3. Toronto Blue Jays
Let’s start with an obvious one; the former team of our new commander in chief, Alex Anthopoulos.
It’s no secret that AA likes to do business close to home; just look at his big signing of 2018, former squad member and 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson.
Doing business with Toronto at the deadline actually makes a lot of sense, though. They’ve got pieces they’re looking to ship off, we’ve got spots we need to fill, and they’ve got a big gap they need to address: outfield.
The Blue Jays recently traded away a big piece of their franchise to San Fransisco in the form of defensive angel Kevin Pillar. Jon Heyman was the first to report on it.
Since losing Pillar, the Blue Jays have been playing the rotation game in the outfield with no discernible power anywhere to be seen roaming the grass.
Adding a piece like Duvall would not only address the power issue, but would give them an excuse to move a couple more big names they’ve been teasing the TwitterVerse about shipping off.
Sportsnet 590 The FAN spoke with Ken Rosenthal about the possibility of the Jays moving some key guys this July.
This is where the meat and potatoes of this potential option come on the table.
The Braves rotation, while studded with talented young arms, could use a bit of a boost. With the struggles of Foltynewicz and Gausman very much out in the open, a strong, controllable arm would most likely be what the Braves shop for this July.
The Blue Jays need an outfielder, especially one with power. The four outfielders in rotation for Toronto combine to post a combined .195 AVG with 8 home runs and 35 RBI’s.
Needless to say, the need for a solid outfielder with consistent plate production is there. Long-anticipated superstar prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. sitting on a .162 AVG right now. The Blue Jays need someone in their lineup with the ability to send one into the stands… in fair territory, of course.
Not only do the Braves have that in Duvall, but they are also flush with young, talented arms to send over in a responsible package that would get Duvall back on a Major League field, fix their rotation issues and not leave much of a dent in their farm system.