After the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox made some big moves over the past couple of days the Toronto Blue Jays have now joined the party. The Blue Jays have traded for starting pitcher Jose Berrios from the Minnesota Twins.
Since coming into the majors in 2016 Jose Berrios has been one of the most reliable starters in all of baseball. His rookie season was his worst season, but since then he has put up some big numbers.
In three straight seasons he put up double digit wins including two 14-8 seasons. His career average ERA is 4.08, but for most of his seasons he has hung out around 3.50. In 2018 he led baseball with two complete games and one shutout.
His 2021 season has been consistent with his career numbers. He has a 7-5 record with a 3.48 ERA and 126 strikeouts. That record would be much better if it were not for the lack of run support his team gave him.
Powerful Blue Jays
The Blue Jays sit in fourth place in the American League East with a 51-48 record. Their record does not tell the story of this team. They have one of the best offenses in all of baseball with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Marcus Semien and Bo Bichette. Unfortunately they are lacking in consistently strong pitching performances.
Their aces are Hyun Jin Ryu (10-5, 3.26 ERA) and Robbie Ray (9-5, 3.04 ERA), but outside of them there is not much reliability.
The Blue Jays went all out to get him by giving up Austin Martin, Toronto’s No. 2 prospect, and Simeon Woods Richardson, Toronto’s No. 4 prospect. They want to get to the playoffs this season and that meant giving up some athletes that could have helped them in years to come.
This move will hopefully help them put them in a position to grab a wild card spot when the regular season comes to a close.
Jose Berrios is going to be a huge boost for their rotation. With his success on the mound and the amount of run support he will receive they will be hard to beat when he is on the mound.
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