According to Ben Nicholson Smith of Sportsnet, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired pitcher Wilmer Font from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations.
Wilmer Font will reportedly join the Blue Jays at which time a corresponding move will be made to free up a roster spot for the hurler. The 29-year-old right-hander has appeared in 25 games this season for the Metropolitans and the Tampa Bay Rays compiling a combined 5.20 earned run average.
The Venezuela native made three starts for the Mets in May but has been utilized primarily out of the bullpen since that time. Font’s last appearance came on July 7th where he surrendered two earned runs in three innings of work versus the Phillies.
The Mets acquired Font from the Rays earlier in the season in exchange for prospect Neraldo Catalina. Font has previous ties to the Jays organization signing as a free agent with the team in 2016. The hurler spent the entire campaign in the Blue Jays minor league ranks pitching for Buffalo and New Hampshire.
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Font has appeared in 52 career MLB games including making eight starts while sporting a career 4-5 record with a 6.00 earned run average fanning 82 in 96 career innings of work. The hurler is currently earning $560,400 for the 2019 season so he does not bring any financial implications with him.
Font will add additional pitching depth to a team that is anticipated to make some moves in the coming days leading up to the trade deadline. The newest Blue Jay can be utilized as a long man out of the bullpen to eat up innings or as a spot starter if the need arises.
Get ready folks, this is just the first of what should be a busy trade deadline for the Jays as they continue to mold their roster toward the future.