Jul 2, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista connects for a home run in the first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays trade rumors: Jose Bautista wouldn't mind a trade to help roster

The Toronto Blue Jays are actually playing well this season and are trying to run away with the AL East as they head into the All-Star Break but their focus will no doubt be on the trade deadline to see if they can’t come away with some pieces that putt hem above the rest in the American League.

Jose Bautista has emerged as one of the bright leaders of the AL and the Blue Jays are happy to have him on their side for more than a few different reasons. But one of the reasons he’s such an asset is because of the way that he can guide the team through the thick and the thin and provide some assistance in the direction of the club.

According to John Lott of the National Post, the Blue Jays star hopes that the team adds talent at the trade deadline but won’t be upset if his team stands pat.

“If he does make a move, it’ll be welcome. It’s not necessarily on the players’ side that you feel like you need that to get to the top, but at times it’s nice when you do get that …  A lot of times it has a psychological effects too that help out. … [W]e don’t feel like it’s a must,”

The Jays are in control of the AL East but they want to run away with things sooner rather than later. The New York Yankees were dealt a blow with the loss of Masahiro Tanaka and the Red Sox are useless at the moment. Still, it could end up being anyone’s division as there’s still a lot of baseball left to play and the Jays know that anything can happen down the stretch.

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