What we know about the latest MLB trades: Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Crawford, Jeff Samardo, Jose Fernandez, Matt Garza, Danny Espinosa, Jeff Baker, Carlos Gomez
In what has become a regular occurrence, the Toronto Blue Jays have been trading pitchers with their biggest assets for the future.
This year, the Blue Jays had an extra package of assets to make up for the lack of pitching they had in the outfield, and with an eye on this year’s free agency, it appears they have the opportunity to add a pitcher to their rotation.
First, the Jays have two pitchers with top-tier potential in Drew Brees and Brandon Crawford.
Brees, a 25-year-old right-hander, has a 2.65 ERA in 36 starts this year, and he could be a big piece for the Blue Jay farm system, where they have high-quality prospects like Josh Rader, James Kaprielian, and Alex Wood.
With this new package, the potential for a pitcher is there.
The Jays also added another left-hander to their bullpen, Jeff Bauer, who is entering the final year of his contract.
Bauer was part of the Royals bullpen that beat the Tigers in the World Series.
He has a 4.10 ERA in 39 starts this season, with a 1.75 ERA in 16 starts at the major league level.
The 22-year old Bauer will be an upgrade over Matt Garvey, who the Blue Jackets selected with the 33rd pick in the draft in 2019.
Garvey was one of the most underrated relievers in the game last season, but he was hampered by an injury in 2017 that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season.
If Bauer is ready, he would be a valuable piece for Toronto, who could be looking to add another lefty to their lineup.
Next, the Indians have acquired outfielder Josh Reddick from the Rangers.
Reddick was a surprise acquisition for Cleveland after a trade from the Astros.
Reddicks best year was his first full year in the big leagues, but injuries limited his time in the majors, and Reddick finished with a .223 batting average.
Reddickers batting average dipped to .222 in 2018.
Reddics power is not going to blow fans away, but his power is there in the form of a plus bat and an ability to play all three outfield positions.
The 29-year, 32-year man is entering his age-32 season, and that will allow him to continue to develop.
He would fit nicely in the Indians lineup, as he has good speed and has the potential to hit.
Reddys speed will be important for the Indians, as the Blue Jays have some very good speed, but they do not have a solid power hitter in the lineup.
Reddis bat is a plus glove, which would be nice to have on the outside.
The Blue Jays also acquired outfielder J.P. Arencibia from the Padres in exchange for outfielder Nick Williams, who was a top-10 prospect.
Arenciabs power is something to be excited about, but it is going to be a bit of a challenge for him to hit with a big league bat.
The 25-years old Arenciabi was signed as part of a three-team trade that sent shortstop Jose Ramirez to the Cubs and outfielder Miguel Sano to the Angels.
Arences bat has some potential to be average, but the 26-year older Arenciabe is still just 25 years old.
He hit only .244 with a career high .280 on-base percentage in 2018, so he has room to improve.
The 31-year age-29 Arenciabes bat is not great, but that could be offset by his power, which could make him a good option in left field.
Reddicker, who will turn 27 in March, is a good prospect, but will have to prove he can hit the ball hard enough to warrant a top prospect salary.
The Yankees, meanwhile, acquired right-handed starter James Paxton from the Angels in exchange and signed him to a four-year deal.
Paxton has a 3.61 ERA in 53 appearances this season.
He was a late-bloomer at the big league level, but a strong arm and good control could make for a good pitcher for the Yankees, who have a strong farm system and are in need of a starter.