In the latest Blue Jays news, they acquired right-handed pitcher Jacob Barnes from the New York Mets in exchange for right-handed pitcher Troy Miller. The Blue Jays’ biggest issue this season has been their pitching depth and more specifically their bullpen. The abundance of late-game leads blown by the bullpen is a major disappointment considering the strength of Toronto’s offense on a game-to-game basis.
Blue Jays News: Toronto Acquires RHP Jacob Barnes
The newest addition to the Toronto Blue Jays pitching staff is now-former New York Mets pitcher Jacob Barnes. The 31-year old right-hander was a 2011 draft selection of the Milwaukee Brewers and he made his MLB debut in 2016. Barnes was with the Los Angeles Angels in 2020, appearing in 18 games before being selected off waivers by the New York Mets in October 2020.
During his time with the New York Mets Jacob appeared in 19 games, he earned two saves, and a 1-1 record while posting a 6.27 ERA in just over 18 innings. The Gulf Coast native has spent six seasons in MLB, he has played on four teams during those six seasons and has a 5-14 record accompanied by a 4.53 ERA.
Blue Jays News: RHP Troy Miller to Mets
The Toronto Blue Jays send right-handed pitcher Troy Miller to the New York Mets in the deal for Jacob Barnes, Troy Miller has spent his time in the minor leagues and was with the Blue Jays high-A affiliate the Vancouver Canadians for the 2021 season. Troy Miller is 24-years old and has been in the Blue Jays minor league system since 2018, he was in the NCAA with the Michigan Wolverines prior to joining the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
In his three seasons in the minor leagues, Troy Miller has a 9-10 record along with a 4.72 ERA. His 2021 season has gotten off to a good start as he currently has a 2-0 record, and a 1.84 ERA in three games started for the Vancouver Canadians. Troy spent time with the Blue Jays Double-A affiliate the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, he recorded a 1-2 record and a 7.20 ERA.
Toronto has dropped below .500 on the 2021 season as they continue to navigate an injury riddled season. The offense has done everything they can to secure wins this season and for the most part so has the starting pitching rotation, despite having only 3-4 regular starters. The bullpen has been the weakness this season blowing multiple leads in the final few innings of ball games. The Blue Jays management is evidently trying to plug the holes before they fall to far back of a wild card spot for the 2021 post season.
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