Blue Jays Trade Deadline Strategy Blueprint

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Blue Jays Trade Deadline Strategy Blueprint
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Blue Jays fans, circle your calendars. 

With the MLB trade deadline scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on July 31, there are plenty of needs in the Jays' lineup. 

In a perfect world, general manager Alex Anthopoulos would certainly love to improve his team heading into the final two months of the 2013 season, but the debate of whether Toronto should be buyers or sellers is ongoing. 

This wasn't supposed to be the case. 

Jays fans were expecting their team to contend and perhaps when July 31 arrived, be in position to add a depth starter or a veteran infielder to improve their chances in the postseason. 

Instead, because of the team's struggles to stay around the .500 mark, it has made Anthopolous' job that much harder.

Does he hold on to the roster he sacrificed plenty for during the offseason and hope they rediscover their games either this year or next? 

Or does he trade away assets to reload the farm system in what would be an admittance of making some rather large mistakes?

While both of these scenarios are possible, neither seem likely. 

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