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TORONTO -- After a busy off-season, the Toronto Blue Jays were expected to be contenders. Cheap NFL Hoodies . Instead theyre well under .500, out of the American League East and AL wild-card races and grasping for positives amid a season that hasnt gone according to plan. "When youre not winning games, its not good," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said during a recent homestand. "Youre scratching your brain trying to come up with ways to get better." One way to get better, for next year and beyond, involves selling before Wednesday afternoons trade deadline. Anthopoulos recognizes the Blue Jays place at the bottom of the standings, but with the hope of contending in 2014 there might not be many assets available to deal. "Everyones in trade mode," Anthopoulos said. "I think anything we do, if we can do something that helps currently, great, but even for the following year as well, well look to do it. Were having dialogue, but Id say every player were having dialogue about are players that can help us beyond the current year." In other words, dont expect a fire sale of every Blue Jays player who has underacheived this season. Only three are impending free agents: starter Josh Johnson, whose value is at an all-time low, reliever Darren Oliver, whos 42 years old, and outfielder Rajai Davis, whos a part-timer relied on mostly for his speed. The bullpen has been one of a few bright spots for the Blue Jays this season, featuring all-stars in Brett Cecil and Steve Delabar. Until last week Toronto hadnt lost a game it led after seven innings. Naturally, the Blue Jays have been getting calls about relievers, but Anthopoulos didnt commit to trading from a position of strength. "We do have depth, and that is an area that we can afford to trade a reliever and still be fine," he said Wednesday. "Were not close to doing anything. As I sit here today I dont think were trading a reliever. The only free agent in that group is Darren Oliver. So any reliever deal, it can happen now or we can take it into the off-season and make a deal there. I wouldnt rule it out because of that depth." Left-handed relief is often hard to find, so Oliver might be a commodity for a playoff contender that wants a rental. At 1,900 innings for his career, Oliver has some wear on him, but he was 3-2 with a 3.82 ERA going into the Blue Jays series in Oakland. Aaron Loup, a 25-year-old left-hander, leads the team with a 1.90 ERA, and veteran lefty Juan Perez was nearly perfect before giving up six runs in his past two appearances. The Blue Jays have a team option on closer Casey Janssen for next season and have Cecil and Delabar under team control for the foreseeable future. But Anthopoulos learned last year when he was trying to acquire bullpen help that its hard to make a trade for just a reliever. "By themselves, a team needs a reliever but the flip side (is), Well, I only want to pay so much to get a guy (to) pitch 40 innings, especially for the last two months," he said. "And its so difficult to equate just on a one-on-one deal, and thats why its easier to make them part of a larger deal." The market for reliever trades has already been set. On Monday the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim traded 37-year-old former Blue Jays lefty Scott Downs to the Atlanta Braves for minor-league right-hander Cory Rasmus, and the Houston Astros traded closer Jose Veras to the Detroit Tigers for 19-year-old outfield prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later. The 32-year-old Davis appears to be Torontos most tradeable position player, as he showed Sunday when he tied a franchise record with four stolen bases in a single game. Hes tied for third in the majors in steals (31 going into Monday nights game), despite having far fewer at-bats than anyone else in the top 10. "His first step is as good as anybody Ive ever seen," manager John Gibbons said. "I mean hes really a force when he does get on for you." Davis, who has been traded twice in his career, isnt worried about the speculation. "I think that I could help anybody win. Obviously Im capable of stealing bases," Davis said. "I guess I try not to focus on the things that I cant go control, just try to go out there and focus on the things I can control." Anthopoulos is the one in control from the Blue Jays end. Speaking a week before the trade deadline, he said the Blue Jays "dont have anything big going" and tempered expectations of making a move by citing a lack of traction to that point. "Theres some things that are definitely alive," Anthopoulos said. "Theyre a coin flip right now if theyre going to happen. But I think theyre conversations that if they dont get done now, they would carry into the off-season." Anthopoulos prefers to make deals before July 31, which he calls "chaotic" and "rushed." "Its like last-minute shopping," he said. "The doors of the store are starting to close and everybodys scrambling. And for us, were going after very specific players and very specific things." The Blue Jays figure to need starting pitching help, though if Ricky Romero returns to form at some point and Kyle Drabek manages to rebound from his second career Tommy John surgery, Anthopoulos might not need focus on that area when talking about deals. But even with shortstop Jose Reyes strong play in the past month since returning, the infield is a place of emphasis. Thats why Brett Lawrie has played second base in addition to third, a move that gives Toronto some flexibility in the trade market. "Were certainly looking to do some things in the infield at the trade deadline," Anthopoulos said. "Im not saying that we will, but were actively having dialogue with some teams to see if we can do something there." As recently as Friday, Gibbons said he likes his team and has confidence in his players. He doesnt see some better performances of late as evidence that players want to be traded to a contender. "I dont think theyre playing better so they can get out of here," Gibbons said. "I think some of them havent had their normal years, and if they kick it in the rest of the way, I think its just who they are. ... We got some pretty good guys. Most of the guys out there are proven players in this league at this level. Most guys dont ever want to leave, anyway, to get traded. Youve got to uproot and thats never easy, either." Whether its this week or in the off-season, the composition of the Jays roster will change. Anthopoulos said he hasnt thought of September call-ups yet and isnt sure if the Blue Jays 2014 core will look much different than this group. "You evaluate each player. (Some) you think theyre going to bounce back, some you may not be as convinced," he said. "Thats where you may see some change. But any time you dont win games and you dont perform, clearly youre going to see some type of changes going forward." Stitched Jerseys .C. -- Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats got off to a fast start, and the Sacramento Kings were never quite able to catch up. China Jerseys . Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal.  Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review?  Why was this overturned?  James Veaudry Pembroke, ON --  Hey Kerry, Youll get a lot of these, but why was the Montreal goal against Nashville Saturday night overturned? 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Thats the best way to put it: Weathering the storm and then we took it to them.The Sharks jumped on the struggling Coyotes early on Patrick Marleaus first-period goal, but Arizona responded with three goals in the second period to win for the second time in eight games.Lawson Crouse scored his first NHL goal in his sixth game, and the Coyotes had nine different players with a point.Domingue made some spectacular saves and was solid in the crease in the closing minutes after the Sharks added an extra attacker for his second win in six starts since Mike Smith went out with a lower body injury.Ive been feeling good for almost all year, so it was just a matter of staying focused for a full 60 minutes, Domingue said.He needed to be after San Jose pulled goalie Martin Jones with 3:03 left.Mikkel Boedker scored with 11.9 seconds left in his return to Arizona, but Domingue turned away everything else before and after to preserve the victory.Jones had 27 saves after stopping 70 of 73 shots during San Joses three-game winning streak heading into Tuesday.We did some good stuff in the first period, I loved our start, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. But thats the thing we need to work most at: When were on top of teams, instead of getting an extra goal and put them away, we let them hang around.Thhe Coyotes have struggled since a season-opening victory against Philadelphia, losing five games on a six-game road trip and 3-2 to Colorado on Saturday in their return home. Disocunt Football Jerseys. Arizonas biggest problem is losing close games; its last four were lost by a goal.The Coyotes kept it from getting to that point by swarming the Sharks in the second period.Marleau scored by keeping the puck on a 2-on-1 rush and wristing it past Domingue.It was all Coyotes after that.Richardson answered early in the second period, grabbing a loose puck in the corner and taking it without much resistance to the crease, where he beat Jones for his fourth of the season. Crouse scored 68 seconds later, deflecting a point shot by Kevin Connauton past Jones.McGinn made it 3-1 by whipping a shot from above the left circle to the top corner of the goal through a screen by teammate Anthony Duclair.There was definitely some lapses and they took advantage of it, Marleau said.Domingue preserved the two-goal lead with 5 seconds left in the period, doing the splits to make a snatching glove save on Brenden Dillons shot from the slot.Game notes Arizonas Ryan White and San Joses Michael Haley squared off just 2:32 into the game, both earning five-minute fighting penalties. ... Coyotes D Michael Stone missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. C Martin Hanzal left in the first period with a lower body injury and did not return. ... 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