Toronto Blue Jays acquire pitcher Travis Bergen once again
The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly acquired pitcher Travis Bergen from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations. In order to free up a spot on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays shifted Patrick Murphy to the injured reserve.
This will be Bergen’s third stint with the Blue Jays since the team selected him in the 7th round of the 2015 amateur draft. Bergen was plucked from Toronto in the 2018 Rule-5 Draft by the San Francisco Giants. The right hander would make his MLB debut for the Giants and appear in 21 games before he was returned to the Jays at the end of August.
Bergen would make one appearance for the Jays in 2020 before he was shipped to the Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Robbie Ray. The Diamondbacks designated the 27-year old for assignment two days ago leading to this latest trade.
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The reliever has made 29 appearances over two seasons for the Giants, Jays and D’Backs sporting a 3-0 record with a 4.82 earned run average, one save and a 9.3 SO/9 rate in 28 innings of work. The southpaw will spend the next month battling for a roster spot in the Jays bullpen.
In 24 career games, left handed hitters are hitting just .175 versus Bergen so he could be a vital cog in the Jays bullpen if he has a productive spring.
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Hutchison was the Opening Day starter for Toronto in 2015 and at that time was the youngest pitcher to ever take the bump on the first day of the season.
The Jays were victorious in their first taste of Spring Training action today versus the Yankees. Starting pitcher Anthony Kay dominated for two inning, topping out at 97 mph while locating and changing speeds effectively. They will take on the Pirates tomorrow afternoon in Dunedin.