The Toronto Blue Jays have been involved with players like Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Matt Garza as the 2012 Trade Deadline approaches—but before Toronto pulls the trigger, here's a list of 5 reasons why the Blue Jays shouldn't make a move this year.
1. Other Teams Are Asking For Too Much
As are the Tampa Bay Rays for Shields, asking more than what Greinke was acquired for (via Heyman).
The Blue Jays are buyers, but they are most definitely not desperate. The market is trying to sell players for more than they are worth, which seems to be the fad this year—but it shouldn't force the Jays to hand over their lunch money.
2. Trust The Farm System
This is one thing the Toronto Blue Jays have total control over. If Toronto doesn't make a move at the trade deadline for the next two years, they'll still be in good standing.
According to ESPN's Keith Law, The Blue Jays have the potential to own the No. 1 farm system by 2013. That means Toronto shouldn't feel pressured to give away prized players for temporary satisfaction.
With players like Travis d'Arnaud, Jake Marisnick, Anthony Gose, Adeiny Hechavarria, Moises Sierra, Noah Syndergaard and Justin Nicolino headlining the bunch, Toronto knows it's sitting on gold - and those are only a few of them. Check out MLB.com's top-20 list here.
3. Rushing Will Do More Bad Than Good
With top-quality players getting picked off the market, it's easy to see why Toronto should get what they can for now and join the parade.
Betancourt is set to earn $4 million this season, $4.5 million in 2013, and a mutual option for the same in 2014. This is a guy who can add depth to the bullpen, yet can be handled for more than a year.
Although it might be a far cry from Josh Johnson, it's a signal that the Blue Jays realize they should deal with teams who are willing to put a rational price tag on their players. It's a testament to their management and to their scouting.
But more importantly, it gives out signals to other ball clubs that the Blue Jays do indeed have the luxury of taking it easy and slowing down the process—whenever they want.
4. A World Series Appearance is Unlikely
Why are the Texas Rangers bidding for nearly every top player in this year's deadline pool? Because the Rangers are victims of total heartbreak - two years in a row.
Although it's scarce to see a team win a league pennant in consecutive years, the Rangers have company.
As much as the Blue Jays are getting closer to the team they want to have, it's exactly that—they aren't there yet and one trade won't impact them this year.
The Rangers can argue that they are one trade away from winning it all. But the Blue Jays aren't in the same position, instead they are looking farther down the road.
Toronto is better off saving their money, because it's not worth it to spend the big bucks for a chance at the playoffs—as opposed to a shot at the World Series.
5. Patience is a Virtue
In Toronto there's a saying—keep calm and trust Alex (or something along those lines).
Since Alex Anthopoulos succeeded the throne of General Manager, it's tough to say he's done anything but show rationality.
The bluebirds have been practicing patience and strategy simultaneously in the past few seasons. For example, instead of drafting a first-round pitcher in the 2012 Draft, the Blue Jays selected the fastest man in the class—high-schooler D.J. Davis. Davis might as well be a younger Kenny Lofton, considering his explosiveness in everything he does on the base paths, but he possesses much higher upside.
The Blue Jays are planning for long-term success. That's the case with their entire organization—to help build a solid Major League team of the future, and it shows.
If you take a look at the Blue Jays (healthy) starting nine, most every player on the field has the ability to execute hit-and-runs, go first-to-third, or score on a squeeze play.
On June 30th against the Los Angeles Angels, Jose Bautista ran first-to-third on a base hit to left field. Rookie Mike Trout wasn't expecting it, and before the play was over, the ball had sailed into the Jays' dugout.
Their pitchers aren't those of the strikeout variety, either, but they get outs in other ways. Brandon Morrow has a 0.72 ground ball to fly ball ratio and Carlos Villanueva's is 0.77—the Major League average is 0.80.
It might be difficult to picture the Blue Jays competing with the likes of the Rangers and Yankees, but based on how things are shaping up, the tables will turn.
The Jays will be a World Series contender for years to come, instead of making a one-year playoff push.