The Blue Jays made some splashes at this year’s trade deadline as buyers. The Jays were able to shore up their rotation and add depth for their starting lineup.
Rotation Bulk up
Three additions have been added to the Blue Jay’s rotation. Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray and Ross Stripling make their way to the Blue Jays.
On August 27, 2020, Taijuan Walker made his way over to the Blue Jays, in exchange for a PTBNL. Walker made his Blue Jay’s debut on Saturday, going six strong innings without giving up a run.
In addition to Walker, the Blue Jays went out and got Robbie Ray from the Diamondbacks. The Jays also acquired cash considerations for Travis Bergen. Ray has struggled this season. He has an ERA of 7.84 with a WHIP of 2.000 through 31 innings. However, the upside for Ray is when he works his first time facing the order; he has a 13.15 strikeout through nine rate. When Pearson returns, Ray could be used as his opener to save him innings. Another use for Ray could be in the bullpen.
The final addition to the Blue Jay’s rotation is Ross Stripling. Like Ray, Stripling year has been rough. Posting an ERA of 5.61 with a WHIP of 1.46, Stripling has definitely struggled. Two players to be named later will be sent to the Dodgers in return. Stripling will fit nicely into the Jays rotation, as he is under control through 2022. This is someone else who could also be used as an opener. Opponents are batting .236 against Stripling his first time through the order this year. Another positive for Stripling is that he has postseason experience. Unfortunately, he has not made a start and through 8-1/3 innings, he has a 5.40 ERA.
Additions to the Lineup
On August 23, 2020, the Blue Jays acquired Daniel Vogelbach from the Mariners for cash considerations. This was an interesting addition, as the Blue Jays have two first basemen. Now, after not moving Rowdy Tellez, they have three. In five at-bats, Vogelbach has struck out twice and walked once.
The final bat added to the Blue Jays was Jonathan Villar. Villar was acquired from the Marlins in exchange for Griffin Conine. Villar is batting .258-.315.-345 this season. In addition, Villar can play short, second, third and the outfield, making him a versatile player. Also, being a switch hitter offers variety to the lineup. In addition, he will allow Bo Bichette time to heal and not rush his recovery.
In conclusion, the Blue Jays made some clever moves at very little cost. We will have to wait and see the two players who are yet to be named for Ross Stripling. In addition, we will have to wait and see how Robbie Ray and Stripling will fit in, as the Blue Jays battle for a playoff spot.
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