Blue Jays have reportedly told other teams that players “with control beyond 2024 are not being traded”

Don’t expect a firesale from the Toronto Blue Jays before this year’s trade deadline.

After posting 91, 92, and 89 wins over the past three seasons, the Blue Jays have fallen flat in 2024. They have a 41-50 record following a loss on Tuesday night that saw the San Francisco Giants win on a walk-off wild pitch and are nine-and-a-half games out of the third Wild Card spot in the American League with the All-Star break a few days away.

Back on June 27, general manager Ross Atkins spoke to the media in Toronto about the team’s struggles and their plan moving forward. Atkins said that the front office is “focused on building the best possible team we can this year and supporting them the best we can” but that they’d also be prepared to adjust if necessary.

Since then, the Blue Jays have gone 5-7 and have fallen further out of playoff contention, so looking to the future and selling roster players for prospects appears to be the inevitable move here. But just how far will the front office lean into selling?

Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com…

“According to sources, the Blue Jays have told other clubs that they are willing to move players with expiring contracts, but those with control beyond 2024 are not being traded. The consensus among a dozen executives we spoke with is that the Blue Jays will attempt to move most or all of their rental players if they sell, working to add some prospects to a farm system that entered the season ranked at No. 24 by MLB Pipeline.

‘I think they sell impending free agents, but nothing else unless they get blown away,’ an NL executive said.”

The impending free agents in question are starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, relievers Yimi Garcia and Trevor Richards, catcher Danny Jansen, and veterans Kevin Kiermaier and Justin Turner. Players such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Jordan Romano who are eligible to become free agents following the 2025 season appear likely to stay in Toronto.

“There’s some chance they run it back next year,” an AL exec told Feinsand. “They should be so much better. It has to be extremely frustrating for them.”

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Title: Blue Jays have reportedly told other teams that players “with control beyond 2024 are not being traded”
Author: Cam Lewis

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