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Blue Jays Say Farewell to Grichuk

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The Toronto Blue Jays were supposed to be taking on the Atlanta Braves in grapefruit league action on Thursday afternoon, however, due to weather, the game was canceled.

This left Blue Jays management with time to focus on the team’s roster and filling team needs, within a few hours a trade announcement was handed down as a deal with the Colorado Rockies was confirmed.

Blue Jays Acquire Raimel Tapia and Adrian Pinto

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Raimel Tapia and minor league infielder Adrian Pinto in exchange for outfielder Randal Grichuk and cash considerations. The Blue Jays swap outfielders and bring in six-year veteran Raimel Tapia who has played all six seasons with the Colorado Rockies.

The now 28-year old left fielder has played 439 MLB games in his six seasons as a professional, he played 133 games in 2021 which is the second-highest total of his career and played 138 games in 2019. In 2021 the six-foot-three outfielder amassed 69 runs in 133 hits, tallied 6 home runs, and 50 runs batted in during last season in Colorado.

Raimel Tapia is no stranger to being a consistent hitter, posting a .280 batting average for his career, and sits with a career .325 on-base percentage through six seasons. He is not a long ball hitter as he only hit 19 home runs throughout his career but he knows how to get on base and will provide depth to the defensive side and the outfield.

Minor League infielder Adrian Pinto

The Blue Jays also acquired Adrian Pinto in the deal. The 19-year old infielder spent 2021 with Colorado DSL playing in 54 games finishing with a .360 batting average. He tallied 3 home runs, 64 runs, and 27 RBIs, he also racked up 47 stolen bases.

It is uncertain what will come of Adrian Pinto as he continues his development in the minors but indications show there is plenty of upside from the young infielder and the Blue Jays add to an already impressive minor league system.

Randal Grichuk to the Rockies

The Blue Jays say goodbye to Randal Grichuk after four seasons with the team and for some, it will be a sad goodbye as he became a fan favorite over the past few seasons. The now 30-year old outfielder joined the Blue Jays in 2018 after spending his first four seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

In his four seasons with Toronto, Randal Grichuk amassed 422 hits, 232 runs, 90 home runs, 257 RBIs, and a .243 batting average. What fans will remember most about the now-former outfielder will be his impressive and highlight-reel defensive plays. There is no shortage of highlights made by Randal Grichuk and there is no doubt he will continue to provide those same plays when he takes the field for the Colorado Rockies.

Grichuk odd man out

The Randal Grichuk trade was made in large part because of the highly touted roster the Blue Jays have put together and the lack of playing time he would receive this year and beyond. I think the Blue Jays wanted to give him the opportunity to play every day and that wasn’t likely with the current roster Toronto has assembled.

The Blue Jays keep depth in the outfield by adding Raimel Tapia who will be a good player to fill in when needed off the bench. Ross Atkins also shows his respect for Randal Grichuk by moving him rather than burying him on the bench as he would likely be the odd man out.

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