The Toronto Blue Jays continue to be linked to the Miami Marlins and Christian Yelich, but is there a way to get it done to make both sides happy?
The Toronto Blue Jays continue to search for improvements. Depending on where you look, and what you read, they’re either looking for one final impact outfielder, or they’re going to focus their remaining resources on acquiring a starting pitcher. Of course, depending on how it gets done, GM, Ross Atkins, could pull of both of these moves. A trade for one, could mean free agency for the other.
"The field expressing interest is rather lengthy, and sources say it includes the Phillies, Rangers, Angels, Jays, Dodgers, Red Sox, White Sox, Diamondbacks and Padres. The Marlins are said to be seeking better prospects at the Double-A and Triple-A level" https://t.co/tYxrB6sKQ8
— Clint (@_ClintB_) January 19, 2018
It is no surprise to see that Yelich continues to draw interest and from so many teams. Atkins himself has already said that the field is 29 teams deep and that his club remains in talks. So, to have the Blue Jays listed in the Heyman piece is not overly surprising. It doesn’t mean that anyone should be getting their hopes up for Yelich in Toronto. It is highly unlikely that the two teams involved can come to an agreement on a package.
That said, let’s explore this a little bit. You know, for fun. If Toronto wants Yelich and Miami wants “better prospects at the AA and AAA level”, is there a deal to be struck?
First of all, before we get into what would be going to Miami, we have to acknowledge the slight logjam in the Blue Jays’ outfield. With Steve Pearce, Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera, Curtis Granderson already in the fold and Anthony Alford, Teoscar Hernandez, Dalton Pompey and Dwight Smith Jr all knocking on the door at varying strength, does Toronto really need to add another to the mix? Well, the answer would be no, if it weren’t someone like Yelich. He’s a very productive everyday player who hits from the left side. He isn’t needed, but if you can get him, you make room for him.
That could mean that Toronto could include one of the outfielders above in a potential deal. Pompey, Smith Jr or even Ezequiel Carrera could be affordable pieces for the suddenly cheap Marlins. We could include Pearce, but his $6.25M in 2018 might make him an unattractive piece for Miami. Pompey and Smith Jr both fit the “better prospects” tag as AAA pieces. Zeke does too, sort of. He’s a better than AAA player, but one fans mightn’t miss.
Looking at MLB’s Blue Jays’ Top 30 Prospects List, there are some interesting names that could very well fit the “better talent” category. You can bet that Miami would like to get some pitching out of this whole thing. Sean Reid-Foley is Toronto’s 6th best prospect. He threw 132 innings in AA New Hampshire in 2017. What about Jon Harris? He’s ranked as the club’s 20th best prospect, but has more potential than that. He tossed 143 innings for the FisherCats in 2017. Granted, the results aren’t what we would have liked to see (which would explain his ranking), but there is value there. Honestly, the Blue Jays find themselves with more catching depth than in the past. Could Max Pentecost (Toronto’s 8th best prospect) be included? Likely, his history of injuries and the questions surrounding whether he’ll stay behind the plate will be a factor.
Realistically, if a deal is to be made between these two clubs, it would have to include one of Bo Bichette or Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Even if, technically, neither of these two are AA or AAA talent. They will be in short order, and are among baseball’s best prospects, so you can expect the Miami Jeters to have their eye on one of them. Maybe both, which would likely be a deal breaker. This is why this whole exercise is merely just for fun.
The easy, arm chair answer is to offer Miami more prospects, rather than higher valued ones. Adding an extra name, or two, might mean keeping Bo and Vlad Jr. While it might seem that easy, you can bet it isn’t. The trade game is about getting high end talent, however you can. So, it would be tough to get Miami to back off of these two prized prospects.
At the end of the day, we shouldn’t expect Christian Yelich to be joining the Blue Jays any time soon. But, in the dead of winter, and with not much else to do, this kind of thought process is kind of fun. So, let us know below, what kind of package would you offer the Miami Jeters to land Christian Yelich?
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