Dominic Hernandez, 30, was in control of the Toronto team for just one more year. He would become a free agent at the end of next campaign.
In exchange for his services, the Jays got right-handed reliever Eric Swanson, who was coming off the best season of his career and would control the team for three years.
Swanson played in 57 games last season and had a 1.68 ERA. In Seattle, he was part of one of the best reliever groups in the entire mlb,
Toronto also received 21-year-old prospect Adam McCo in the trade. The Slovakian-born left-handed pitcher would have the potential to be a starter. He has already played in Canada since attending Vauxhall High School in Alberta.
By the end of this exchange, blue Jays Freed up space on his payroll and added to his reliever pool, which was one of his main off-season goals.
Swanson will receive 10 percent of what Hernandez is expected to earn in 2023. The Toronto team, which also released outfielders Raimel Tapia and Bradley Zimmer on Tuesday, will have about $19 million in free agents to shop in the market this winter.
relief group of blue Jays More comes down to George Springer, Lourdes Gurril Jr., Whit Merrifield, Otto Lopez and Nathan Luks. In this situation reinforcement will definitely be needed.
In 2020 and 2021, Teoscar Hernandez earned two Silver Sticks in Queen City for his batting power, honoring the best offensive player at his position. blue JaysHe notably hit 129 home runs and maintained a .263 batting average.
The Dominican also plans to represent Toronto in the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Hernandez was acquired from the Houston Astros in July 2017 for pitcher Francisco Liriano. He had become one of the most beloved players of his teammates and the crowd.