Teoscar Hernandez will be traveling to the western coast in the near future.
According to announcements made by both teams on Wednesday, the Toronto Blue Jays sent their star outfielder to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for the relief pitcher Erik Swanson and the left-handed pitching prospect Adam Macko.
Last year, while playing for the Blue Jays, Hernandez hit 25 home runs
Drove in 77 runs, and had an OPS of.807 in 131 games. He is a two-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award and will be an All-Star in 2021.
“When we started the summer, one of our primary goals was to strengthen and lengthen our lineup. As a result of adding Teoscar to a foundation that was already strong, we believe that we have become a significantly more dangerous offensive team “Jerry Dipoto, president of baseball operations for the Mariners, spoke on the matter in a news release.
The 30-year-old is slated to make $14.1 million through arbitration for the next season, and he will have the opportunity to test the free agent market following the 2023 season.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, despite the fact that Julio Rodriguez, the AL Rookie of the Year, and Hernandez, who was just acquired, are both playing in the outfield for Seattle, the Mariners are still considering making an improvement in left field.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, the general manager of the Blue Jays, Ross Atkins, stated that three or four teams had a significant amount of interest in Hernandez, but Seattle provided the best offer.
In 2022, Swanson made 57 appearances with the Mariners and finished the year with a 1.68 ERA and 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. The right-handed pitcher, who is 29 years old, provides the Blue Jays with a high-leverage bullpen arm who is still under the Blue Jays’ control for the next three seasons.
According to MLB Pipeline, Macko was the eighth-best prospect in the Seattle Mariners organization’s minor league system. The 21-year-old finished his first season in Single-A with a record of 3.99 earned run average, 60 strikeouts, and 38 1/3 innings pitched (eight starts).
After completing the trade for Hernandez, sources told Morosi that the Blue Jays are now considering adding outfielder Brandon Nimmo to their roster.
Nimmo would bring a left-handed bat to a Toronto lineup that relied heavily on right-handed hitters the previous season. After compiling a career-high 5.4 fWAR with 16 home runs and an NL-high seven triples for the New York Mets in 2022, the 29-year-old is believed to be the greatest free-agent outfielder other than Aaron Judge on the open market. He did this by setting an NL record with seven triples.
Atkins said that George Springer would be open to playing right field instead of center field.
According to Ethan Diamandas of Sports Illustrated, Atkins was quoted as saying, “I know George will be open to (shifting to RF) if it does present itself, where there’s an everyday center fielder that we can add, (and) it makes our club stronger.”
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