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The Toronto Blue Jays are in the middle of another disappointing season, but 2019 isn't all doom and gloom in Toronto. Thanks to their young core of players featuring Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays fans are finally getting their first look at the next generation of players that will carry the club back to relevance.
There's still plenty of work to be done, however, and if Toronto wants to accelerate its rebuild, it will be best served by selling off some of its veteran talent at the trade deadline.
With that in mind, here are three Blue Jays players most likely to be traded by the MLB Trade Deadline.
3. Eric Sogard, UTL
He's not the big name you'd expect to be on the trading block, but Eric Sogard has been excellent in 2019. The 33-year-old veteran is enjoying a career year with the Blue Jays, slashing .273/.346/.453 with 14 extra-base hits and 15 RBI across 159 plate appearances. Sogard is by no means an every day player, but his ability to play almost anywhere on the diamond should give him value as a late game defensive replacement and utility bench bat for a contender looking to add depth.
2. Justin Smoak, 1B
Trade rumors have constantly surrounded Justin Smoak over the past two seasons, but this could finally be the year the Blue Jays trade the lefty slugger. The 2017 All-Star is having a decent season in 2019, slashing .237/.374/.449 with 12 homers and 33 RBI so far. The Smoak Monster swings a punishing bat and has the kind of power many contenders look for around the trade deadline.
1. Ken Giles, RP
The Blue Jays haven't given him many opportunities to slam the door so far, but Ken Giles has dominant in 2019. The veteran righty has successfully converted 11-of-12 save opportunities this season and sports an impressive 1.08 ERA with 42 strikeouts in just 25 innings pitched. A righty pitcher who thrives under late-inning pressure, Giles should be one the most highly-coveted players at the trade deadline and could command quite the return.
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