According to multiple reports, former All-Star starter Alek Manoah has officially been added to the Blue Jays trade block. The Miami Marlins, who have a clear need for pitching depth, should be asking a question many around the league are also considering: Is the juice worth the squeeze?
Miami Marlins: Could this mock trade bring Alek Manoah and Danny Jansen to South Beach?
Manoah has expereinced extreme peaks and valleys in his young career. In 2022, he looked like a franchise building block and future Cy Young winner. By 2023, his ERA inflated, he lost his spot in the rotation, and he was DFA'd multiple times as the Blue Jays tried to correct his downward slide.
As intriguing as the young pitcher might be in a vacuum, Toronto happens to have a noticeable surplus at another position Miami also actively pursuing: starting catcher. With a trio of Alejandro Kirk, Danny Dansen, and Daulton Varsho all vying for a role with the Jays, one can't help but wonder if there is a mutually beneficial deal lurking just beneath the surface.
Allow me the honors of throwing out a deal that might serve both ball clubs:
Miami Receives: Manoah and Toronto's choice of the three aforementioned catchers. For the sake of argument, let's assume that Jansen is the player they would most likely prefer to part with.
Toronto Receives: Jesus Sanchez, top-10 prospect Brock Vradenburg, and top-30 prospect Ike Buxton.