The Toronto Blue Jays added two gunners to their reliever staff Tuesday, trade deadline, by securing Zach Pop and Anthony Bass from the Miami Marlins.
< p> The only major Canadian baseball team has also acquired a player whose identity will be revealed later, according to the Sportsnet network. In return, the Jays trade 22-year-old prospect Jordan Groshans to the Marlins.
It is therefore a return to the Queen City for Bass, who spent the 2020 season there. At the age of 34, the reliever is on the right track to have the best season of his career, he who maintained a 1.41 ERA in 45 games. He also brought down 45 opponents in 44 2/3 innings.
For his part, Pop is only in his second season in the Manfred circuit, he who lowered his earned run average to 3.60 in 2022, compared to 4.12 in his first campaign. In 20 innings of work, he had 14 strikeouts.
Then, a few minutes before the deadline to trade, the Ontario squad made two trades, first adding pitcher Mitch White and prospect Alex De Jesus, from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In return, the Jays gave up two prospects, Nick Frasso and Moises Brito.
White is therefore the only player with major league experience, having played 15 games in 2022, including 10 as a starter. He went 1-2 and posted a 3.70 GAA with the California organization. In 56 innings of work, the 27-year-old athlete put 47 opponents in the mitt.
A few minutes later, the Jays obtained the second base player – who can also play as an outfielder – Whit Merrifield of the Kansas City Royals against prospects Samad Taylor and Max Castillo.
In 2022, Merrifield is on a slight downturn, having only maintained a .240 batting average and .290 base occupancy, his lowest total in each category for a single season. .
The 33-year-old athlete, who has two career all-star appearances, has still produced 42 points since the start of the campaign.
Anthopoulos strikes again
The Atlanta Braves, comfortably seated first in the National League draft teams and only three and a half games behind the New York Mets, in first place in the East Division, before the games scheduled for the evening, added two elements to their roster through two separate trades.
Late Monday night, they signed Detroit Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman for mound prospect Kris Anglin.
Then on Tuesday, general manager Alex Anthopoulos added quality pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Minnesota Twins against reliever Will Smith. In Grossman's case, he's had a season that's been below his average, posting a low .205 batting average, producing 23 runs.
For his part, Odorizzi has never made less than 20 starts in a single season since 2014, aside from the shortened 2020 campaign. In 2022, he went 4-3 in 12 starts, with a 3.75 earned run average. In 60 innings of work, he allowed just five long balls and struck out 46 batters.
Anthopoulos worked until the very last second as the Braves got save specialist Raisel Iglesias, of the Los Angeles Angels, just before the deadline, in return for two prospects on the mound.
The 32-year-old athlete has 16 saves to his name this season, he who maintained a 4.04 ERA.
Elsewhere in Major League Baseball
Often the subject of rumors about the acquisition of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Noah Syndergaard, the Blue Jays were finally beaten at the finish line by the Philadelphia Phillies in this file. The Pennsylvania squad also acquired outfielder Brandon Marsh from the Angels in a separate trade earlier in the day. The Phillies completed their purchase by securing reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs.
In Minnesota, the Twins have found several solutions to their many problems on the mound, both in the rotation of starters and in the bullpen. Thus, they concluded agreements with the Baltimore Orioles, the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds, respectively for the reliever Jorge Lopez as well as the starters Michael Fulmer and Tyler Mahle.
As for St Louis, the Cardinals have greatly improved their starting pitching rotation. After getting Jose Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates late Monday night, they got their hands on New York Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery.
The Dodgers also got a hold of the Yankees, getting the outfielder Joey Gallo.
The New York Mets, also seen as a playoff team to watch, haven't just watched their rivals improve. They first got Darin Ruf from the San Francisco Giants before securing pitcher Mychal Givens from the Chicago Cubs.