The Toronto Blue Jays seem to be limping towards the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Injuries and shaky pitching from their starting rotation have played a big part.
In addition to upgrading at second base and at the hot corner, the Jays need to add pitching—both starters and relievers.
Their bullpen stats lag well behind the rest of the major leagues, and their starters also rank in the bottom half of the majors in many important categories. What's worse is that they're behind in many areas, despite sub-3.00 ERAs from both Mark Buehrle (even though his ERA has jumped by 0.60 since June 7, entering Sunday's start) and Marcus Stroman (as a starter). That speaks to the lack of depth and stability in the rotation.
If Toronto expects to snap a decades-long playoff drought, it'll need to bring in a pitcher, possibly a few.
So who should it target?
First, and foremost, the Blue Jays need to add someone who will provide a real boost to their staff. Secondly, the player's contract is important as Toronto has already committed over $132 million in salary for 2014 and may not have much payroll flexibility. Third, the cost to acquire a player must also be considered. Finally, there has to be a realistic chance that the player could be dealt in the next few weeks—in other words, the player would be from a team considered a seller.