns into golf for of late (see Alvarez, Yordan for Josh Fields).
Sanchez heads to the Houston Astros for Derek Fisher, an outfielder who doesn’t hit much.
Finally, there’s this nugget on the Marcus Stroman trade. It seems like the Blue Jays didn’t quite get enough, if you’re going by league opinion.
Text from an American League executive: "The Blue Jays' return for Stroman is embarrassing compared to what the Indians just got for Bauer."
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 31, 2019
One would figure that Ken Giles – who is dealing with an arm injury – will go in the offseason to a team for a couple of prospects. That should yield the best return of any of the small trades Toronto made.
This is probably a group that begins to come around a little bit in 2022 or 2023, but they’re a long ways off even with a group of exciting young talent like Bo Bichette, who cracked his first big league homer today.
I think with Bichette, Guerrero Jr., Lourdes Gurriel, and Cavan Biggio you have three can’t-miss guys and a maybe. Somehow, I think they scratch out a decent player in Danny Jansen.
Aside from that, I think you have Griffin Conine, Nate Pearson, Alek Manoah, and Anthony Kay as guys who will reach the big league level. They have a long way to go to stock the cupboard around the few exciting guys and the ho-hum veterans.