“If the Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make significant changes to their roster this offseason, the team would be willing to engage in trade talks for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Beau Bisset,” Bleacher Report claimed on Aug. 28 (local time).레모나토토
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, major league clubs have contacted Toronto about the two players.
Rosenthal, however, was skeptical of a Guerrero or Bisset trade as Toronto is under pressure to win in 2024 and is rumored to be chasing Shohei Ohtani.
The Ohtani part is intriguing, Bleacher Report said, but adding him would require increasing payroll without removing Guerrero and Bissett from the roster.
Toronto president and CEO Mark Shapiro told reporters in October that he expects the 2024 payroll to “stay at the same level” as last season. In 2023, the team’s payroll was $218.4 million.
With seven players set to hit free agency, Toronto has $59.8 million in space on the books. That will likely cover Ohtani’s average salary. However, you also have to factor in salary increases for some players through arbitration. Guerrero is expected to make $18.3 million in 2024, up from $14.5 million last season, while Bisset signed a three-year, $33.6 million extension in February and will make $11 million next season.
“Some have argued that Guerrero could be expendable if Ohtani signs with the Blue Jays,” Bleacher Report said. Despite being a first baseman, he’s best suited as a designated hitter.
Blitcherport added that this is all hypothetical until a decision is made on Ohtani’s destination, but Guerrero and Bisset remain valuable players for the Blue Jays as they try to get over the hump in the playoffs after missing the wild-card round in three of the last four seasons.