Buying, selling, or staying put.
That's what Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has to decide ahead of MLB's non-waiver trade deadline on Wednesday.
At 48-56 and sitting in the basement of the AL East, nine games out of a playoff spot, the Blue Jays appear to be in prime selling mode. But this is a team that entered the year with great expectations, and has a lot of talent throughout the roster.
If Anthopoulos is holding out hope for a second half run, he may look to add a piece to kick the team into gear.
If that's the route, pitching would likely be the GM's focus. The team has the second worst ERA in the big leagues at 4.35 and has been battling injuries all season (12 different pitchers have started at least one game for the Jays this year.)
The asking price for arms is reportedly extremely high, but names like Jake Peavy, Ervin Santana, and Bud Norris are out there to be had.
The more realistic route for the Jays is to either stay put or sell. If Anthopoulos thinks the team can regain their contender status for next year with a few off-season moves, he may decide to sit on his hands Wednesday and not make any real decisions until the winter.
But if he wants to start the roster tinkering early, he has some names that could net decent gains, particularly in the bullpen with some sell-high candidates. Closer Casey Janssen, Brett Cecil, and Steve Delabar have enjoyed good seasons which could result in a good return.
There are some position players that could intrigue other GMs as well, especially if Anthopoulos wants to make bold changes to the roster and put guys like Jose Bautista on the block for the right price.
As the non-waiver trade deadline approaches we ask: Should the Toronto Blue Jays be buyers or sellers? You've heard what we've had to say, now it's your turn.
As always, it's Your! Call.