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July 23, 2017

Toronto is yet another deeply flawed team passing on a full rebuild. Like Baltimore and Manny Machado, the Blue Jays have a star player in third baseman Josh Donaldson who can test free agency at the end of next season, so they’d like to try and make a run while he’s still under team control. Also like the O’s, the Jays believe they’ve badly underachieved this year and could contend next year with just a few tweaks. With the 2015 AL MVP (Donaldson), the 2016 AL ERA champ (Aaron Sanchez) and a 2016 20-game winner (J.A. Happ) all hurt and/or not producing much, Toronto's postseason hopes have been dealt a serious blow, but there is hope that things could turn around soon. So the move here might be to add a player or two who’s controllable through 2018 or beyond (Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon perhaps? Oakland infielder Jed Lowrie?), then hope for the best.

Of course, there are still downsides: The Jays have the oldest group of position players in the majors and a bunch of B-level prospects who might not amount to much in the big leagues nor bring back much in trade. Trying to return to the playoffs with those factors is a heck of a challenge.

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