Jays GM Atkins admits focus is on next year

Jays starter Marco Estrada, left, and slugger Jose Bautista should draw interest as the MLB trade deadline approaches. (Getty Images)

By Melissa Couto, The Canadian Press, July 24, 2017 

Young, controllable talent the ideal target with trade deadline a week away

The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking for one particular thing at this year’s trade deadline: young, controllable talent that can impact the team next season.

Toronto general manager Ross Atkins repeated some version of that mantra multiple times during a media session at Rogers Centre Monday, exactly one week before MLB’s July 31 trade deadline.

With the Blue Jays struggling at the bottom of the American League East, Atkins admitted that the window for a third straight playoff appearance for his squad is dwindling fast.

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