It’s the all-star break and the Jays are pretty much where I’d thought’d they would be… .500
The way, of course, they got here though has been rough, since it looked, in May, at least, that everything was clicking and that the Jays might be something more.
Then, of course, reality set in. Poor play followed by a series of devastating injuries have the Jays limping into the ASB after an anemic 2-8 road trip.
The ONLY positive thing is that the rest of the AL East hasn’t been playing great either, so despite it all, the Jays are still in this thing.
The problem now is that the holes the Jays have are massive enough that a trade ain’t going to fix them – and selling the farm is likely to have negative long-term consequences which would be for naught if they Jays don’t even make the playoffs. I don’t think they can (or should) get an impact starter or major impact bat, but some marginal improvements might be nice – a 5th starter to replace Happ; a better 2b; maybe a spare outfielder. If the cost is right, the Jays need some depth (the injuries are showing the problems with the stars and scrubs philosophy that AA seems to love), but if the cost to get minimal upgrades is steep (Sanchez, Norris, Pompey, etc.), I’d almost rather punt and roll the die that when the injured come back, the division will still be reachable.