Addressing the Blue Jays needs as the trade deadline approaches

Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle had another good outing in a win against the Yankees on Tuesday...

Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle had another good outing in a win against the Yankees on Tuesday night, but would you trust him as your ace going into the playoffs? (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

The Blue Jays shopping list with 36 days remaining until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline:

A starting pitcher.

An infielder, either a second baseman or a third baseman.

A reliever.

That reads like something we recall writing some Novembers before the Jays headed to the winter meetings.

Except it’s not November, even if Mr. November, Derek Jeter, was at the Rogers Centre Tuesday.

That’s a lot of needs for a team in first place this late in the season for the first time since 1993.

What do the Jays do?

Overpay for a starter?

Overpay for an infielder?

Overpay for bullpen help?

As the late John McHale, Montreal Expos president, always said: “I’ll overpay in July, I won’t in the winter, who knows when we’ll get so close again.”


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