Blue Jays Trade RHP Joel Payamps to the Kansas City Royals
Wednesday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they have traded away right-handed bullpen pitcher Joel Payamps to the Kansas City Royals for Cash Considerations.
The trade comes days after the club designated him for assignment to remove him from the 40-man roster to make room for southpaw Ryan Borucki.
The 27-year old has had a busy eight months after continuously bouncing around different teams that has seen him move through six different organizations in that time frame, including being selected on waivers twice by both the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays have traded reliever Joel Payamps to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
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It appeared he had found in a home in Toronto after performing quite well in an otherwise weak bullpen to start the year. Payamps made 22 appearances this season for a total of 30 innings and posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He was sent down to Triple-A Buffalo in late June, which at the time seemed odd due to the struggles the bullpen was having and him succeeding. In June, Payamps made six appearances posting 1.94 ERA over 9.1 innings.
Charlie Montoyo did indicate at the time that Payamps was dealing with some back issues, but you have to wonder why not place him on the injured list.
The move does not make much sense on a baseball stand point, so you have to wonder if there is something else behind the scenes that fans aren’t aware of. If you scroll through the Twitter announcement, not many fans seem to be on board with the move.
Payamps will now get a fresh start with the Royals who are currently in last place in the American League Central, however have had a pretty decent bullpen this year. Batoul Hammoud from Kings of Kauffman reported that Payamps will report to the Triple-A affiliate to the Royals.
What are your thoughts, does this trade make much sense?