The Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins admire agreed to a commerce that can ship honest appropriate-handed starter José Berríos to Toronto, the teams equipped Friday. The Twins will safe outfielder/infielder Austin Martin and honest appropriate-hander Simeon Woods-Richardson in return.
Berríos, 27, couldn’t qualify without cost company till after the 2022 season. In 20 starts this season, he’s compiled a 3.48 ERA (120 ERA+) and a 3.94 strikeout-to-scamper ratio. A two-time All-Megastar, he has a four-pitch arsenal: his signature curveball, a pair of low-to-mid-90s fastballs, and a changeup that he essentially uses against left-handed hitters.
Berríos will slot into a Toronto rotation that is led by Robbie Ray and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Rookie Alek Manoah is expected to come from the injured checklist this weekend, giving the Blue Jays four above-practical starters. (Presumably Ross Stripling will return to the bullpen, as he has more abilities in a relief feature than Steven Matz does.)
The Blue Jays entered Friday with a 51-48 document on the season, placing them 9 1/2 video games back within the American League East. Toronto was as soon as additionally 4 1/2 video games within the back of within the hunt for the second wild card region. Berríos is the third indispensable addition the Blue Jays admire made to their roster within the past six months, joining George Springer and Marcus Semien and his addition americathe Jays’ playoff possibilities from 25.4 percent to 30.9 percent, per Sportsline.
Martin, 22, was as soon as the No. 5 admire shut within the 2020 draft. He is spent the season at Double-A, hitting .281/.424/.383 with two home runs and nine stolen bases (on 12 tries). The Blue Jays admire had him pass-practising at multiple positions, as he did throughout his time at Vanderbilt. Up to now, that is entailed 26 starts in heart self-discipline and 26 starts at shortstop. Boosters of Martin think he might possibly presumably additionally be an all-around contributor due to of his feel for hitting and for the strike zone; others are intriguing about his lack of energy production up to now and his last defensive home.
What’s the Fantasy affect of Berríos transferring to Toronto? CBS Sports’ Fantasy Baseball knowledgeable Scott White broke it down here.
Woods-Richardson, 20, was as soon as beforehand bought by the Blue Jays from the Mets within the Marcus Stroman commerce. In 11 starts at Double-A this season, he’s accrued a 5.76 ERA and a 2.58 strikeout-to-scamper ratio. Woods-Richardson has struggled alongside with his pronounce, however he has a starter’s arsenal and he stays young ample to think there is extra space for development as he makes an try to alter into a heart-of-the-rotation fixture.
Berríos’ availability comes as a shock. Coming into the 2021 MLB season, the Twins admire been expected to compete for, if not as soon as any other time take dangle of the American League Central. As a change, Minnesota has suffered a season that can additionally be described handiest as a soft apocalypse. The Twins entered Friday with a 43-60 document on the yr, honest appropriate for last say within the division and a few 17 video games back of the main Chicago White Sox.
Berríos is the second well-known Twins player to be traded before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET closing date, joining designated hitter Nelson Cruz. The Twins now want to assassinate sophisticated decisions on a pair of outfielders, in Max Kepler and Byron Buxton. Both are controllable through as a minimal subsequent season (Kepler’s contract contains a membership choice for 2024), however because the Berríos commerce proves, Minnesota is willing to fragment with avid gamers sooner than they want to in describe to enhance their prolonged-term outlook.