Toronto Blue Jays Trade Joe Smith to Cleveland

 

The Toronto Blue Jays pulled off their second deal of the day as they sent reliever, Joe Smith to Cleveland for minor league lefty and short stop

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays have pulled off their second deal of the day. We’ve been following along all day, waiting for things to develop. After sending Francisco Liriano to Houston for a very nice return, they used arguably their best trade chip to help Cleveland boost their bullpen

 

 

Early reports indicated that the return for Smith wouldn’t be as high as we might have liked. Apparently, two minor leaguers were all Ross Atkins could get from his old employer. That was confirmed by Paul Hoynes:

 

That is not to say that this is not a good deal. But, there were rumblings that Smith might actually net the Blue Jays a significant package. In Pannone, the Blue Jays get a 23 yr old lefty who appears to have issues with his command. Though, that doesn’t tell the whole story. While his walk numbers are high, so too are his strike outs, combining to keep his WHIP low. Michael Hattery of WFNY profiled him as a back end bullpen possibility. Taylor is a young short stop with very little power to speak of, but he has a respectable on base rate. It is worth noting that this Blue Jays front office would be familiar with Cleveland’s system, which would have come into play, here.

 

LHP, Tom Pannone

 

Register Pitching
Year Age Tm Lg Lev W L ERA G GS IP H ER HR BB SO HBP WP WHIP
2013 19 Indians ARIZ Rk 1 0 9.00 14 0 16.0 23 16 0 10 20 2 3 2.063
2014 20 Indians ARIZ Rk 5 0 3.20 11 7 45.0 32 16 1 24 62 3 8 1.244
2015 21 Lake County MIDW A 7 6 4.02 27 20 116.1 98 52 12 37 120 5 5 1.160
2016 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ 8 5 2.57 25 24 133.0 104 38 8 41 122 6 2 1.090
2016 22 Lynchburg CARL A+ 3 0 1.65 8 7 43.2 31 8 1 16 38 2 0 1.076
2016 22 Lake County MIDW A 5 5 3.02 17 17 89.1 73 30 7 25 84 4 2 1.097
2017 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ 8 1 1.96 19 19 110.0 77 24 5 28 120 3 4 0.955
2017 23 Akron EL AA 6 1 2.62 14 14 82.1 67 24 5 21 81 3 4 1.069
2017 23 Lynchburg CARL A+ 2 0 0.00 5 5 27.2 10 0 0 7 39 0 0 0.614
All All All 29 12 3.13 96 70 420.1 334 146 26 140 444 19 22 1.128
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Generated 7/31/2017.

SS, Samad Taylor

 

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2016 17 -2.8 Rk 32 135 116 25 34 5 2 1 14 6 11 24 .293 .359 .397 .755
2017 18 -3.0 A- 28 130 120 18 36 6 1 4 19 4 5 24 .300 .328 .467 .795
All All All 60 265 236 43 70 11 3 5 33 10 16 48 .297 .344 .432 .776
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Generated 7/31/2017.

 

Joe Smith

 

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm W L ERA G GF SV IP H ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP
2009 25 CLE 0 0 3.44 37 5 0 34.0 30 13 4 13 30 125 4.01 1.265
2010 26 CLE 2 2 3.83 53 7 0 40.0 30 17 4 24 32 104 4.65 1.350
2011 27 CLE 3 3 2.01 71 13 0 67.0 52 15 1 21 45 196 2.91 1.090
2012 28 CLE 7 4 2.96 72 12 0 67.0 53 22 4 25 53 132 3.50 1.164
2013 29 CLE 6 2 2.29 70 20 3 63.0 54 16 5 23 54 167 3.60 1.222
2014 30 LAA 7 2 1.81 76 26 15 74.2 45 15 4 15 68 200 2.85 0.804
2015 31 LAA 5 5 3.58 70 13 5 65.1 64 26 4 19 57 106 3.15 1.270
2016 32 TOT 2 5 3.46 54 19 6 52.0 47 20 8 18 40 118 4.99 1.250
2016 32 LAA 1 4 3.82 38 16 6 37.2 36 16 4 13 25 106 4.63 1.301
2016 32 CHC 1 1 2.51 16 3 0 14.1 11 4 4 5 15 167 5.94 1.116
2017 33 TOR 3 0 3.28 38 1 0 35.2 30 13 3 10 51 140 2.31 1.121
11 Y 11 Y 11 Y 44 28 2.95 677 142 29 606.1 504 199 44 220 527 135 3.57 1.194
162 162 162 4 3 2.95 68 14 3 61 51 20 4 22 53 135 3.57 1.194
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Generated 7/31/2017.

 

Smith came to Toronto this past offseason on a one year deal and has been rather good. His 35.4% K rate was certainly a welcome sight when the bullpen had very few bright spots, save for Roberto Osuna. In fact, should the Blue Jays have been able to compete, this would have made a nice back end duo.

 

He would spend time on the DL with shoulder inflammation, but has returned in time to show that that is not an issue moving forward. It was enough to provide enough of a sample for another team to feel confident in bringing him aboard.

 

Instead, Smith will join Andrew Miller and give Cleveland quite a formidable group of relievers.

 

Adding a personal touch to this story is Bill Shaikin, who provides some interesting insight into Smith’s personal life that may have had some bearing on Toronto’s front office decisions.

 

 

 

 

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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.