The Toronto Blue Jays have added depth to their pitching staff and offence, acquiring right-hander Ross Stripling and infielder Jonathan Villar in a series of trades. Let's not forget previously, they also acquired Robbie Ray from Arizona.
Toronto got Villar from the Miami Marlins in exchange for a player to be named later and Stripling from the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named later.
Stripling is a former all-star, making an appearance in 2018 when he went 8-6 with a 3.02 ERA and 136 strikeouts.
The 30-year-old has a 3-1 record with 27 strikeouts, 11 walks and a 5.61 ERA across seven starts for the Dodgers this season. The six-foot-three, 220-pound righty has a career 3.68 ERA across five seasons with Los Angeles.
"Stripling has been a guy who’s very reliable, really good weapons, incredible secondary options and he’s throwing hard this year," said Jays general manager Ross Atkins.
Also, Villar is batting .259 with four doubles, two home runs and nine runs batted in this season.
The native of La Vega, Dominican Republic, native has stolen a MLB-high nine bases this season and 211 over the course of his career.
"He has the ability to play shortstop on a very regular basis, ability to play outfield, play centrefield, can bounce around all the infield positions," said Atkins. "Versatility was attractive, switch-hitting was attractive, stealing a base was attractive. Very exciting piece."