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!
The start of the “Blue Jays Trade Deadline” action has officially started (with a bang, may I add).
This morning I woke up to this tweet…
And came back from work to this tweet…
In my opinion, I think this was a great trade. While Upton is not having an amazing season currently, he does have great numbers in the Rogers Centre. To clarify, he was with the Tampa Bay Rays organization for eight years, meaning he played against the Blue Jays several times in a season, let alone eight seasons. With signing Upton, we are not only signing a great defensive player, but also quite a good bat. I thought I’d share with you a little tweet where Upton does Pillar type things…
Upton, along with several other Blue Jays players shared excitement in this trade.
Gibbons spoke with some reporters about what will happen with the lineup situation in regarding Upton and Bautista’s role. “Upton will get first Blue Jays start tomorrow with Bautista at DH. We wanted to start him tonight, but are uncertain of if he’d get back tonight”.
Do you know what this means? Well, it means that I technically predicted this trade! See this tweet…
This is exactly the situation that Upton is being put in tomorrow!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this trade, either in the comments below, or tweet me (@aalyssacohen)!
Bonus: It’s now 11:30pm when I’m typing this sentence, the Blue Jays JUST traded Drew Storen for Mariner Joakin Benoit. I will be posting a Series recap tomorrow (Thursday), and on Friday I will be making a post about Benoit and anybody else we manage to acquire in the next 48 hours then. For now, stay updated on my twitter for all of the newest info on our Toronto Blue Jays!
With the MLB trade deadline just a few days away, the Blue Jays (along with all other clubs) are looking for players that will get their team to the postseason and beyond. The Blue Jays team is basically a line up full of All Stars and monsters, plus unreal starting pitching. But what’s what thing that isn’t nessicarily in line with the stars for the Blue Jays? You guessed it… the bullpen. Our starters lead the American League with the most quality starts (60+), while we (statistically) have the worst bullpen in the AL with a terrible loss record. And what better to look for before the trade deadline than a great reliever?
As my father says “Relievers come around a dime a dozen.” And although this may be true, a good one may be hard to find. Sure, there may be options on the market. From the Yankees, to the Cubs, clubs have pitchers to spare. But it all comes down to what we’d trade for them. Last year and over the past few seasons, Alex Anthopolus basically wiped out our entire farm system, other than top prospects Anthony Alford, Pat Venditte and Dalton Pompey. Can we afford to loose anyone in our 40-man roster? I’ve heard a rumour about trading Drew Storen, but what can we get for him, and what would clubs be willing to offer?
Another idea would be finding an outfielder to replace Jose Bautista. Bautista could come in for 1B and the occasional time at DH, while a new outfielder can be placed in RF. As I mentioned before, our lineup is filled with a bunch of gold glovers and silver sluggers. Why would we want to sacrafise a precious spot in our monster line up for an average or mediocre batter and/or outfielder? Well, fact is we wouldn’t. Many clubs seem to have an interest in Devon Travis, but how much are we willing to give? With Travis out of the lineup, Ryan Goins would have to be brought back up to our Blue Jays, and he’d have to play likely everyday. Goins is just recovering from an injury developed during the 19 inning Canada Day game where him and Darwin Barney ended up pitching an inning a piece. I really don’t think trading Travis for an outfielder and/or reliever would be a good idea, but that’s just my opinion.
Ross Atkins has said that he doesn’t think the Jays really need anything to make our team better, and Jose Bautista agrees.
Weighing out our options seems like the best idea at this time, but nothing can top last years trade deadline acquisitions, that made us just 90 feet away from a World Series.