The Toronto Blue Jays are gearing up for some sort of a postseason run, especially after their most recent trade where they acquired left-handed starting pitcher Robbie Ray from the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is another move by the Blue Jays to receive a “rental” player who will become a free agent at the end of the 2020 season.
Left-hander Robbie Ray has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2020
Robbie Ray, who’s still owed about $1.5 million this year, will have portion of his salary paid by the #Dbacks.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 31, 2020
The Blue Jays are getting themselves a left-handed pitcher who will be able to join a pitching staff now anchored by Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was signed in the offseason. The Blue Jays will also not be financially burdened by this trade as the Diamondbacks are going to cover a portion of the remaining pro-rated salary for the 2020 season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing home left-handed prospect, Travis Bergen, as their haul in the deal. While Bergen is an unproven prospect, the Diamondbacks decided to part ways with the veteran starter.
So far, in 2020, Ray has pitched himself to a 1-4 record over seven starts, accumulating a 7.84 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP over 31 innings pitched. He does, however, have 43 punch outs with the Diamondbacks.