Blue Jays pull off minor trade with the Texas Rangers

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Left-hander Jimmy Robbins was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 20th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. He had been a solid swingman throughout college known for striking out batters at high volumes while preventing home runs with the best of them.

On Wednesday, the Blue Jays quietly traded Robbins to the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. The move has yet to be announced in any way by the Blue Jays organization, but the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express, shared the announcement on their social media account (X link).

For what it's worth, Robbins has changed his bio on X to "Pitcher w/Texas Rangers org", so it looks like the move is legitimate.

Blue Jays deal Jimmy Robbins to the Rangers in minor trade

Robbins, 26, wound up making a total of 55 appearances for the Blue Jays since his selection. He had been used as both a starting pitcher and reliever and had experienced some mixed results.

In total, Robbins had a 6-16 record with a 4.15 ERA, 216 strikeouts and 103 walks in 191 innings of work. His K/9 was a smooth 10.2 while his H/9 was just over 8.0 and his HR/9 was under 1.0, which is always a solid sign. He was not necessarily on the cusp of a promotion to the big leagues, but he was a solid depth piece to have for the Blue Jays.

Kicking off the 2024 campaign, Robbins made two appearances for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, allowing a pair of runs in 2.1 innings with three strikeouts and two walks.

Robbins will now join a Round Express Express roster that consists of the likes of former big leaguers such as Jesus Tinoco, Chasen Shreve, Adrian Sampson, Johnathan Hernandez and Shane Greene. Top prospect Jack Leiter began the year there as well, but he was recently promoted to make his major league debut.