Blue Jays: Which members of the 2022 roster have departed and where did they go?

David Corcoran
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In less than a month pitchers and catchers will be reporting to MLB Spring Training camps, while the remaining players will report a few days later. We are going through the lull of the off-season which got me thinking about the players that participated on the roster for the 2022 season and are no longer with the club I decided to go down the roster to find where each player landed.

Teoscar Hernández (Seattle Mariners)

The organization made a big shift this offseason when they elected to concentrate more on defense and decided to trade power hitting outfielder Teoscar Hernández to the Seattle Marriners in exchange for relief pitcher Erik Swanson and prospect Adam Macko.

Hernandez had a ton of offense in Toronto as he averaged 34 home runs over a 162 game span throughout his six-year career with the Blue Jays, however he had a lot of troubles on the defensive side of the ball. Hernandez would win two Silver Slugger awards with the Blue Jays as well as representing the organization in one All-Star game.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was very similar to Hernández as he had a lot of offense with subpar defense. Gurriel had a cannon of an arm thanks to his short compact load which came from his days as an infielder, but he took a lot of awkward routes to baseballs. With that being said, in his five seasons with the club has posted a slash line of .285/.329/.468 with 68 home runs in 468 games.

Like Hernandez, Gurriel is a free agent at the end of the upcoming season so he was used as an additional piece in a blockbuster trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gabriel Moreno (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Listed as the team's top prospect at the end of the 2022 season, Gabriel Moreno made his Major League debut during the season as he appeared in 25 games. At the plate he went 22 for 69 (.319) with one home run, while throwing out 7 of 17 would be base stealers.

Moreno would have been entering the 2023 season in competition for playing time against Alejandro Kirk (24) and Danny Jansen (28), so the club decided to trade from a position of strength to help a position of weakness when they traded him with Gurriel to the Diamondbacks for one of the top defensive outfielders in Daulton Varsho.

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