3 players the SF Giants should target if Blue Jays decide to sell

AUGUST 13, 2023: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays look on at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
AUGUST 13, 2023: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays look on at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. / Mark Blinch/GettyImages
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With the Toronto Blue Jays' playoff hopes dwindling as they sit in fifth place with a 41-49 record, they look more and more like sellers. The SF Giants will have a close look at them as they come into town for a three-game series. If Toronto does sell, who should the Giants target?

3 players the SF Giants should target if the Blue Jays decide to sell

The question isn't if they'll be selling, but when and whether or not players controlled beyond 2024 will be available. The Blue Jays want to keep this group together, but with little time remaining general manager Ross Atkins admitted to Keegan Thompson of MLB.Com, “We’ve obviously put ourselves into a tough spot,” and adds “if we get to a point where we need to adjust, we’ll be prepared to do so.”

The Blue Jays seem more resigned to the fact that they may need to sell than they did a month ago. The extent of the sale will be fascinating to watch over the next few weeks.

1. Yimi Garcia

The options for Blue Jays players with expiring deals remain sparse, however. Of those expiring contracts, Yimi García should intrigue the Giants most. With the amount SF has struggled on the mound this season the 33-year-old righty makes sense. Though the sample size is small, his 0.78 WHIP is astonishing and his career mark of 1.05 would place him amongst the best in the NL.

The Giants certainly have a need for bullpen help. They lead baseball wiuth 379.2 innings pitched by the bullpen in 2024. Though, that number is skewed to some extent with the use of bulk-innings pitchers. That said, they have struggled to the 4.34 ERA. Bullpen help is an area nearly every team looks to address at the trade deadline.

García checks that box. He has a 2.57 ERA in 27 outings with the Blue Jays. In parts of 10 seasons, he has posted a 3.53 ERA. The veteran pitcher would immediately become a leverage arm in the bullpen.