Sunday, December 30, 2018

MLB trade review: Blue Jays acquire Richard

from ESPN


              The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired LHP Clayton Richard from the San Diego Padres in exchange for OF Connor Panas.

              For the Blue Jays, they need a left-handed starter after trading LHP J.A. Happ to the Yankees at the trade deadline. Richard was the opening day starter for a bad Padres rotation this year, and had a bad 2018. It can't help him to move from pitcher friendly Petco Park, a national league ballpark, to the American League and the hitter friendly Rogers Centre, that also has Yankee Stadium, Camden Yards and Fenway Park (he's a lefty, too, which is bad at Fenway) in the division.

               Richard, 35, had a 5.33 ERA, 4.68 FIP and 108 strikeouts in 158.2 innings for the Padres in 2018. The best year of his career came in 2010 with San Diego, when he had a 3.75 ERA, 3.81 FIP and 153 strikeouts in 201.2 innings. In his MLB career for the Padres, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, Richard has a 4.46 ERA, 4.39 FIP and 802 strikeouts in 1239.1 innings.

               For the Padres, they get rid of the aging Richard coming off a terrible year, and open up a rotation spot for their young pitchers. They get Panas, a prospect, in the process.

               Panas, 25, had a .232 batting average, nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 407 Plate Appearances for AA New Hampshire in 2018.

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