Blue Jays swing trade that sends Cavan Biggio to NL West juggernauts

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Five days after the Toronto Blue Jays made the rather surprising decision to designate former top prospect Cavan Biggio for assignment, the team has arrived at a resolution. According to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith (X link), the Blue Jays have traded Biggio to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will join old friend Teoscar Hernandez, who has been utterly dominant early on this year.

ESPN's Jeff Passan followed up shortly after to confirm that the minor league player heading back to the Jays is right-handed relief pitcher Braydon Fisher.

Biggio's disappointing tenure on the Blue Jays has officially come to a close with this move. The 29-year-old was at one point part of the "Big 3" alongside Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Outside of some small glimpses of promise over his six years in the big leagues, Biggio topped an OPS+ of 100 (league-average) just two times - in his first two seasons.

Blue Jays trade Cavan Biggio to the Dodgers

This year, Biggio hit just .200 with an OPS of .614, easily the lowest of his career. He was striking out entirely too much and drawing less walks than he typically does. With the Blue Jays desperately clinging to contention hopes, there simply was not room for him on this roster any longer. Further complicating matters was the fact that Biggio had just recently hit five years of big league service time and was able to reject a demotion to Triple-A, which he clearly did.

With a middle infield of Mookie Betts and Gavin Lux, the Dodgers don't necessarily need Biggio to fill a spot in their nightly starting lineup. However, he provides a lefty bat - one the Dodgers don't have on their bench at the moment - and his positional versatility will perfectly fit the mold that Los Angeles has developed over the years.

Fisher, 23, is not a name you'll see on many top prospect lists, but he's certainly an intriguing arm. The right-hander made it up to Triple-A with the Dodgers this year and has some massive strikeout stuff in his arsenal. This year alone, he's got over 14 strikeouts per nine innings, but he also has over seven walks per nine. The control will need to be dialed in if he's going to succeed in the big leagues, but the potential is clearly there.