ESPN insider and former MLB GM Jim Bowden has come up with hypothetical player acquisitions for every AL team, whether it be a free agent signing or via trade. For the Blue Jays, Bowden suggest a hypothetical six player blockbuster proposal with the Cincinnati Reds. The trade would see the Blue Jays give up four players and receive two in return.
To Cincinnati: LHP Brett Cecil – 2B/SS Ryan Goins – OF Anthony Gose – 3B Matt Dean
To Toronto: 2B Brandon Phillips – C Ryan Hannigan
Clearly the Blue Jays would be getting the best player of the lot while giving away a handful of prospects and an above average LHP. The trade would also see the Blue Jays net a potential starting/backup catcher in Hannigan. Although Hannigan hit well under the Mendoza line last season, his 2012 season does show some promise. It’s hard to imagine the Reds saying yes to this deal, especially with Cecil being the big name going to them in return.
But can you honestly imagine a more exciting double play combo up the middle than Phillips and Reyes?! At the same time, both players injury history could leave the Blue Jays with the most dynamic double play combo on the DL.