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Blue Jays Acquire Clayton Richard for Connor Panas

Blue Jays add even more unimpressive depth with lefty Clayton Richard

 

 

On Sunday evening, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired lefty veteran starting pitcher Clayton Richard while giving up 1B/OF Connor Panas.

 

 

Richard was designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres last week (you’ll be forgiven if you missed that earth-shattering headline). At 35, he’s not young, nor is he particularly good. Richard posted a 5.33 ERA over 158 innings, posted a -1.8 bWAR and an ERA+ of 72.

Richard has had some decent years in the past, posting above-average ERA+ metrics in 2009 (101) and 2016 (122). At best, which seems unlikely at 35 in the American League East, he’s completely average. At worst, well, you get his 2018 season over again versus stiffer competition.

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, Oliver Drake has been designated for assignment. Seems they could have saved that step a few weeks ago and managed to protect some actually interesting players prior to the Rule 5 Draft, but there’s no point in retracing those steps now.

 

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2008 24 CHW 2 5 6.04 13 8 47.2 61 37 32 5 13 29 76 4.10 1.552 11.5 0.9 2.5 5.5 2.23
2009 25 TOT 9 5 4.41 38 26 153.0 154 81 75 17 71 114 98 4.50 1.471 9.1 1.0 4.2 6.7 1.61
2009 25 CHW 4 3 4.65 26 14 89.0 94 50 46 10 37 66 101 4.42 1.472 9.5 1.0 3.7 6.7 1.78
2009 25 SDP 5 2 4.08 12 12 64.0 60 31 29 7 34 48 93 4.61 1.469 8.4 1.0 4.8 6.8 1.41
2010 26 SDP 14 9 3.75 33 33 201.2 206 89 84 16 78 153 98 3.81 1.408 9.2 0.7 3.5 6.8 1.96
2011 27 SDP 5 9 3.88 18 18 99.2 104 52 43 8 38 53 92 4.21 1.425 9.4 0.7 3.4 4.8 1.39
2012 28 SDP 14 14 3.99 33 33 218.2 228 110 97 31 42 107 90 4.62 1.235 9.4 1.3 1.7 4.4 2.55
2013 29 SDP 2 5 7.01 12 11 52.2 65 44 41 13 21 24 49 6.54 1.633 11.1 2.2 3.6 4.1 1.14
2015 31 CHC 4 2 3.83 23 3 42.1 47 18 18 3 7 22 100 3.58 1.276 10.0 0.6 1.5 4.7 3.14
2016 32 TOT 3 4 3.33 36 9 67.2 81 35 25 4 31 41 122 4.17 1.655 10.8 0.5 4.1 5.5 1.32
2016 32 CHC 0 1 6.43 25 0 14.0 23 14 10 0 7 7 67 4.07 2.143 14.8 0.0 4.5 4.5 1.00
2016 32 SDP 3 3 2.52 11 9 53.2 58 21 15 4 24 34 159 4.19 1.528 9.7 0.7 4.0 5.7 1.42
2017 33 SDP 8 15 4.79 32 32 197.1 240 114 105 24 59 151 88 4.23 1.515 10.9 1.1 2.7 6.9 2.56
2018 34 SDP 7 11 5.33 27 27 158.2 159 98 94 19 60 108 72 4.68 1.380 9.0 1.1 3.4 6.1 1.80
10 Y 10 Y 10 Y 68 79 4.46 265 200 1239.1 1345 678 614 140 420 802 87 4.39 1.424 9.8 1.0 3.1 5.8 1.91
162 162 162 10 12 4.46 39 29 181 197 99 90 20 61 117 87 4.39 1.424 9.8 1.0 3.1 5.8 1.91
SDP SDP SDP 58 68 4.37 178 175 1046.1 1120 559 508 122 356 678 87 4.43 1.411 9.6 1.0 3.1 5.8 1.90
CHC CHC CHC 4 3 4.47 48 3 56.1 70 32 28 3 14 29 88 3.71 1.491 11.2 0.5 2.2 4.6 2.07
CHW CHW CHW 6 8 5.14 39 22 136.2 155 87 78 15 50 95 91 4.31 1.500 10.2 1.0 3.3 6.3 1.90
NL ( NL ( NL ( 62 71 4.37 226 178 1102.2 1190 591 536 125 370 707 87 4.40 1.415 9.7 1.0 3.0 5.8 1.91
AL ( AL ( AL ( 6 8 5.14 39 22 136.2 155 87 78 15 50 95 91 4.31 1.500 10.2 1.0 3.3 6.3 1.90
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2018.

 

Richard, however, does fill some needs for the roster: he can pitch a lot of innings, and well, that’s about it. But he’s someone to protect the younger guys like Sean Reid-Foley and Thomas Pannone from excessive exposure in 2019, a season in which the team will not contend. We’ve been assuming this would be the route the club would take all offseason. General Manager Ross Atkins is filling holes – both real and imagined – with very cheap and sometimes cost-controlled starters like Matt Shoemaker.

 

 

 

Connor Panas

 

Of course, there’s two sides to every trade, and the in this one, the Blue Jays will be losing 1B/OF Connor Panas. Panas, a Canadian native and alum of Buffalo’s Canisius College, will be 26 by Opening Day in 2019.

Up through Double-A, Panas has slashed .251/.338/.424 while playing mostly first base and designated hitter. While the .338 OBP looks promising, he took a dive at Double-A, ften the biggest hurdle in a minor leaguer’s career, getting on-base at just .296 while watching his home runs totals cut in half (9).

 

Register Batting
Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP
2015 22 2 Teams 51 202 178 30 48 10 2 5 29 3 2 21 50 .270 .356 .433 .789 77 1
2015 22 Vancouver 45 176 155 25 39 9 2 4 25 2 2 19 47 .252 .341 .413 .754 64 1
2015 22 Blue Jays 6 26 23 5 9 1 0 1 4 1 0 2 3 .391 .462 .565 1.027 13 0
2016 23 Lansing 98 383 321 46 74 10 3 16 50 3 4 45 97 .231 .343 .430 .773 138 3
2017 24 Dunedin 114 459 402 64 111 20 3 18 55 4 0 41 99 .276 .364 .475 .839 191 4
2017 24 Canberra 19 84 73 19 18 4 1 5 14 1 0 5 11 .247 .333 .534 .868 39 3
2018 25 New Hampshire 105 407 370 39 86 16 2 9 39 4 3 25 84 .232 .296 .359 .655 133 4
Mino Mino Mino 368 1451 1271 179 319 56 10 48 173 14 9 132 330 .251 .338 .424 .762 539 12
All All All 387 1535 1344 198 337 60 11 53 187 15 9 137 341 .251 .338 .430 .768 578 15
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2018.

 

Perhaps 2018 was just a rough season for Panas, but essentially the Padres get a solid, slow-developing a player who might be…something someday, but most likely not. The Padres are probably more concerned with the $3.5 Million coming off the books than finding a spot for a positionless prospect without any intriguing numbers.

 

There’s still some time to make the on-field product that is the 2019 Toronto Blue Jays more exciting, but chances are, it isn’t going to come in the form of the rotation. While previously acquired Matt Shoemaker provided some excited, there’s just nothing in this deal worth getting worked up about.

On we go, then.

 

 

 

 

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