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Blue Jays: Traded last year, how are they doing this spring?

LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Griffin Conine #93 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on while batting during the Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on February 28, 2020 in Lakeland, Florida. The Blue Jays defeated the Tigers 5-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Griffin Conine #93 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on while batting during the Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on February 28, 2020 in Lakeland, Florida. The Blue Jays defeated the Tigers 5-4. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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DUNEDIN, FL – FEBRUARY 24: Travis Bergen #79 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during a Grapefruit League spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at TD Ballpark on February 24, 2020 in Dunedin, Florida. The Blue Jays defeated the Braves 4-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, FL – FEBRUARY 24: Travis Bergen #79 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during a Grapefruit League spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at TD Ballpark on February 24, 2020 in Dunedin, Florida. The Blue Jays defeated the Braves 4-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Travis Bergen – Pitcher

Traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Robbie Ray

One of the only Blue Jays players to have MLB experience before being traded at the deadline, reliever Travis Bergen has been through a few different organizations over the past few years.

The left-hander would be selected by the San Francisco Giants during the 2018 Rule 5 draft and would pitch in 21 games with the club before being sent back to the Blue Jays in mid-August. Last season, Bergen would appear in one game for the Jays before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks where he would appear in seven more contests before the season came to an end. For his MLB career, Bergen has amassed a 4.82 ERA over 28.0 innings, striking out 29 batters and crafting a 1.464 WHIP along the way.

This spring, the Blue Jays would re-acquire Bergen from the Diamondbacks in a straight-up player for cash deal, with the former seventh-round pick earning an invite to the Blue Jays Spring Training camp. Bergen has appeared in six games this Spring, throwing to a 3.18 ERA with 11 strikeouts and two walks, surrendering one home run and two earned runs in 5.2 innings.

With the organization announcing that Tim Mayza and Trent Thronton will be making the Opening Day bullpen roster, it appears that Bergen may not make the Blue Jays come April 1st, but he could still be a candidate to make spot appearances over the course of the season given his remaining MiLB options. The left-hander will most likely find himself at the alternate site and in AAA when the minor league season begins, and it helps that he’s currently on the 40 man roster.

Alberto Rodriguez – Outfielder

Traded to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Taijuan Walker

Another outfielder dealt at the trade deadline, Alberto Rodriguez joined the Blue Jays organization as an international free agent back in 2017. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez would spend 2018 in the Blue Jays Dominican Summer League before jumping stateside to play with the Rookie League Gulf Coast Blue Jays. For his minor league career, Rodriguez has amassed a .274/.356/.392 slash line along with seven home runs, 63 RBI, and 34 stolen bases in 108 games.

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Now a member of the Seattle Mariners, Rodriguez did not receive an invite to the organization’s MLB spring training camp and will most likely start that season in the Rookie League or in A ball. He is currently the Mariner’s 17th ranked prospect.

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