Toronto Blue Jays Trade Jason Grilli to Texas Rangers

 

The Toronto Blue Jays have traded Jason Grilli to the Texas Rangers for minor league OF, Eduard Pinto

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays will be getting something for Jason Grilli after all. The struggling veteran reliever was designated for assignment recently, putting an end to his time in Toronto. At the time, it was surprising to see the Blue Jays simply letting Grilli go for nothing. One would have thought that there was a team out there desperate for some bullpen help. Apparently, that team is the Texas Rangers.

 

The struggles of Jason Grilli have been explained already as Jays From the Couch explained why he was struggling so badly. Basically, the answer is that his slider has become the worst pitch of his career…by far. He’s been grooving more pitches than he ever had and his flyballs were turning into home runs more than they ever had.

 

Because of this, we saw Grilli go from dependable, high leverage reliever to the guy getting passed over in even low leverage spots. Basically, as much as the club like the person, the player was not one they felt comfortable using at any time. Obviously, you can’t keep a roster spot for this kind of player. So, he was designated for assignment. The Blue Jays were able to find a trade partner in the Rangers.

 

As well as cash, the Blue Jays will be getting 22 yr old Venezuelan outfielder, Eduard Pinto.

 

Register Batting
Year Age Tm Lev G PA R H 2B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 17 Rangers FRk 56 262 47 88 13 1 29 8 31 13 .396 .475 .477 .953
2013 18 2 Teams A–Rk 36 142 8 37 4 0 6 0 5 13 .276 .307 .306 .613
2013 18 Spokane A- 22 88 3 20 1 0 2 0 5 7 .250 .302 .263 .565
2013 18 Rangers Rk 14 54 5 17 3 0 4 0 0 6 .315 .315 .370 .685
2014 19 2 Teams A–A 82 363 49 96 14 1 33 5 24 28 .294 .341 .346 .686
2014 19 Hickory A 23 83 6 12 3 0 6 0 4 12 .158 .200 .197 .397
2014 19 Spokane A- 59 280 43 84 11 1 27 5 20 16 .335 .382 .390 .772
2015 20 Hickory A 98 397 39 91 12 2 36 2 34 21 .261 .329 .341 .670
2016 21 2 Teams A-AA 80 328 39 97 16 5 40 4 26 24 .330 .385 .435 .820
2016 21 Frisco AA 29 122 13 35 5 0 12 3 9 8 .318 .372 .364 .736
2016 21 Hickory A 51 206 26 62 11 5 28 1 17 16 .337 .392 .478 .870
2017 22 Down East A+ 46 191 30 55 10 4 18 7 10 21 .311 .358 .446 .804
Year Age Tm Lev G PA R H 2B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Mino Mino Mino Minors 398 1683 212 464 69 13 162 26 130 120 .309 .367 .390 .757
Fore Fore Fore Foreign 63 145 15 30 6 0 12 2 9 11 .233 .291 .279 .570
All All All 461 1828 227 494 75 13 174 28 139 131 .303 .361 .381 .742
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/2/2017.

 

Pinto presents more outfield depth at a young age. He’s a lefty bat that brings a nice on base percentage. He’s a contact hitter, with little power (career ISO: 0.082). According to MLBFarm.com, Pinto puts the ball in play, as evidenced by his career K% of 7.6 and BB% of 7. He’s 5’11” 150 lbs and is best known for his ability to handle the bat.

 

Whether or not Pinto does anything of note in the Blue Jays system remains to be seen, but this is definitely one of those deals where you’re just trying to get something, as opposed to letting a big league piece go for nothing. The fact that the Blue Jays got a minor league outfielder who hadn’t played above AA could be sign of just how little other teams were willing to give up for Grilli. Or, it could be a sign that Toronto’s front office is trying to add outfield depth to its system. Of course, it could be both of these things, or none of them.

 

A deal like this allows the Blue Jays to get something for nothing. It allows the Rangers to possibly see another change of scenery turn Grilli’s season around on the cheap.

 

 

 

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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.

Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.