Blue Jays patch holes with a trade deadline reminiscent of moves made in 2016

Chugging along with a playoff berth well within sight, the Blue Jays were one of the most active teams ahead of this year’s trade deadline.

They approached Monday’s deadline with two fairly glaring needs — starting pitching depth and a veteran middle infielder — and both holes got patched up. The team added Daniel Vogelbach and Taijuan Walker in two separate deals with the Seattle Mariners and then they added Robbie Ray, Ross Stripling, and Jonathan Villar.
A key to this year’s deadline was also not selling the farm in order to make these improvements. When it was all said and done, Ross Atkins noted that he was walking the tightrope of improving the team for this year’s run while also not mortgaging too much of the future.
“We had two main goals,” Atkins said on a Zoom call with reporters Monday evening. “One eye on now and one eye on the future and making sure we balance that. And we feel like we balance the future by not parting ways with our upper-echelon prospects and we balance the present by bolstering our major-league roster.
“There were other …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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