The Blue Jays acquired Rob Refsnyder from the New York Yankees for Ryan McBroom, as the team announced on Sunday afternoon. Refsnyder, who played in 94 games at the major league level over the past three years, will report to triple-A Buffalo.
McBroom — who hit a walk-off home run against the Yankees in spring training — was an All-Star for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Toronto’s double-A club, this season. He hit .243 with an OBP of .321 in 96 games for New Hampshire. Since the Fisher Cats were in Trenton to play New York’s double-A Club, the Thunder, McBroom simply had to walk to Trenton’s clubhouse.
Refsnyder, 26-years-old, made his major league debut in 2015 for the Yankees. Refsnyder is predominantly a second baseman, and was ranked as the eighth-best prospect at the position last year, but he can also play various infield and outfield positions.
The Blue Jays also acquired pitcher Nick Tepesch from the Minnesota Twins yesterday, sending cash considerations to Minnesota. Tepesch, pronounced TEHP-ehsh (thanks, Baseball Reference), may provide pitching depth if any of Toronto’s starters, most notably Marco Estrada or Francisco Liriano, are traded.
Tepesch appeared in just one game this season for the Twins, although he started 22 games for the 2014 Texas Rangers. In 2014, he posted a 4.36 ERA and 1.27 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 126 innings.
Since May, Tepesch has been sidelined with a right elbow impingement. He’ll likely require more time on the disabled list prior to being activated.
The Red Sox promoted top prospect Rafael Devers to the major-league club yesterday, just 11 days after he appeared in the double-A All-Star game.
"Our biggest concern with him has been that if we brought him up and he struggles, like a lot of guys do, how would he handle it? And our people feel that he would handle it well at this point," Dombrowski said to Scott Lauber of ESPN.. "They said that he's ready to tackle that next step... The consensus is that he's a baseball player [and] loves to play the game. He's ready to handle it."
Side note: Never before have I heard such an obvious comment as, “He’s a baseball player,” from a member of society that is not on the Blue Jays’ TV team.
The Blue Jays lost 8-1 to Cleveland yesterday afternoon, falling in the final game of their dismal 10-game road trip. J.A. Happ took the loss after allowing seven earned runs and Corey Kluber struck out 14 in the winning effort.
Today, Toronto is back home — finally. If the team has any hope of remaining competitive past the July 31st trade deadline, the next two series against the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels will be vital. Francisco Liriano starts today for the Blue Jays, and in his last two starts, he hasn’t pitched into the third inning or thrown more than 54 pitches. Chris Smith, who’s given up four earned runs in 13 innings this season, is on the mound for Oakland.
You can watch the game on Sportsnet and TVA Sports or listen to it on Sportsnet 590.
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