If the Toronto Blue Jays want to make a playoff push, Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes they should try to trade Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion in exchange for pitching.
Toronto, currently last in the AL East but less than five games back, is averaging a Major League-best 5.2 runs, but they also have the highest rotation ERA (5.29) in the game.
The Blue Jays added Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Devon Travis to their lineup this offseason and all three have provided strong returns.
"The lineup would be weakened without Bautista or Encarnacion, but far from weak, especially with Jose Reyes expected back from the DL soon, and Michael Saunders perhaps by the All-Star break," writes Sherman.
"However, the Jays might already have missed the window with Bautista. He gained 10-and-5 rights to waive any trade seven games into this season plus incurred a shoulder injury that currently has reduced him to a DH. Encarnacion earns 10-and-5 rights on July 3, so Toronto might have just six weeks to act."