The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired infielder Yangervis Solarte from the San Diego Padres. The deal was first reported by Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan.
This deal is quite surprising and interesting because the Blue Jays have a lot of infield depth. All of their starting positions are filled and they have some supreme backups for around the diamond. This deal could be a precursor for a potential Josh Donaldson deal. At the moment, it appears that Solarte will be used as a utility player because he can play all four infield positions.
Solarte, 30, has two years of control left before he is set to hit free agency following the 2019 season. In his fourth season in the big leagues, Solarte hit .255 with 18 home runs and 64 RBIs. Solarte is very disciplined at the plate, as he struck out only 64 times in 466 at-bats.
Former Phillies and Blue Jays' pitcher Roy Halladay passed away earlier today in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay was the only person in the small jet and no mayday called made. There is no explanation at the moment for why the plane crashed. The jet was found in six-feet deep water and was flipped upside down.
The 40-year-old pitched in the big leagues for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. During his 16 year career, Halladay won two CY Young awards and finished in the top-5 for Cy Young SEVEN times! Also, Halladay earned the honor of playing in eight all-star games. Halladay threw a perfect game and a no-hitter during his career.
Before Halladay retired in 2013, he had fantastic career numbers, including a 203-105 win-loss record and a 3.38 ERA. Halladay has a chance to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.
Halladay had been residing in Florida and served as a coach for the Calvary Christian of Clearwater baseball team. Halladay leaves behind a wife and kids. I send my condolences to his family and friends.
The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a trade that will send lefty Francisco Liriano to Toronto, per Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.
The Blue Jays have been in talks with multiple contenders regarding shipping out Francisco Liriano and some of their veteran players. According to Bob Nightengale of ESPN, the Astros plan to utilize Liriano as a reliever.
Liriano, 33, will likely be a rental for the Astros, as he is set to become a free agent after the season. The lefty has started 18 games for the Jays and has an ugly 5.88 ERA. Liriano will likely become a lefty specialist for the Astros' pen because lefties are hitting .230 off of him this year.
In return for Liriano, the Blue Jays will acquire veteran outfielder Nori Aoki and a minor league player
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Miguel Montero and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.
Montero, 33, was DFA'd last week after he made critical comments regarding starter Jake Arrieta. Montero caught Arrieta in his start against the Nationals last week, when the Cubs allowed the Nats to steal seven bases.
Montero told reporters post game that Arrieta was slow to the plate and that is why he struggled defensively that evening.
Montero has played back up to Wilson Contreras all season, despite hitting .286 with four home runs in 44 games.
Montero will be making $14 million this season and the Cubs are expected to pick up around $7 million.
The two-time all-star will play back up to Russell Martin in Toronto, which is a huge upgrade over their current back up catcher, Luke Maile.
The Toronto Blue Jays have announced they have claimed infielder Ty Kelly from the New York Mets. To clear space for Kelly on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays have transferred Glenn Sparkman from the 10 day disabled list to the 60 day disabled list.
Kelly, 28, has played in the minor leagues for most of his playing career. Last season, he finally reached the majors with the New York Mets. Last year, he owned a slash line of .241/.352/.345 in 58 at bats, while hitting one double, one triple, and one HR with seven RBIs.
Kelly, over his eight year playing career in the minors, owns a solid slash line of .280/.381/.380 with 44 HRs and 404 RBIs in 3219 at bats.
Kelly has played for five different organizations during his eight seasons in the minors. He has played in the farm system of the Orioles, Mariners, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and the Mets.
Kelly was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 2009 first year MLB player draft.