The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly one of the more aggressive teams in the trade market as the July 31st deadline approaches.
Among other things, that means that the Blue Jays are in on trades for a number of players at different positions and at different levels of impact. If they could, they would love to make a blockbuster deal for second baseman Chase Utley or even David Price.
That also means that they are in on more understated trades. While these types of deals might fly under the radar more, deals for bench players, role players, and platoon partners, they are still significant and will have an impact on the playoff race.
Jays have interest in Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia, sources say. His numbers are down this year, but career .809 OPS vs. LHP.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 20, 2014
To take a further look at Toronto’s interest in Denorfia, consider a player like Colby Rasmus. When he isn’t bunting against the shift and breaking Colby Lewis‘s brain, Rasmus is a player with a specific skill: he hits for power against right-handed pitching. He is a sub-.200 hitter, however, against left-handed pitching.
How much would the Blue Jays benefit from adding Denorfia and his ability to hit left-handed pitching to that mix, from finding a way to put two guys with specific skills in positions to succeed? It would at least be enough to bump their overall roster up a little bit in an AL East race that could come down to the details.