Blue Jays make some Trade Deadline Moves
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.