Monday, August 31, 2020

MLB Trade Review: Blue Jays acquire Ray

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       The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired LHP Robbie Ray and cash (reported to be $300,000) from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for LHP Travis Bergen.

       The Diamondbacks should have sold high on Ray last year. Then, he still had one more year left of control, and he finished with 235 strikeouts in 174.1 innings. However, they held on to Ray and traded away Zack Greinke, and now they got a weak return for the lefty. That is not only because the Jays will get a month of Ray, he has also been terrible this year. Ray has walked a league leading 31 batters this year, and his 27 earned runs allowed are the most in the league as well. While he still has a 12.5 K/9, Ray needs to improve his control, as the Jays will expect a lot out of him. Toronto already has a bunch of starters, with Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, Chase Anderson, and the newly acquired Taijuan Walker. None of those players were in the organization when the 2019 season concluded. They also have Matt Shoemaker, Trent Thornton and top prospect Nate Pearson on the IL currently. They give up Bergen, who is mainly a minor leaguer, but he played for the Giants last year after they took him in the Rule-5 draft, although he was returned in August. Still, Ray was hurting the Diamondbacks more than he was helping them this year, and Bergen can be a farmhand for them.

       Ray, 28, has a 7.84 ERA with 43 strikeouts and a 7.23 FIP in 31 innings for the Diamondbacks this year. In his MLB career for Arizona and the Detroit Tigers, Ray has a 4.25 ERA with 1017 strikeouts and a 4.09 FIP in 821.2 innings.

       Bergen, 26, has allowed no runs in 1.2 innings with three strikeouts this year. In his MLB career for the Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants, Bergen has a 5.06 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.

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