MLB Rumors: 3 Toronto Blue Jays Trade Targets

The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to upgrade their roster as we approach the trade deadline and it appears pitching will be their primary focus. With an offense that's been as hot as any team in the league of late, the Jays would love to improve the back end of their rotation and their bullpen. Here's three trade targets Toronto is considering:

Noah Syndergaard, Los Angeles Angels

A pitcher that has been on the team's radar for years, and a soft spot for many Blue Jays fans who weren't in love with R.A Dickey, Syndergaard may finally get his time to shine in Toronto. The Angels are horrible and will be selling off as many assets as they can and expect to see the Blue Jays advance their talks with the team around the big righty. The soon-to-be 30-year-old has pitched 74.1 innings this season, to a 5-7 record and a 4.00 ERA. While his strikeout rate is lower than he'd like, Syndergaard still has some swing and miss velocity and some experience pitching in big time games under the bright lights in New York. The Blue Jays wouldn't have to give up a top prospect in the deal and talks could further advance over the next week.

Martin Perez, Texas Rangers

One of the best pitchers in baseball that nobody is talking about, Martin Perez has been on fire this season for the Texas Rangers. He's 8-2 with an impressive 2.59 ERA and a 101 strikeouts in 118 innings. The Rangers appear interested in trying to cash in on Perez' career season as the 31-year-old has been lights out all year. Toronto must shy away from over paying here if the bidding war gets out of hand but if the price is right, the Blue Jays should pounce on the ground ball machine.

David Robertson, Chicago Cubs

While the back end of the rotation could use a face lift, so too could the Blue Jays bullpen. Robertson is a pending free agent who the Cubs are going to move before the deadline. So far in 35 appearances, the 37-year-old has 14 saves and is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA. He's a veteran who has been around the block and can still get it done in high leverage situations. 
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Robertson would be a nice addition for the Blue Jays and wouldn't cost any of their top five prospects. Look for Toronto to make an offer to the Cubs this week.

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