Blue Jays send infielder to Twins in minor trade

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

At the big league level, the Toronto Blue Jays had (really, still have) a logjam in their infield. At one point during spring training, something like 10 different players had a real shot at cracking the big league roster. The problem was they all played the same position(s).

Of course, that fiasco became somewhat resolved when Santiago Espinal was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league pitching depth.

On Monday, the Blue Jays swung another trade, but this one was on a much smaller scale. According to the club's transaction logs, infielder Tanner Morris was traded to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for cash considerations.

This move is not likely to send shockwaves through either organization, but it's one worth noting regardless. Morris, 26, joined the Blue Jays via the 2019 MLB Draft as a 5th-round selection. He's bounced around the infield down in the minors on his journey to the Triple-A level. He has the most playing time at second base, third base and shortstop, but also has limited appearances at first base and the corner outfield.

Last year, the lefty-swinging Morris appeared in 96 games for the Buffalo Bisons, hitting 21 doubles and six home runs with 50 runs driven in. He hit .281 with a respectable .784 OPS and also showed off an impressive eye at the plate, striking out 81 times but drawing 61 walks in the process.

The Bisons' infield picture was a bit crowded to start the year. Addison Barger, Luis De Los Santos, Orelvis Martinez, Leo Jimenez and Damiano Palmegiani are taking up all of the opportunities someone like Morris would get in Buffalo.

Prior to the trade, Morris appeared in one game for the Bisons, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, a stolen base, two walks and a strike out.