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Blue Jays Plan To Make 2 Former Dodgers Available, But Not Their Shortstop: Report

The Toronto Blue Jays, a team whose season is on the brink, could be selling some veteran pieces in the weeks leading up to the July 30 trade deadline.

Toronto reportedly plans to place starter Yusei Kikuchi, catcher Danny Jansen, reliever Yimi García, designated hitter Justin Turner, and outfielder Kevin Kiermaier on the trade block, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Nightengale also wrote that the Blue Jays still want to make one last run with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette.

García has a 2.57 ERA over 27 appearances with five saves and 37 strikeouts in 28 innings. However, he was placed on the injured list on June 17 with right elbow ulnar neuritis. He will be a free agent after this season. He is hoping to return by the All-Star Break.

Turner is having a decent year but his power has dropped off. He is batting .252 with 15 doubles, five home runs, and 26 RBIs. He also has 35 walks which is excellent compared to his 44 strikeouts.

The former Dodgers third baseman has the worst slugging percentage (.380) of his career since 2011, which was his first season in the big leagues full-time. His leadership abilities and clubhouse presence could be enough to entice any time to take a chance on him.

Surprisingly, the Blue Jays have decided not to trade shortstop Bo Bichette, who was reportedly linked to the Dodgers. With the solid play of Miguel Rojas at the plate and on defense, the Dodgers don’t really need to trade for a shortstop anymore, though.

Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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  1. Kikuchi has pitched 88.1 innings in 17 starts this year. A 5 inning pitcher. He is a #4 or 5 starter at best and not a playoff caliper starter. Might come cheap and be able to eat some innings thru August and September.

    Jack Flaherty from Detroit would be a nice pickup and a better choice.

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