An excuse to rebuild?
Blue Jays’ record slow start could give front office reason to trade stars and ‘retrench’
already started the Donaldson trade musings — but this was always going to be a possibility given the cautious approach this group has taken to following the hair-on-fire final months of the former general manager. When other teams in your division are spending US$200-million on a starting pitcher one winter and then trading their best prospect for another starting ace the following offseason, your fans can be forgiven for doubting if you are quite as interested in winning in the short term.
Back in October, when Atkins wasn’t staring up from the bottom of the standings, he sounded sure that the Blue Jays, these Blue Jays, could still make noise. He considered the team they had — players and management — and said it was “an incredible opportunity to compete against the rest of baseball.”
Now, we will wait and see if they still feel that way.
Josh Donaldson poses beside manager John Gibbons as he is presented with the Silver Slugger Award earlier this month in Toronto. Trading Donaldson would be the “full-on nuclear option” if the Blue Jays were to start a rebuild.