The MLB has now passed their trade deadline and in the time leading up to it several big names made their way to another team.
One franchise involved in a lot of rumors throughout the process was the Toronto Blue Jays. They have made three moves over the past couple of weeks, but none of them lived up to some of the deals they were reportedly involved in.
In a perfect world, Toronto would have been able to get players like Matt Garza and Josh Johnson for cheap. The reality is that they were unable to land any top players. While they did not want to mortgage their future, it would have been nice to see them bring someone in.
Here are three trades that the Toronto Blue Jays missed out on.
Just days after shipping Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to Detroit, the Miami Marlins sent shortstop Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers in a four-player deal. Los Angeles also picked up reliever Randy Choate while Miami got pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough in return.
Ramirez is not exactly having his best season. The 28-year-old is hitting only .246 with 15 home runs and 56 RBI. He has also been playing third base this year because the Marlins signed Jose Reyes.
In Toronto, however, he would have returned to shortstop and his bat would have fit in quite nicely with players like Brett Lawrie, Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.
At 28, Ramirez is still fairly young. He is a career .300 hitter, and his contract does not expire until the end of 2014.
Hanley Ramirez is a premier player, and his price tag was not very high. He is a player that the Blue Jays missed out on.
After declining a deal that would have sent him to Atlanta, Ryan Dempster was looking a lesser version of Dwight Howard and his trade saga. The difference, however, is that a trade was finally made.
The 35-year-old was sent to Texas in exchange for two minor leaguers–infielder Christian Villanueva and pitcher Kyle Hendricks. For a player of his calibre, this is not a very steep price.
In 16 starts this season, Dempster has posted a 2.25 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. While his production would likely suffer playing in the AL East, he would have been a huge upgrade to what the Jays currently have.
Considering what the Cubs got for him, it is surprising that Toronto was not a bigger part of the trade rumors. With Ryan Dempster, the Toronto Blue Jays would have been a playoff team.
Jonathon Broxton/Edward Mujica
All three trades in which the Blue Jays were a part of involved pitchers. Toronto gave up Travis Snider, Eric Thames, Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, Asher Wojciechowski, Carlos Perez, Joe Musgrove, David Rollins and a player to be named later. In return they received five pitchers. One was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas while the other four are pitching out of the bullpen.
If Toronto was so adamant on upgrading their bullpen, then they should have gone after either Jonathon Broxton or Edward Mujica. These relievers were traded to Cincinnati and St. Louis, respectively, for a price that the Blue Jays could have easily paid.
With the amount of injuries in both the batting order and the starting rotation, the bullpen cannot continue to blow leads. Casey Janssen is doing a solid job, but aside from him it would be nice to have some stability.