The Toronto Blue Jays improved their bullpen by acquiring Anthony Bass from the Miami Marlins, but it came at a premium price.
The Toronto Blue Jays watched as the New York Yankees got better on paper when they acquired outfielder Andrew Benintendi, starting pitcher Frankie Montas, and relievers Scott Effross and Lou Trivino. With the deadline approaching at 6:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Blue Jays made a move to bolster their bullpen.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Blue Jays have acquired relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop from the Miami Marlins. In exchange, Toronto is sending their fourth-overall prospect, shortstop Jordan Groshans, to Miami.
Additionally, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that “a smaller piece” is heading to Toronto along with Bass and Pop.
Blue Jays premium price for Anthony Bass in Marlins trade
Blue Jays Get
RHP Anthony Bass
RHP Zach Pop
Player to be Named Later
SS Jordan Groshans (No. 4 prospect)
With the trade deadline, the Blue Jays had to pay a price for bullpen help, and that just so happened to be Groshans, who is ranked fourth-overall in Toronto’s farm system and No. 82 overall according to MLB Pipeline.
This season with Triple-A Buffalo, Groshans is slashing .250/.348/.296 while recording one home run, 24 RBI, 30 runs scored, and 60 hits in 67 games.
Bass is having an incredible 2022 campaign, as he holds a 1.41 ER and 0.940 WHIP, while recording 45 strikeouts and 10 walks in 44.2 innings (45 games).
Pop appeared in 18 games for the Marlins this season, recording a 3.60 ERA, a 1.250 WHIP, 14 strikeouts, and 2 walks over 20.0 innings.
For Blue Jays fans wondering if the team would actually make a trade at the deadline, the answer is yes.