CARLSBAD, CA – Toronto Blue Jays leaves general manager meetings without immediate cure for what the influential agent Scott Borah described as "Blue Flu", but with the feeling that they have started to work with enough different songs to finally find one.
A collection of clubs and agents, concluded on Thursday with a single book sale, is a Tampa Bay Rays winner, Mike Zunino, a five-player swap with Seattle Mariners who receives Outfielder Mallex Smith and a wealth of information at fixed offices to download.
Blue Jays GM's Ross Atkins said he and his team have done everything they expected for this week at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, and said: "The essence of this business is that we often have several bombs in the air, which could at any moment get momentum for trading and a free agency. "
"We could also have these balls remain in the air for the next one or two months," continued Atkins. "Clarity is great, love is clear in certain areas, we believe that we have the opportunity to better improve our team and organization and we have made progress."
The priority of Blue Jays is to add pitching to both their rotation and bullpen, even as speculation continues on the future of Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. Reward leaders are skeptical about whether they will be tackled by how much impact they can take back the sales low, but it's not kept either asked for.
Perhaps Atkins will try to turn some of his medium-level drain to pitching, which will also create more structures that will play in 2019.
Between Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Brandon Druri, Devon Travis, Aledmys Diaz, Rihard Uren and Yangervis Solarte (a clear non-competitive candidate), there is a log, and this is before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (who will be up, when the club has pushed back its free agency for a year), Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio are included in the mix.
And then there's a Troy Tulowitzki wild card.
Blue Jays also has four bears on the list of 40 people Russell Martin, Luke Maile, Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire and Martin, if he owes $ 20 million worth of money, he might be in the game, given the number of racing clubs that need a backstop.
Together with the depth of field, Blue Jays will have to strike a balance between the priority time of the game for the most deserving players, while trading those who can make them proportionately.
"It would be perfect, but it's just the value of the purchase, the profit from this trade. We are in good condition because we do not have to make any deal, and we can put the main league team that we think is new and exciting," said Atkins "We need some degree of pitching at a certain level, so I see a scenario in which we go out of season and do not trade, and only get pitching at a free agency. I also see a scenario that has the potential to get pitching through trading.
"What shakes us is to be aligned with the new double doubles A, triple and only the transitional groups of major leagues," continued Atkins. "If we can add Sean Reid-Foley and Ryan Borucki and, of course, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, if it's possible to add this group, then it's really exciting. If it starts to queue, then this competition window is fun to think."
Outside Borucki, Reid-Foley and Thomas Pannone, Blue Jays is unlikely to have any other internal opportunity that will emerge at least in the beginning of 2019 in a farm system. Hector Perez, T.J. Zeuch, Jordan Romano and Jon Harris are likely to be part of a rotation at triple-Buffalo, while Nate Pearson, Patrick Murphy – the progressive – Florida State Cricket Year – and Yensy Diaz will be down the chain.
Either with a marketing or free agency, Blue Jays will have paper over the shortage.
"You will not try to ever say that they are too far or that will not happen, but I think it's a fair assumption," Atkins said of the above group, who need more time before they become big league opportunities. "I believe that on the pitching side, especially starting with shrubs, this development opportunity is enormous. This is more important because you are a factor of strength. To be the starting pond, which introduces the 200 plus adventure more than five and six, and hopefully For 10 years, it just does not happen unless you're Chris Sale, and you just drive there and do it. Usually, not only does it improve, but also what it means for your body. When working on it more systematically, we have more sense. "
Unless their market fully collapses, Blue Jays will not be included in the Upper Flight Arms Free Agency, such as Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Nate Eovaldi, but they could get Borah from the back by bidding on one of his clients, Yusei Kikuchi, Armed Forces left, who will be put up for Seibu Lions.
The Blue Jays filled the emptiness of their intelligence agents, who left with a shot at Dan Evans, hiring Hideaki Sato to unload them in Japan. He used to work for seafarers and Nippon Professional baseball clubs – Yakult Nabassaite and Nippon Ham Fighters, and he was also a translator to Yu Darvish.
There is no direct correlation between Sato and Kikuchi, but given the fact that the jet has only 27, if the bids are not foolish, he is one who could spend time with a four or five year deal.
The Boron factor can very well make this activity completely unrealistic, but at the moment it is one of many options in the air for Blue Jays, Blue Flu or not.