We are 26 games into the 2014 season, and the Toronto Blue Jays hold the fourth spot in the American League East with a 12-14 record.
After having a disastrous season last year despite making some huge offseason moves, it’s widely believed the 2014 season will likely be the last chance for the current iteration of the team to perform up to expectations.
While Toronto has definitely had a much better start this year compared to last year—when it went 10-17 in April—it remains to be seen if the team can be a serious competitor this season.
If the Blue Jays stumble badly before the trade deadline, look for general manager Alex Anthopoulos to start making some changes and beginning to rebuild for the future by moving some veterans in exchange for younger prospects.
It’s likely the core veterans who could bring back the most value such as Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion won’t be trade candidates until the offseason, when the market for them will be bigger. So they won’t be mentioned in this article.
Instead, let’s take a look at three of Toronto’s best trade candidates that could potentially be moved by the trade deadline if the team struggles.
All stats are from baseball-reference.com