The Blue Jays made a fleury of roster moves, just a few days after the trade deadline.
- C Miguel Montero placed on the 10-day DL
- P Joe Biagini optioned to AAA Buffalo
- P Danny Barnes activated
- C Raffy Lopez recalled
Miguel Montero was placed on the 10-day disabled list, after being diagnosed with a groin strain. C Raffy Lopez’s contract was selected by the Blue Jays to join the MLB team. He was slashing .293/.368/.551 over 59 games at Triple-A Buffalo prior to his promotion. Last season, he joined the Cincinnati Reds for an 8-game stand, and was then optioned back to their AAA affiliate team. This will be Lopez’s first time in MLB since then.
The most surprising thing within this roster moves list is that the Blue Jays have optioned P Joe Biagini to AAA. He will be starting at least 3 games in Buffalo, before being called back up. The plan is to make Biagini a starter and a stable piece in the rotation, since the Blue Jays traded Francisco Liriano to the Astros during the trade deadline. They have added Cesar Valdez in the rotation already, to replace Aaron Sanchez who is currently on the DL. However, Valdez is a temporary pitcher in the rotation, while the Jays look to make Biagini a permanent one. Biagini was not a fantastic starter in his first try being in the rotation, but hopefully sending him to AAA Buffalo for a longer time will help him succeed in the Jays starting pitching rotation.
Blue Jays reliever Danny Barnes has been activated back onto the 25-man roster, after being on the DL due to a right shoulder impingement. Ryan Tepera, Dominic Leone, and Danny Barnes, have all been crucial parts of the Jays bullpen this season, so it was important to get Barnes back as soon as possible.
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The Blue Jays did exactly what they needed to do at the 2017 trade deadline.
The Jays traded LHP Fransisco Liriano to the Houston Astros for OF Noki Aoki and their #9 prospect Teoscar Hernandez. Noki Aoki has hit .285 with a .736 OPS over his career. He’s hitting .272 with 2 homers and 19 RBIs so far this season. Aoki adds a left-handed bat into a right-handed heavy lineup, with a career OBP of .350. However, he will be 36 next year in his final year of arbitration eligibility. Teoscar Hernandez is currently playing in AAA, but the Jays believe that he can be an everyday player. The 24-year-old is hitting .279 with 12 homers, 44 RBIs, and has an OPS of .854. In his MLB debut, he faced Liriano and the Blue Jays in the Rogers Centre. His first MLB hit was a home run that came off of Liriano… what a coincidence! GM Ross Atkins says he’d expect Hernandez to join the MLB team in September when rosters expand and possibly before if needed.
The Jays also traded RHP Joe Smith to Cleveland for LHP Thomas Pannone and INF Samar Taylor. However, it was a bittersweet ending for Smith as a Blue Jay. Smith’s mother was recently diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, and Progressive Field is within driving distances to where his mother currently lives. He held a fundraiser just last week in Cleveland to raise money for the disease. In an interview with Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae, Smith shared that he “loved my time in Toronto”, but is looking forward to rejoining Cleveland to play for a contender. “That’s why we play.” was his response when asked about the situation. Thomas Pannone is a LHP with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.069 WHIP at AA. Pannone was a 2017 Easter League All-Star. When asked about the acquisition, Atkins said “… could be a major-league starting pitcher [eventually].” Samad Taylor is a 19 year old, 2016 10th round pick. He is currently playing second base in short-season A. He has a slash line of .297/.344/.432 with an OPS of .776 between Rookie and Low-A ball.
To many people’s surprise, Marco Estrada, J. A. Happ, and José Bautista were not traded. However, they were rumours about all three of them going to different teams.
Around MLB, Oakland traded Sonny Gray to the Yankees and Texas traded Yu Darvish to the Dodgers. Both teams got a variety of top prospects in exchange for the starting pitchers.
Overall, the Jays had a successful trade deadline. They got young prospects and a stable OF for two of their free agent pitchers. Did you like the way the Blue Jays approached this trade deadline, or were their moves that they didn’t make that you would have? Tweet your thoughts to @aalyssacohen!