It’s hard to believe, but the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired yet another middle reliever. The Jays traded Yan Gomes and recently-acquired Mike Aviles to Cleveland for Esmil Rogers. Per mlbtraderumors.com,
Rogers, 27, pitched to a 3.06 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 53 innings for the Tribe this year. He was acquired from the Rockies for cash in mid-June after being designated for assignment. Rogers throws very hard — averaged 95.7 mph with the fastball in 2012 — and remains under team control through 2016. He fell just short of the Super Two cutoff this offseason.
It’s difficult to understand why the Blue Jays would trade two players for a middle reliever, especially since one of those players—Aviles—has value as a shortstop. As insurance against the prospect of Darren Oliver retiring, the Jays could have easily picked up another reliever at any point in the offseason.