At the trade deadline, the Blue Jays acquired RHP Scott Feldman from their current opponent, the Houston Astros, in exchange for Minor League pitcher Lupe Chavez, an 18-year-old from Roberto Osuna’s hometown, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Feldman has pitched 62 innings, is 5-3, with a 2.90 ERA and 4.23 FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching). He’s thrown 42 strike outs and just 13 walks, 1.2 homers/9 innings and 64 base hits. He has had a favorable 77% strand rate. He has experience with one postseason run with Texas in 2011. Look for his slow curve ball.
The Jays also unloaded an unreliable Jesse Chavez to the LA Dodgers in exchange for Mike Bolsinger. He is a cutter/curveball pitcher who is prone to the long ball. Not sure how much he’ll be playing this season and may have just been a means of providing some flexibility and to move Chavez out.
Just a minute before the 4 p.m. deadline, the Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Drew Hutchison to the Pirates in exchange for veteran left-hander Francisco Liriano and two of Pittsburgh’s top 10 prospects, catcher Reese McGuire and outfielder Harold Ramirez.
Liriano is 6-11 with a 5.46 ERA in 21 starts with the Pirates. He has also issued 69 walks in just 113 innings, an average of more than 5 walks/9 innings. Overall, does not seem like a good replacement for Aaron Sanchez in the rotation. He used to play with Russell Martin and maybe the thinking is that he’ll do as well as he did back then with Martin catching him.
The Jays recently exchanged 28-year-old Drew Storen for 39-year-old Joaquin Benoit from the Seattle Mariners.
The Jays have also designated $2M lefty reliever Franklin Morales for assignment. He only just came off the 60-day DL for left arm fatigue.