If the Jays were to make a trade for a Starting Pitcher, Miami is a great partner

The Jays should call the Miami Marlins immediately if Hyun-Jin Ryu is out for the season.

Why? Well, once you look at their starting pitching, you can see why. While this article will focus on trades with one specific partner, this is not a “Meet the Sellers” article. 
We’ll be looking at a few Miami Marlins starters who I believe the Jays should be looking at to fill the Hyun-Jin Ryu void if he won’t pitch for a while. 
This is the second part of an article I wrote earlier, titled “Looking at the internal depth of starting pitching, and why the Blue Jays may need to make a trade.”
Sandy Alcantara:
Starting with the most unlikely, dare I say impossible, player that the Jays could acquire, Sandy Alcantra. He’s a 26-year-old righty who has posted a 1.61 ERA and 2.96 FIP in 83.2 innings pitched.

Sandy Alcántara, 100mph Sinker with 19 inches of run.
[And somehow balled.] pic.twitter.com/lgpFZ6Wx6g
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 9, 2022

His ERA is third amongst qualified pitchers and he’s on an incredibly team friendly contract until 2025, when it reaches 17 million for the next two seasons.
The thing is, $17 million until 2026 will likely still be an underpayment, as Alcantara will only be 29 when he starts to make $17 million.
A trade for Alcantara would at the very least, involve Alek Manoah, as well as devastate the entire farm system. As much as he’d improve the team in a vacuum, the cost of obtaining him would be far too high.
I sort of just wanted to highlight how good Alcantara is.
Pablo Lopez:
Another player who’d cost an arm and a leg is Pablo Lopez. This season, he’s posting an ERA of 2.18 and FIP of 3.07 in 66 innings pitched. That includes a K/9 of 9.14 and a BB/9 of 2.32.
In fact, the Jays were reportedly in on Pablo Lopez after the 2021 season, according to Jon Morosi.

The #BlueJays have checked with the #Marlins on their starting pitchers; Pablo López and Elieser Hernández are Miami’s most available arms. Toronto’s Alejandro Kirk is likely to be part of talks due to the emergence of J …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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