Well after the 2:00 PM EST deadline had come and gone, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet announced that the Blue Jays had acquired Ross Stripling from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The only details in the return in the trade is it will be two players to be named later. What the Blue Jays are acquiring is a 30-year old former All-Star pitcher. Ross Stripling has bounced back and forth from the starting rotation and bullpen over his five year career, but has started all seven of his appearances so far this season.
Stripling has had a bit of a down year and has given up more home runs this year (12) than he did all of last year while pitching a third of the innings, and he currently led the National League in that category. He posts a 5.61 ERA and 1.46 WHIP so far this year and his strikeouts are drastically down from years past.
The 6’3” right handed thrower does have a good track record before this season however as he was an All-Star in 2018 when he posted an 8-6 record and 3.02 ERA while averaging 10 strikeouts over nine innings. Over his career Stripling has started 59 games, come out of the bullpen 84 times and has a career 23-25 record with a 3.68 ERA. Coming into this season Stripling has had three consecutive seasons of averaging at least nine strikeouts per nine innings, however it is down to 7.2 this year.
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Stripling throws a low 90’s fastball that is accompanied by a changeup, curveball and slider. It is likely Stripling will give some long relief assistance to a bullpen that has been taxed this season.
The former fifth round pick out of Texas A&M University has two years of team control after this year as he is arbitration eligible this upcoming off-season.
The trade comes in as the third deal of the day by Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro as the team acquired Robbie Ray in the morning and then made their big splash in the early afternoon acquiring Jonathan Villar.
The trade should come as the final acquisition on trade deadline day, the question is what move over the last couple of days do you think is the most impactful for the Blue Jays.