With the second half of the Major League Baseball season resuming on Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays find themselves only 2.5 games behind both Wild Card spots, despite suffering a rash of injuries to their pitching staff.
All-Star right fielder Jose Bautista told the media on Monday that he believes the club should add to their pitching staff, which is currently missing starters Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison.
"If that's what it takes ... it has to be done," Bautista told the Toronto Sun. "I know it's wishful thinking, maybe we can add one and win. Maybe people like Brett Cecil and other guys take advantage of the opportunity. Given an opportunity in crucial situations brings out the best sometimes."
While general manager Alex Anthopoulos has remained tight-lipped as to what the Jays are trying do before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Bautista revealed that the club is in fact shopping for arms.
"They know what they have to address, it's a matter of getting it done and I know they're actively trying to make our club better," explained Bautista. "Hopefully they come through and are able to make a good move."
The two-time Major League home run champion has made his thoughts crystal clear on the issue, but it might not be that cut and dry.
Under Anthopoulos, the Blue Jays have turned around a once-barren farm system and now boast a considerable number of prospects, including Justin Nicolino, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony Gose and Travis d'Arnaud.
While the club is close to a Wild Card spot, there are six other teams within 2.5 games of the current wild card holders, the Angels and Orioles.
If the Jays do decide that they need to add an arm or two, there would likely be a fairly high acquisition cost to pick up what they need, and management might not be prepared to pay that price.
Along those lines, the Jays have lost seven pitchers to various injuries from their roster thus far this season, and with their young guns in development in the minors, patience might be the best course of action so the club can be more competitive in seasons going forward.
Now we'll ask you. Do you think the Jays should take advantage of being close to the Wild Card and make a trade to make a run this season? Or should they stay the course and continue to build for the future?
As always, it's Your! Call.