In order to truly address what the Toronto Blue Jays need to do to have a successful trade deadline, a working definition of success must be first be established. Although success can mean different things to different people, it is generally defined as achieving one’s goals.
For a sports team, success may be described as increased fan pleasure, more wins over the course of the season or more wins in the playoffs depending on the situation. The Blue Jays need to set realistic goals in order to deem their endeavors a success. Even the most realistic of baseball fans understands that expecting to win the World Series every year is a preposterous claim.
For the purposes of this article, success can be defined as improving the Blue Jays current roster without sacrificing the future of the organization. A tough task indeed but general manager Alex Anthopolous has had a track record of doing just that. He saved the organization almost $80 million (all figures U.S.) by trading struggling outfielder Vernon Wells to the Los Angeles Angels. He also traded for a struggling Colby Rasmus only to see him flourish this season in a Blue Jays uniform.
Here are five things Anthopolous needs to do to have a successful trade deadline.