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Blue Jays plan to double down on struggling Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette

The Toronto Blue Jays have made the playoffs three of the last four seasons, but haven’t advanced past the wild-card round since 2016 and haven’t won the AL East in nearly a decade.

They also started Sunday virtually tied with Tampa Bay at the bottom of the division.

A fire sale at the trade deadline may not be out of the question, but general manager Ross Atkins said Sunday he has no plans to move Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or Bo Bichette.


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. appears to be safe from a possible Blue Jays fire sale.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. appears to be safe from a possible Blue Jays fire sale. P.A.

Despite their standings and postseason failures, Atkins told MLB Network Radio according to ESPN, “it just doesn’t make sense for us” to trade them.

“There will be occasional times when you talk to other leaders where they ask if you’re considering this possibility, and we just say it’s not something we’ve spent time on,” Atkins said. “Because they are so talented and such good teammates, they are attractive to other teams, so they will call.”

Guerrero is having another solid season, but hasn’t approached his MVP-caliber level of play since 2021 and Bichette is putting up the worst numbers of his career so far this year.

But instead of trading them, Atkins said he spoke with both players about contract extensions.

Guerrero, 25, and Bichette, 26, are expected to become free agents after the 2025 season.

“Of course, we’re in dialogue with them, and that’s something that’s going to continue,” Atkins said. “We believe in them. We believe in their future and hope there is a way they can play here for a long time. »


Bo Bichette is still in the Blue Jays' plans despite his struggles.
Bo Bichette is still in the Blue Jays’ plans despite his struggles. Getty Images

The same goes for manager John Schneider, who Atkins says is safe.

“I just don’t believe in change (just) for the sake of change, or change for the sake of trying something different,” Atkins said of Schneider. “We have to be better. I don’t think John Schneider has been anything other than part of the solution, and (he) will continue to be. »

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