The Toronto Blue Jays have shipped beleaguered reliever Jesse Chavez to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade deadline deal, as first reported Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. New York Post’s Joel Sherman shortly followed with the return for Toronto, right hander Mike Bolsinger.
Source: #Dodgers acquire Jesse Chavez from #BlueJays.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 1, 2016
#bluejays getting Mike Bolsinger for Jesse Chavez from #Dodgers— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 1, 2016
Chavez, a 32-year-old right-hander, has not been impressive in his second stint with the Blue Jays, compiling a 4.57 ERA in 39 relief appearances, allowing nine home runs in 41 innings. He had a lot of struggles with inherited runners, allowing 15 of 31 to score, which has him among lead leaders in the statistic. He was acquired by Toronto this past offseason from the Oakland A’s for Liam Hendriks, and is now headed back to the west coast to the aptly named Chavez Ravine.
Bolsinger was a 28-year-old swingman for the Dodgers, having been used out of the bullpen exclusively for triple-A Oklahoma City since his demotion in mid-June after six starts for the major league Dodgers. In those starts Bolsinger recorded an ugly 6.83 ERA, but in 2015 he was decent with a 3.62 ERA over 21 starts. Bolsinger gives the Blue Jays some minor league depth in the bullpen and in the rotation. Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that he is headed to triple-A Buffalo.
Mike Bolsinger headed to triple-A Buffalo.— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 1, 2016
Bolsinger is on his third and final option year.