Blue Jays in the Second half of the season

David OlsonContributor IJuly 24, 2008

The Blue Jays are fourth in the AL East with a 53-47 record. With the surprising Rays in second and looking good for the wild card spot, and the Yankees' Jason Giambi helping out his team, the Jays need a slugger.

They did have one before John Gibbons placed Frank Thomas on waivers, which left Vernon Wells as the main slugger. But injuries have kept him out for the majority of the season. He is still tied for first in home runs with Matt Stairs, but they both only have nine each. That's pretty sad, considering Adam Dunn of the Reds and Ryan Howard of the Phillies each have 29.

The Blue Jays pitching is terrific. Roy Halladay is 11-7 with a 2.89 ERA.  Personally, I would go with the trading of Burnett and try to get another talented pitcher like what  Milwaukee did to get Sabathia. Cito Gaston is doing a great job as the manager, but J.P. Ricciardi could be better with trying to get some new good players. If he doesn't, like everyone is saying, his days in Toronto will be numbered.