MLB Rumors: Blue Jays & Royals "Match Up Well" In Trade Talks

The Toronto Blue Jays came into the season knowing they needed a good left-handed hitter for the lineup. Now, just a month before the trade deadline, they know they still need one (though the offense has been doing just fine, lately).

MLB Insider Robert Murray says the Jays need look no further than the Show Me state for a match. 

"Two rival executives believe that Toronto and the Kansas City Royals match up well in trade talks, with the Blue Jays potentially eyeing one of their left-handed bats," wrote Murray.

Outfielder Andrew Benintendi heads the list. A free agent after the season, he's a prime candidate to be moved. Benintendi is having a nice season, batting .301, though without much power (only 2 home runs and a .761 OPS). 

A less desirable option, from Toronto's point of view, would be Carlos Santana. The 36-year-old switch-hitter is having a dreadful season, batting .191 with three homers. 

Two teams to keep an eye on as we move closer to the deadline this summer.

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