In truth, Mitch White comes under the sub-category of player who the Blue Jays should have traded, but didn't really have a hope in hell of moving. Fair or not, he's been quite simply horrendous this year in Toronto.
Previously a starter in the Majors, White was moved exclusively to the bullpen once he returned to from injury in June. It didn't go well and as of right now, his 7.11 ERA and 1.737 WHIP both project to single-season career worsts.
It got to the point where you could almost hear a collective groan from the Blue Jays fanbase, whenever the 28-year-old entered a game. Everything he touched seemed to turn to the opposite of gold.
It wasn't much (any) better during last season, when White arrived in a much-anticipated trade from the Dodgers. He subsequently went 0-5 in nine appearances -- including eight starts -- and recorded a 7.74 ERA and 1.744 WHIP.
If you wanted to try and be objective ... okay ... optimistic ... you could make a case for a team believing a change of scenary would help the San Jose, California native. After all, he showed some promise while in Los Angeles and performed decent enough.
In addition, you could point to White actually looking not too bad to begin with, when he returned this season from his elbow and shoulder issues. He had a 3.38 ERA in six appearances during June, which included allowing no runs in four consecutive games to finish the month.
Ultimately though, the 2016 second round draft pick probably didn't receive much -- if any -- interest ahead of the trade deadline. It was telling that after he was (finally) designated for assignment, he went unclaimed on waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A.
White will now likely remain with Buffalo and then qualify for Minor League free agency at the end of this season. That is unless the Blue Jays decide to call up him again, but you have/want to believe they are done with the righty.