Toronto Blue Jays: Trade Deadline Grade
The Toronto Blue Jays made quite a splash at the trade deadline this year. When it comes to trades, it’s hard for fans to not become armchair executives and give their two cents on how they would’ve done better.
Being an actual executive is hard work as Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins are showing with their deals this past week. I’m not saying I could do better but, there’s a hell of a lot of people who could.
Their first move came on Sunday afternoon sending Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets in return for a couple pitching prospects. I’ve already stated my opinion on that so you can read that here (spoiler alert: I don’t like it).
Since then, the Jays have been active.
On Monday, they sent Eric Sogard to the Tampa Bay Rays for some players to be named later. This one was a relatively decent trade for the Jays. Presumably, they’ll be getting younger with whoever they get back and they get to bring up some of their prospects for reps in the majors.
On Tuesday, David Phelps got dealt to the Cubs for pitcher Tom Hatch. Once again, another deal to get younger. Phelps is a 30-year-old MLB ready pitcher and, Hatch is 24-year-old pitching in AA. Hatch’s numbers are nothing to phone home about but, with good development, maybe he can have some sort of an impact a few years down the road.
On Wednesday, Daniel Hudson was traded to the Washington Nationals for pitcher Kyle Johnston. Once again, a deal that makes this team a bit younger. Johnston has never pitched in the major leagues and Hudson has been around forever. Another pitcher that doesn’t have great numbers in minors but, with proper work maybe he gets to another level.
Later in the day Wednesday, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini were shipped out to the Houston Astros for Derek Fisher…
It’s okay if you’ve never heard of the guy cause neither have I. He’s a 24-year-old outfielder who’s played in 112 total games in the MLB. His numbers in the show are shoddy and, from all accounts, he’s not going to turn into a star:
However, Jays management seems to be keen on the addition of the young-ish outfielder.
The Sanchez deal is the most perplexing of them all. Looking back to 2016, you’d think the Jays would have gotten a couple prospects and a league ready guy for him. The deal has been looming over the Jays for a while and, to be completely honest, it’s very underwhelming.
I’ve been in the “Trade Sanchez” camp for as long as anyone but this doesn’t seem right to me. They didn’t cash in when they should have so why not hold on a little longer to see if he can increase his trade value? If that doesn’t work out, I’m sure Fisher will be available a year from now.
Overall, not a great week for the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s going to be hard to tell who really won these trades until a few years down the road but, for right now it’s not ideal. The smaller deals are pretty decent however, they could have gotten more in the big ones.