Blue Jays shift focus

The Blue Jays were expected to be in the market for a starting pitcher at this year’s Non-Waiver Trade Deadline but their needs have changed. Toronto’s rotation has been a strong point of late thanks to the emergence of rookie Marcus Stroman and consistent outings from All-Star Mark Buehrle, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and right-hander Drew Hutchison.

The same can’t be said of Toronto’s lineup. The Blue Jays arguably had the best offense in baseball through the first two months of the season but have since fallen on tough times. The club has scored two runs or less in five consecutive games for the first time since 1996 and is hitting .192 with runners in scoring position dating back to June 6.

Injuries to Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie have also increased the need for another solid position player to be added into the mix. According to a report by FoxSports, the Blue Jays are trying to work out a trade with San Diego for third baseman Chase Headley. The 30-year-old has been suffering through a down season but there’s a belief that a change of scenery would help turn things around. Playing in the hitter friendly confines of Rogers Centre also certainly wouldn’t hurt.

— Gregor Chisholm

 

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