The Toronto Blue Jays currently hold the third and final American League wild-card spot, but still have work to do ahead of Tuesday’s 6:00 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline.
Toronto has already addressed its bullpen by acquiring hard-throwing reliever Jordan Hicks from the St. Louis Cardinals, but at least one more move is likely as general manager Ross Atkins aims to bolster a roster hoping to make a run at the World Series.
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Blue Jays eyeing Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong
Blue Jays fans held their breath when Bo Bichette exited Monday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles with what the team is calling “right knee discomfort.” The Blue Jays are still gathering information about the injury and are expected to have an update later on Tuesday.
In the meantime, Toronto is reported to be in “advanced talks” for Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong, a glove-first player who is hitting .233 with a .710 OPS this season. The 29-year-old is making $9 million this season and has a $12.5 million club option for 2024, as well as a $15 million club option for 2025.
If the deal does make it over the finish line, it would be the third time the Blue Jays and Cardinals have linked up in recent weeks. Prior to acquiring Hicks, Toronto worked out a trade for reliever Genesis Cabrera after he was designated for assignment by St. Louis.
Blue Jays among teams interested in Teoscar Hernandez
Seattle Mariners outfielder Teoscar Hernandez is drawing heavy interest and the Blue Jays are one of the teams involved, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. In addition to Toronto, Morosi lists the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants among the half-dozen teams checking in on Hernandez.
Sources: Mariners OF Teoscar Hernández is drawing interest from at least a half-dozen teams, and a trade is increasingly likely before 6 pm ET tomorrow.
The Phillies, Blue Jays and Giants are among the clubs that have been involved. @MLBNetwork @SeattleSports @FAN590
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 1, 2023
The Blue Jays know Hernandez very well, as the slugger spent six seasons with the organization prior to his trade to Seattle last offseason. The 31-year-old was very productive over his Blue Jays career, being named an All-Star in 2021 and winning two Silver Slugger awards (2020, ’21).
Hernandez hasn’t enjoyed the same success with the Mariners, hitting .238/.288/.406 with 16 home runs in 106 games. He also leads the majors with 143 strikeouts on the year.
Would he recapture some of his previous form by reuniting with close friend Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the Blue Jays dugout? His right-handed power bat in the outfield would fill one of Toronto’s biggest needs.
The native of the Dominican Republic was recently asked if he would be open to a return to Toronto either at the trade deadline or when he hits free agency this winter and said he “wouldn’t say no.”