The fire sale came as expected, but the return wasn’t what we hoped

The trade deadline has passed and we’ve officially been catapulted into a new era. For the first time in the Mark Shapiro era, the front office has a team comprised fully of their guys as everyone (apologies to Justin Smoak, Dalton Pompey, Ryan Tepera, and Devon Travis) from the previous regime has been let go.

Back in late May, I talked about the next few months as being critical for the Shapiro front office’s rebuild. Beyond having a high pick in the draft and some extra money to fool around with in international free agency, the Jays had some of the best pitchers on the trade market for a selling team. After flubbing Josh Donaldson by hanging onto him for too long, it was critical for the front office to maximize the returns of Marcus Stroman, Ken Giles, and Aaron Sanchez, the three remaining players of value inherited from the previous era.
When writing about the impending fire sale and what it could mean for the rebuild, I looked back at some comparable trades to get an idea of what we could be looking at in return for a year-and-a-half of a quality starter like Stroman and a …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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