Toronto Should Trade For Ryan Braun
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The Toronto Blue Jays have played it conservative for 2016, but still have a realistic shot to win in 2016 because of their offense. Going beyond 2016 looks extremely difficult when you factor in they may lose both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista following next year.
This would be a shame, but both players should be able to command around $20 MIL per year for at least the next 2 – 3 years after this upcoming one. That may be too much for the Canadian club to afford.
Our website has spoken at length of how Toronto must capitalize on this opportunity. As of right now, I don’t think they have enough pitching to get it done in the playoffs either.
Free Agency will be a tough sell for the franchise to bring in any ace pitchers or premiere offensive stars in the coming years. You also may have a tough time to crack those deals when the Canadian dollar is hovering around 70 cents for every American Greenback right now.
I say go after Ryan Braun via a trade in the next 6 – 8 months.
A team like Toronto could part with Pillar and Travis in exchange for a OF that is locked up for the next 6 years.
Braun makes $111 MIL over the next 6 years, but would be a perfect replacement for Joey Bats in RF, or even as the clubs primary DH for Edwin Encarnacion past 2016. For the one year, all would be under the same umbrella.
Toronto could always move Ben Revere to CF to make this happen. Can you imagine a right handed hitters murderous row of Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Ryan Braun, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki?
You could move EE to 1st Base, and Braun could DH and play LF, with Michael Saunders reversing the role to play both as well.
The Jays really have to start thinking about how to prolong their window to win beyond 2016. It is awesome that both Josh Donaldson, TULO, Marcus Stroman, Russell Martin and Roberto Osuna will be with the club for at least the next 3 years, but you have to start exploring ways to replace Bautista and Encarnacion.
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Posted on December 21, 2015, in MLB Trades and tagged aaron sanchez, ben revere, carlos gonzalez, Chris Colabello, Devon Travis, edwin encarnacion, jose bautista, justin smoak, marcus stroman, Michael Saunders, milwaukee brewers, russell martin, ryan braun, toronto blue jays. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.