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Blue Jays trade rumors: Mike Leake is a target

The Blue Jays are still on the hunt for players before the deadline passes, and Mike Leake might be someone they go after.

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The Blue Jays caused Twitter to explode on Monday night, as they acquired Colorado's shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki. It was an unexpected move for a multitude of reasons, one of which was the fact that they need pitching more than anything else; and adding a premier offensive player was not something that people predicted would happen.

Unless they somehow trade for Cole Hamels or David Price, their next acquisition isn't likely to have the same reaction in the Twittersphere, but it would still be an upgrade for the Blue Jays, nonetheless. While it's still up in the air as to who Alex Anthopoulos is targeting, Ken Rosenthal reported that Toronto has their eye on a Reds pitcher.

The Blue Jays have the 21st worst rotation in baseball according to fWAR, and undoubtedly need to pick up a starter before the deadline has passed. Leake would be an excellent addition, as he won't be too expensive, and has posted an ERA below 3.70 going back to 2013. He's been remarkable on the mound in his last eight starts, as he's posted an ERA of 2.33, while walking just 1.83 batters per nine innings.

Leake would definitely make the Blue jays a better club, but they'll have some competition in their efforts to acquire the righty. Bob Nightengale reported that Detroit  has the Reds pitcher on their radar, and Hank Schulman notes that the Giants have scouted him recently, but isn't sure if there are any on going talks. The Reds have been quiet since trading Johnny Cueto, but with teams interested in Leake, Aroldis Chapman, and potentially Jay Bruce, they should become more active again over the next two days.