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Jays should be aggressive in moving trade chips

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TSN Baseball Insider


The call from the training staff to Jays’ general manager Ross Atkins informing him that closer Ken Giles was headed to the injured list with an inflamed elbow had to make Atkins’ heart skip a beat.

Along with Marcus Stroman, Giles is one of the best trade chips the Jays have. He’s been phenomenal since coming over in a deal with the Houston Astros last season, saving 25 of 26 opportunities. The Jays don’t get many save situations, but when they do, Giles has been very good.

There will be plenty of teams looking for impact arms in the bullpen for the stretch run. Giles is under control for the rest of this season and next. If healthy, the Jays can ask for an impact prospect plus a second-tier player in a deal for their closer.

Giles’ health is directly correlated to the quality of the return in any trade. Toronto can maximize his value as long as he only misses the stated 10 days and jumps right back to a high level of performance.

In fact, the Jays might be able to couple Giles with Stroman and be a one-stop shop for teams that need both bullpen and rotation help. The Braves, Phillies, Twins, Rays, A’s and Rangers all fit that description.

To give some idea of the type of trade that the Jays could make, former Reds and Nationals GM Jim Bowden and I speculated on MLB Network Radio about the following trade with the Atlanta Braves: Stroman, Giles and reliever Joe Biagini go to Atlanta for centre fielder Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect Kyle Wright, lefty Sean Newcomb and reliever Touki Toussaint.

In the deal, the Braves get a starter with postseason pedigree in Stroman and two quality relievers to fortify their shaky bullpen. The Jays get a Gold Glove centre fielder who is under........