The Jays are currently trying to keep up with the likes of the Sox and Yankees as well as the Rays in the east.
Their offense is nothing short of explosive, yet there pitching leaves much to be desired. I have a feeling they'll give up some very valuable prospects to get aforementioned Erik.
The Deal: LHSP Erik Bedard to TOR for RF Travis Snider, SS Justin Jackson, LHP Marc Rzepczynski.
Snider is an absolute masher and easily the prize of the deal. Amazing raw power from the left side and a pretty advanced approach at the plate.
His uppercut swing means he's likely to struggle early, but when he hits, he hits a long way. His defense is nothing special but he does possess plus arm strength.
Jackson is above average defensively but below average at the plate. He's going to walk and strike out a lot, but he's only 20, so he has time to plug some holes. Marc Rzepczynski has a low 90's fastball and decent off-speed, most likely going to top out as 3-5 starter.
If we have to drop Jackson, then that would be fine. In fact, I'm mostly interested in Snider.
Although reluctant to let go of Snider, Toronto makes this deal on the basis of trying to recreate what Sabathia did for Milwaukee.
The Brew Crew had an offense with little backup. Sabathia brought hope as well as a guaranteed good outing every fifth day.
Both are left handed and strike out a lot of hitters with devastating stuff. Bedard is Sabathia 2.0.
In this deal the M's acquire a future LH No. 3 hitter for a decade or so, another SS to battle it out with any of the others we obtain to be Betancourt's replacement, as well as a LH 4 or 5 starter.