The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t make the flashiest moves at the 2022 trade deadline but the moves they did make are having an impact at the big league level this year.
Anthony Bass has been excellent in the Blue Jays bullpen, finding himself in the later innings alongside Yimi Garcia as a shut-down reliever while his counterpart Zach Pop is also finding some success with Toronto, albeit a brief stint in Buffalo due to the numbers game.
Whit Merrifield has utilized his speed on the basepaths and defensively while also coming up with some clutch plays and hits since being brought aboard while Mitch White has made some important starts/appearances for the Jays with Yusei Kikuchi being moved to the bullpen.
The Blue Jays made a few deals at the trade deadline earlier this summer. Let’s look at how the former players are doing with their new clubs.
Overall, the moves the Jays made at the deadline did make the team better. Although fans seemed initially disappointed in the deals or potentially with how their playoff rivals improved with their transactions, many have changed their minds and are impressed with the results as of right now. What’s great about these deals is the impact past the 2022 season, as every player acquired either has contract options or team control past this offseason, meaning the Jays’ competitive window over the next year or two (and beyond) will have some of these players in the mix.
That being said, all of the deals the Jays made at the deadline involved prospects or fringe MLB players, with the Jays dipping into their top prospect pool to get the Miami Marlins deal done. Considering the traded deadline was just over a month and a half ago, let’s take a quick look and see how these former Blue Jays are doing with their new organizations.