Blue Jays GM Atkins says losing has changed trade deadline approach

Blue Jays GM Atkins says losing has changed trade deadline approach”

The Toronto Blue Jays host the Oakland Athletics in Tuesday night MLB baseball action.

"If (a trade) comes, then I'll have to address that and think of that when it comes, but as of now, it hasn't", he said when the team was in NY last weekend to play the Mets.

The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking for one particular thing at this year's trade deadline: young, controllable talent that can impact the team next season.

Oakland, which had just two hits, lost for the third time in four games.

"But it can change emotions for sure so we'll see".

Gray has been on a roll, going 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA and a.155 opponents' batting average over his past five starts, which enhances his value. Manager Bob Melvin said Graveman will make at least one more rehab start. "It doesn't look like at this point the distractions have been bothering him because he's been pitching as well as he has in a couple of years at this point".

He told a media scrum before the game Monday that there are no untouchables, "but there are a number of guys that we don't have many discussions about". The Oakland Athletics are scheduled to start Sonny Gray at the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Now we're in a position where it's a lot more hard to add to a team like this.

"I sort of kept my poise and tried to control the damage", Liriano said through a translator.

"Everything is under consideration so it's not that we will look to acquire only major league players", Atkins said.

"You certainly don't want to just say that, '(we'll contend) next year because it didn't happen (this year) and now our luck has changed, ' " he said. He didn't start the last two games due mostly to the fact the Athletics didn't have the designated hitter spot while playing in a National League park. It's not position specific right now.

Atkins says the club doesn't have to go into full-blown rebuild mode, with a solid core plus young talent such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Anthony Alford already on the fast track to the majors.

Gray (6-4, 3.66 ERA) will be facing the Blue Jays for the first time since July 16, 2016, at Oakland when he was the winning pitcher in a 5-4 victory.

Oakland right-hander Chris Smith (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

Oakland as a road favorite is nothing but scary but I believe the edge is with Gray...

Pressed into service on short rest after a pair of abbreviated outings, Francisco Liriano gave the Blue Jays the strong start they sorely needed. Valdez was pitching for the Athletics when he made his lone previous start this season, pitching four innings against Seattle on April 20. He issued consecutive walks to the first two Oakland batters, but was helped out when leadoff batter Rajai Davis was thrown out trying to steal third on a great throw by catcher Russell Martin.

Martin had two hits and Ezequiel Carrera reached base three times as the last-place Blue Jays won the opener of a seven-game homestand. RHP Kendal Graveman (shoulder) allowed seven runs, three earned, in three innings in a rehab stint for Nashville Monday.

Valdez has a 2.70 ERA in four relief outings with Toronto, and he went 3-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) with Triple-A Buffalo. Smith made his lone career appearance against the Blue Jays on August 23, 2008, when, as a member of the Boston Red Sox, he gave up four runs over 2 1/3 innings of relief. He also allowed four hits and one run in 1 2/3 innings against the Indians on Friday, a game Cleveland won 13-3.

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