The MLB trade deadline on July 31st is rapidly approaching, and the trade rumors around the Toronto Blue Jays starting to heat up. The Blue Jays are 51-40, but also two games back of the AL East lead. Since they are in the midst of a playoff race, the Blue Jays are likely buyers at the deadline. With that in mind, here all the latest Blue Jays trade rumors below.
Blue Jays Looking At Rich Hill?
One of the most rumored names on the trade block is lefty Rich Hill. The Oakland Athletics starter is drawing plenty of interest, including from the Dodgers, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo reports the Blue Jays sent scouts to Hill's start Thursday, as did the Red Sox, Royals and Orioles. While Hill might prefer a return to the Red Sox, per Cafardo, Hill will be dealt to the highest bidder.
Toronto Interested In Josh Reddick?
The Blue Jays have already been linked to Jay Bruce, and although he remains an option, the Blue Jays are looking at other outfielders. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Blue Jays have scouted OF Josh Reddick, who appears to be on the trade block. Reddick wants a longer and more expensive deal than the A's are willing to give him. Reddick's offense is struggling a bit, but he's still providing quality defense and effort. The Royals, Giants, Cubs and Dodgers are among the other teams already linked to Reddick.
When Will Bautista Return?
The Blue Jays are looking for OF help in part because Jose Bautista has been out since June 16th with turf toe. SportsNet reports Bautista has started hitting off a tee, but there is no timetable yet for his return. However, the club is hopeful Bautista can return before the end of July. In the event of a trade for another outfield, whether that be Bruce, Reddick or someone else, the Blue Jays could move Bautista to DH. Edwin Encarnacion would shift to first base, allowing the Blue Jays to sit the struggling Justin Smoak.