Blue Jays: How former players moved this summer are doing elsewhere
The Toronto Blue Jays made numerous moves since the start of the season and around the trade deadline, acquiring players to help different areas of the roster while also trading away some prospects and designating veterans for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster.
This article will take a look at players who were either traded away, DFA (and picked up elsewhere), or released (and signed elsewhere) since the beginning of the season and examine how they are doing with their new ballclub.
*For the purpose of consistency, if a player is designated for assignment and then traded, they will fall under the DFA subheading instead of the trade subheading, as the first action was being DFA prior to the trade*
June 19th – Troy Miller (RHP) traded to the New York Mets in exchange for Jacob Barnes (RHP)
A right-handed pitcher who spent the last three seasons within the Blue Jays minor league system, RHP Troy Miller had been with the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats for less than a month before being traded to the New York Mets. The deal itself was not earth-shattering, a simple swap of pitchers to help a Jays’ pitching corps struggling with injuries.
Miller would join the Mets AA affiliate in Binghampton and appeared in two games before heading to the IL, throwing to a 5.23 ERA through 10.1 innings, both games he started. Miller is currently on the 60-day IL.
June 29th – Joe Panik (INF) and Andrew McInvale (RHP) traded to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Corey Dickerson (OF), Adam Cimber (RHP), and cash
The first trade that acquired a veteran presence in the bullpen, Ross Atkins sent infielder Joe Panik and minor league pitcher Andrew McInvale to the Florida Marlins for Corey Dickerson and reliever Adam Cimber. The Blue Jays did not need another outfielder in Dickerson but took on a chunk of his remaining contract along with Cimber to get the deal done, which is looking to be a bit of a steal given how well the right-hander is doing in the pen as well as Dickerson’s left-handed bat in the lineup.
Since joining the Marlins, Panik has hit to a .171/.267/.224 with one home run, four RBI, and a .491 OPS through 31 games. A bit of a regress from his time with the Jays, where he slashed .246/.293/.351 with a .644 OPS through 42 games.
McInvale would report to the Marlins AA affiliate and has also been roughed up since joining the organization, pitching to a 7.11 ERA through 19.0 innings with 15 earned runs, 14 walks, and 29 strikeouts out of the pen. Opponents own a .250 average on the right-hander and he has thrown to a 1.74 WHIP through 17 appearances.