Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays did a lot of their heavy lifting at the trade deadline by acquiring David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere, LaTroy Hawkins, and Mark Lowe. They then complimented that by adding a useful piece in Chad Pennington to help add infield depth. As a result, the Blue Jays have catapulted themselves into first place in the AL East and now have a 72.8% chance of reaching the postseason via the division title and a 99% chance of reaching it via the Wild Card.
Of course, the single biggest addition Toronto could make is Marcus Stroman. The expected ace tore his ACL during Spring Training and has missed the entire season. However, his recovery is well ahead of schedule and there is a chance he could join the roster in September. The question though will be whether he has ramped up enough to join the rotation or whether a bullpen role is more realistic given his extended layoff. Regardless, he could be a tremendous weapon for a contender to add.
Outside of Stroman, the Blue Jays will likely be fairly quiet in terms of bringing up additional help for the stretch run. They will add some depth pieces, but will likely only do so from the existing 40-man roster. That could mean plenty of familiar faces making their way north again in September.
With a heavily worked bullpen, the Blue Jays will add some reinforcements with the likes of Ryan Tepera, Steve Delabar, Scott Copeland, Colt Hynes, Chad Jenkins, and potentially newcomer Donn Roach. Outside of Delabar, these arms aren’t likely to be utilized much during close games, but they will allow Toronto to rest Brett Cecil, Aaron Loup, Lowe, and Hawkins as we head toward October.
Additionally, Toronto can be expected to add some positional depth for the season’s final month. Infielders Matt Hague, Munenori Kawasaki, and Ty Kelly can all be expected to rejoin the team. Additionally, Toronto would love to give another look to outfielder prospect Dalton Pompey, who scuffled a bit at the beginning of the season but has turned things around in the minors and has earned a return engagement.
These are the type of smart additions a contender makes in September, and the Blue Jays are certainly in a position to end their long playoff drought.