This is another deal where the pieces are there, and where the need aligns up perfectly. The Blue Jays may already be the best team in the AL East. They have begun to make a run, moving over the .500 mark in recent days. They are right in the middle of both the division and Wildcard races. But everyone around the team and across baseball knows, they don’t have the starting pitching to sustain this run. Adding Hamels answers that question, and this is another team in on Papelbon as well. If the Jays give top pitching prospect Daniel Norris, outfielder Dalton Pompey, catcher Max Pentecost, and perhaps another arm such as Miguel Castro, they could have a perfect deal for both Phillies pitchers. But would the Phils’ arms go to Canada to pitch for a contender? HUGE question, that might be answered with money.
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Would the Jays make Pompey available? Would Hamels accept a deal to Canada? Huge questions for a Jays deal.