Trade Deadline 2017, Toronto Blue Jays: Buyers or Sellers?
Let’s not beat around the bush here. The Blue Jays have been a major disappointment this year. They’re currently sitting at 42-48 with plenty of excuses as to why they’ve under performed this season but the truth is, they’re just shit.
So with the MLB trade deadline fast approaching, it leaves Jays fans to question whether or not they should be buying or selling. If you’re an objective fan, who can honestly judge this team for what it is then the answer is clear.
Sell. Sell. Sell.
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— BP Toronto (@BProToronto) July 16, 2017
Don’t get me wrong; it’s easier said than done. The Jays are amongst the top five teams in the league for fans per game and could be worried about upsetting the fan base but let’s just be honest here, fuck the fans. The fans will come back when you return to winning.
For years the Rogers Centre was a baseball wasteland with tens of thousands of empty seats per game with the exception of giveaway days because as we all know, people love free shit. But as soon as AA made a couple of big trades and the Jays started winning again, the place was packed.
In fact, this team is still coasting off of those AA trades in 2015 and without upgrading the team, the Jays have progressively gotten worse to the point of this extreme nosedive that we see this season. The facts are clear. Guys aren’t playing up to expectations.
Marco Estrada and Francisco Liriano have ERA’s of 5.17 and 6.04. Even today against the Tigers, Estrada went for just over three innings, allowing four runs. Josh Donaldson, who I will admit has struggled with injuries this season is still on pace for career lows in runs, hits, RBI’s and HRs since becoming a full-time player.
Tulo isn’t exactly playing like Tulo either with 7 HRs and 24 RBI’s. Russell Martin is batting .230 with 9 HR’s and 20 RBI’s, and Ezequiel Carrera is putting up similar numbers also. They’re just not playing well.
Someone: The Blue Jays aren't going to make the postseason
— Pitchin' Jays ⚾️ (@PitchinBlueJays) July 10, 2017
So what do you do?
The rumors say that Donaldson and Happ could find themselves on the trading block, which makes sense. If you’re looking to rebuild, a fan favorite that can produce could bring in quite a bit. Liriano and Estrada are potential free agents, so why not put them on the block and at least get something for players who might not even be with the team next season.
The Jays need to rebuild, but with the current management regime, I’m willing to bet they won’t. My bet is they’ll use the injuries as an excuse for the underwhelming performances we’ve seen this season and try to sell us on why things will be different next year. The truth is the Jays are on route to becoming the same old Jays we’ve seen in years past. Teams with a couple of marketable players but filled with enough holes to sink a ship.
Hopefully, the team makes the right choice and doesn’t worry about what the fans may think, and does what’s best for the team.