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Blue Jays' Waguespack a reminder that club must find value in smaller deals

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TORONTO — When the Blue Jays first promoted Jacob Waguespack to the majors, there was no guarantee he’d stick around for long. Five outings into his big-league career his future remains uncertain.

Could the former non-drafted free agent continue defying the odds and prove himself to be a capable back-end starter? Maybe he’s better suited to long relief. Of course there’s a chance he washes out entirely.

Friday’s start, a five-inning outing in which Waguespack allowed three runs in a loss to the Rays, doesn’t answer those questions conclusively. Nor does it have to at a time when the Blue Jays have lots of opportunity in the rotation. There’s plenty of time to determine where he fits.

More to the point, Waguespack’s performance offers a useful reminder at a time that there’s constant trade chatter. Of course Marcus Stroman and Ken Giles are far bigger trade chips for the Blue Jays as the July 31 deadline approaches. The Blue Jays should be asking for top prospects in return for those arms (and by........

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