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TORONTO, ONTARIO - OCTOBER 08: Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 after hitting a home run to center field against Robbie Ray #38 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning in game two of the American League Wild Card Series at Rogers Centre on October 08, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - OCTOBER 08: Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 after hitting a home run to center field against Robbie Ray #38 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning in game two of the American League Wild Card Series at Rogers Centre on October 08, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 05: Anthony Bass #52 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during game two of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 05, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Blue Jays make some Trade Deadline Moves

August/02/2022

With the Blue Jays looking to make the postseason after narrowly missing out last season, the front office made a few moves to bolster the roster:

  • Acquired RHP Anthony Bass & Zach Pop from the Miami Marlins
  • Acquired RHP Mitch White and INF Alex De Jesus from the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Acquired INF/OF Whit Merrifield from the Kansas City Royals

The Jays added a few arms in the form of Bass and Pop to bolster the bullpen while White came in to take Kikuchi’s spot in the rotation. Merrifield worked off the bench but also found himself in the outfield with some starts at second base.

Bass was fantastic for the Jays, posting a 1.75 ERA through 25.2 innings while striking out 28 batters posting a 1.130 WHIP. Pop found himself in AAA for a short time due to having options available but was solid at the big league level, authoring a 1.89 ERA through 17 appearances.

Blue Jays make a few trades at the deadline

In the rotation, White struggled after a few solid outings to begin his time with the Jays, finishing the year with a 7.74 ERA and a 1.744 WHIP but did pitch to a 3.76 FIP through his 10 appearances.

Merrifield didn’t get off to the strongest start but did have a few clutch moments at the plate, finishing the year with a .769 OPS through 121 at-bats and was riding a hot streak heading into the postseason.

All four players will be back next season as long as the Jays bring back Bass on his team option worth $3 million. Pop is not free agent eligible until 2027 and White is on the books until 2028, with Merrifield having a club option for 2023 (worth approx $6 million including bonus) and a mutual option for 2024 worth $18 million.

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