#HugWatch is in full effect as Seunghwan Oh leaves the Blue Jays bullpen for the thin air of Colorado
As the Toronto Blue Jays aimed to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Minnesota Twins (woof) on Wednesday night, news broke that the team was close to trading veteran reliever Seunghwan Oh to the Colorado Rockies.
Sources indicate #Jays close to a deal with Seunghwan Oh. Could happen tonight.
— Steve Phillips (@StevePhillipsGM) July 25, 2018
Robert Murray later confirmed:
RHP Seung-hwan Oh to #Rockies is a done deal, source tells The Athletic.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 25, 2018
Oh has been great in 2018, posting a 2.68 ERA over 47 innings and posting a voluptuous ERA+ of 158, striking out 55 batters and walking just ten. He should fit well in the Rockies bullpen.
Oh was signed this spring to a two-year deal worth $1.75M in 2018 with a vesting option for a $2.5M 2018, according to Sportrac. For a team like the Colorado Rockies who have struggled in the bullpen this season, Oh represents a late, high-leverage relief option that, on a rebuilding team like the Blue Jays, was an unnecessary piece in the process. That being said, should the Blue Jays have been competitive in 2018, the move to sign him would have looked just as smart as it does right now, as the Blue Jays seems to have acquired a power-hitting prospect from the Rockies and a speedy outfielder in the process.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) July 25, 2018
The original rumours involved Sean Bouchard. He’s not in the deal, so let’s replace him with that PTBNL. IN order to keep some transparency, here’s some details on Sean Bouchard, just for fun!
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Chad Spanbarger is an interesting name, as the left-handed hitting first baseman has walloped 41 home runs out west throughout his first two seasons in Rookie and Low-A. he strikes out a fair amount (153 times in 379 PA), but he still manages to get on base, posting a mark of .366 so far while slugging .595 for a .961 OPS. We’ll take those very low-level numbers with a grain of salt for now.
At 22 and as a college bat from the University of Arkansas, you might say Spanberger is behind in development, especially as the Rockies’ No. 24 prospect on MLB Pipeline. There are some concerns, and first baseman never rank well anyways. Per the Pipe:
“Spanberger garners some comparisons to Chris Davis because he’s a first baseman with big-time left-handed power and swing-and-miss concerns. His bat speed, strength and leverage give him massive raw power to all fields, and he doesn’t get cheated with an aggressive approach. While he probably won’t hit for a high average, he did make strides with using the entire field and made more consistent contact in 2017.”
So neither are prospects to get extremely excited about, but Spanberger is definitely interesting.
The move will open up a spot on the Blue Jays 25-man roster, which will likely go to Danny Barnes once he returns from the DL (he’s on the rehab stint right now.) before then, there might be some bullpen shuffling, with Luis Santos being the likely first man out. And with Oh now gone, there might be some ugly baseball on the way in Toronto.
We wish the best to Seunghwan Oh in Colorado. Hopefully he can fill in for a Rockies bullpen and find himself playing some competitive baseball in the coming months.
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