Trades on the horizon?

With the GM meetings in full swing, it’s time to talk trades. For what it’s worth, Jays’ boss J.P. Ricciardi has said that Toronto is not looking to make any major changes this offseason. “We’d have to really get blown away to do something major,” said Ricciardi in a recent MLB.com interview. “If we made a trade it would be an admission that we have a chance to get really, really good — like hit a home run on someone where, ‘This is just unbelievable.'”

In all fairness, the current Jays ball club certainly isn’t in need of an overhaul. Aside from a move to get another shortstop or a backup catcher, there’s really no need to make many changes, which is why Ricciardi said, “For us to move someone, it would have to be to get someone who is an unbelievable difference maker.”

I think J.P. is talking about trades like these …

Dec. 6, 1978 — Blue Jays acquire shortstop Alfredo Griffin and third baseman Phil Lansford from the Cleveland Indians for reliever Victor Cruz. Griffin has an immediate impact, earning AL Rookie of the Year honours in ’79. The shortstop plays six solid seasons with the Blue Jays before departing for Oakland. Fittingly, Griffin returns for the Jays’ World Series-winning 1992 & 1993 campaigns.

Dec. 9, 1982 — Jays’ GM Pat Gillick swings a deal with the Yankees to get a young Fred McGriff along with Dave Collins and Mike Morgan in exchange for Dale Murray and Tom Dodd. McGriff, who makes the big club in ’87, ends up with 125 homers in four seasons before …

Dec. 5, 1990 — Gillick sends Mcgriff and shortstop Tony Fernandez to the San Diego Padres for Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar. I think it’s safe to say that both of these players become ‘unbelievable difference makers’. Aside from hitting the biggest home run in Blue Jays history, Carter compiles 203 long balls and 736 RBIs over seven seasons. Alomar, meanwhile, wins a gold glove in each of his five seasons in Toronto. As well, his game-tying ninth inning homer off Dennis Eckersley in Game 5 of the ’92 ALCS serves as the unofficial turning point in Blue Jays franchise history.

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