Teams have about five days remaining to make trades before acquired players are ineligible for postseason rosters, but the Blue Jays, who hold a two-game lead in the AL East, appear to be finished making moves. As MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm writes, general manager Alex Anthopoulos doesn’t envision another trade in Toronto’s future.
“I’d say unlikely at this point,” Anthopoulos said when asked about the odds of completing another deal. “We have five days left, anything can happen, but right now I wouldn’t expect us to do anything.”
The Blue Jays, of course, have been the most active team in baseball, at least in terms of completing trades. Since July 28, Toronto has acquired Troy Tulowitzki, LaTroy Hawkins, David Price, Mark Lowe, Ben Revere and Cliff Pennington in trades. Chisholm notes in his column that the Pennington trade — the lone August deal swung by Anthopoulos to this point — was made due to doubts about whether or not Devon Travis will return in 2015. Those doubts still exist, he continues, but the Blue Jays feel that even if Travis doesn’t return, a platoon of Ryan Goins and Pennington is acceptable. The rest of the lineup is so potent, Chisholm explains, that the Jays are content to deploy a pair of premium defenders at the position.
The Blue Jays are 18-4 since the non-waiver trade deadline and don’t necessarily have a glaring need on the roster, though one could make the case that left-handed relief help and a reliable fifth starter are at least potential areas of upgrade. Drew Hutchison will return in September, though the talented righty has been wildly inconsistent in 2015. Likewise, Marcus Stroman could return to the team after a quicker-than-expected recovery from a torn ACL.
Suffice it to say, however, the Blue Jays lack a particularly glaring need. Anthopoulos didn’t rule out making any sort of move, so he could of course be characteristically active on the waiver wire in the coming days if he feels there’s one last upgrade for his club out there.
Toronto, like other clubs, will be getting some additional depth in five days when rosters expand, though Anthopoulos also told reporters that the Jays aren’t looking at a particularly large group of September call-ups, per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi (Twitter link). Anthopoulos said the plan was to go with “as small a group as we can,” and Davidi notes that will be about six to eight players.