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Jays Trade for Daulton Varsho

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Everyone reports that the Jays are trading for Daulton Varsho from the Diamondbacks. Gabriel Moreno and Lourdes Gurriel are in the package going back to Arizona.

Varsho is a left-handed hitting outfielder/catcher. He’s 26. He played 151 games last year and hit .235/.302/.443 with 27 home runs, 46 walks and 145 strikeouts. And 16 stolen bases. He hit RHP (.240/.314/.553) much better than lefties (.221/.250/.303) last year.

Daulton was #67 on Baseball America’s 2021 top 100 prospects list. He played right, center and left last year, and 175 innings as a catcher. He is very good defensively in the outfield. He had 23.2 UZR/150 in the outfield last year. He would be a better glove in center than Springer on days that Kiermaier sits.

His batting line doesn’t look terrific, but with his defense, he had a 4.6 fWAR last year. And he’ll get better.

I’m sorry to see Moreno leaving. You need to give something up to get something. Well, as much as I like to watch Lourdes, he’s been a fairly average outfielder. I’d much rather have Varsho’s glove in left and bat in left.


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