Jays Acquire Esmil Rogers

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.

Wes Kepstro


2 Responses to “Jays Acquire Esmil Rogers”

  1. 1 budyzer13 November 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Hard to explain this move. Maybe the jays didn’t want Aviles or didn’t think he fit with the rest of the team. But two infielders for a relief pitcher is not your normal trade unless he is a top tier guy in which Rogers isn’t. Maybe a piece to be dealt later ? Or strictly a power arm that AA wanted and paid the price to get. But why trade middle infielder when that is what you need…..

  2. 2 @ALEastbound November 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I think AA was impressed by the Baltimore bullpen efficiency last season. He wants a big time, shutdown bullpen unit. Which we are building. Maybe he didn’t want the reminder of John Farrell every day and moved aviles. Bit of an odd move.

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