Winnipeg- The Toronto Blue Jays have made a total of three trades ahead of the MLB Deadline for post-season eligible roster players.
The most significant acquisition of the day was sending right hand pitcher Drew Hutchison to Pittsburgh for veteran lefthander Francisco Liriano and a pair of prospects. GM Ross Atkins says the deal was finalized with about a minute remaining before the deadline.
Liriano has struggled this season for the Pirates, going 6-11 with a 5.46 ERA in 21 starts. But his addition to the starting rotation will likely result in Aaron Sanchez finally being sent to the bullpen as the 8th inning set up man for closer Roberto Osuna.
The Jays have also acquired veteran rightie releiver Scott Feldman from Houston for 18 year old right hand pitching prospect Guadalupe Chavez.
The 33 year old Feldman has just been recently converted to a relief role after starting for the Astros in 2015 as well as 5 games this season. In 62 innings the pending free agent has a 2.90 ERA and 42 strikeouts.
And Atkins made a 3rd deal, sending reliever Jesse Chavez and cash to the LA Dodgers for minor league right hand reliever, Mike Bolsinger.
Bolsinger had an ERA of 6.83 after 6 starts with the Dodgers and was making the transition in the minors to a relief role. Chavez made 39 appearances for the Blue Jays and had a 4.57 ERA along with 42 K’s.
Toronto is currently a half game back of Baltimore in the AL East, but in possession of the number one wild card berth heading into Monday Night’s start of a three game series in Houston. The Astros start that series just 3.5 games behind the Jays.