Just days after the Blue Jays severed ties with former manager Charlie Montoyo, the team has begun to make changes to the roster in an attempt to right the ship.
The Blue Jays announced that they’ve acquired left-handed pitcher Foster Griffin from the Kansas City Royals. In return, the Royals received right-handed pitcher Jonatan Bernal. The newest Blue Jays acquisition has been optioned to Triple-A
Foster Griffin is a six-foot-three left-hander from Orlando, Florida. The 26-year-old was a first-round pick (28th overall) of the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 June Amateur Draft. The Newest Blue Jays pitcher has only pitched in six MLB games this far in his career, he pitched one game in 2020 at the age of 24-year before returning to the Royals minor league system until this year.
This season the Floridian has pitched in five games and has a dismal 12.46 earned run average in just four innings of work in 2022. Griffin has spent eight seasons in the minor leagues all with the Kansas City Royals affiliates, he has amassed a 47-50 overall minor league record, which includes a 4.60 earned run average while racking up 647 strikeouts.
The now former Blue Jays right-handed Pitcher Jonatan Bernal is a Mazatlan, Mexico native who has been in the Blue Jays minor league system since 2019. He has a 2-11 record in those three years and a 4.56 earned run average. The 20-year-old right-hander has never pitched in an MLB game.
In addition to the trade, the Toronto Blue Jays have designated recently acquired pitcher Sergio Romo for assignment. The 15-year veteran right-hander has appeared in six games for the Blue Jays and has an 0-1 record, along with a 4.91 earned run average in those six appearances. The 39-year-old has played for eight teams in his 15-year career, his longest tenure was with the San Francisco Giants where he spent nine seasons before moving on to the Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland A’s, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, and the Seattle Mariners. He is also a three-time World Series champion who seems to be in his final years as a big league pitcher.
The Blue Jays have been on a downward spiral since the beginning of June and are now trying to stop the bleeding and begin to dig themselves out of a deep hole as they currently sit fourth in the American League East. The Blue Jays are running out of time if they hope to make a run for the postseason.
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