Saturday, August 19, 2017
MLB news: Blue Jays acquire Koehler
The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired RHP Tom Koehler and cash from the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP prospect Osman Gutierrez.
The Blue Jays are in need of a starter. Koehler has been a solid 5th starter over the course of his career, but is having a terrible 2017. If he succeeds with Toronto, the Blue Jays could extend him. He is arbitration eligible after this year. They also don't really give up anything.
Koehler, 31, has a 7.92 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 55.2 innings this year for Miami. In his six year MLB career, all for the Marlins, Koehler has a 4.43 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 586 strikeouts in 767.1 innings.
The Marlins, who are having a terrible year, are just at the start of a fire-sale. All of their team has trade rumors surrounding them. Koehler is having a terrible year, and there is no need for him. The prospect they get, Gutierrez, is also having a terrible year, but at least he's younger. Plus, they get some salary off them.
Gutierrez, 22, has a 7.35 ERA, 1.81 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 78 innings at Lansing (Single-A) this year. In his minor league career, Gutierrez has a 4.88 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 237 strikeouts in 262 innings.
I think the Jays win this deal. They get a terrible major leaguer for a terrible minor leaguer, so it isn't a big deal for either team.