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Blue Jays gets Berrios from Twins, Soria from Diamondbacks on trade deadline

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The Toronto Blue Jays added to their offer on Friday’s trade deadline, capturing rookie Jose Berrios of the Minnesota Twins and veteran loyalist Joachim Soria of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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With thriving deals and Jays finally returning home for the first time in 670 days, GM Ross Atkins called it “a very satisfying day, for many reasons.”

“It’s not just about Jose Berrios,” he said. “But I think what it means for us to take it one step further – the acquisitions of George Springer and Marcus Simin, Hyun Jin Ryo the year prior. Continuing to build on the progress and growth of Bo Bichette, Vladdy (Guerrero), Cavan (Biggio) and Jordan Romero is exciting for us.”

Berrios was Jays’ biggest acquisition of the day. This two-time superstar holds a 7-5 record with an average of 3.48 hits earned and 126 strikes over 20 starting with the Twins this season.

“We’re thinking about next year as well,” said Guys director Charlie Montoyo. “A guy like Piraeus is one of the best rookies in baseball. Now we have control of him next year as well. So I think that was a distinguished move.”

Toronto have parted ways with two top potential players – Austin Martin and right-handed pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson – to land the 27-year-old right-hander from Puerto Rican. Martin ranked 16th on the MLB Pipeline’s Top Prospects list while Woods Richardson ranked 68th.

Martin finished second in the MLB rankings for the Blue Jays while Woods Richardson was fourth. Pitcher Nate Pearson has been named the Jays Organization’s potential client – ninth on MLB’s overall roster.

Atkins said that while the price was lofty, the Piraeus was one of the Jays’ top goals. Citing Prius’ toughness, he called him “a distinguished fit for this team and this organization.”

Atkins added that Piraeus’ aptitude to delve deeper into the game would benefit the Bulls as well.

Later the alike day, Toronto acquired Soria from Diamondbacks to be named players later.

“His throwing aptitude and expertise, I think the combination would donate us another option in this pen (bull),” Atkins said.

The 37-year-old has made six saves this season, scoring 4.30 ERA in 31 matches. The MLS star in 2008 and 2010, the Mexican right-hander has 229 career saves and 822 attacking strikes with a 3.06 ERA.

The trades came at the end of a active week.

“It feels like it’s getting busier every year. Even if your phone isn’t ringing, you’re making other people ring,” Atkins said.

The six-foot-205-pound Berrios was selected by Minnesota in the first round (32 whole) of the 2012 Draft Player of the Year.

He was named MLS All-Star in both 2018 and 2019.

Berrios, who has a 55-43 record with a 4.08 ERA over six seasons, joins the Toronto tournament highlighted by Rio, Robbie Ray and rookie Alec Manoah alongside Stephen Matz and Ross Streibling, who started Friday against Kansas City. Manuah entered the 10-day bruised back list on July 21 but is scheduled to start on Saturday.

In other moves, Jayce picked Kirby Snead from left to Buffalo Trio, designated defensive player Jonathan Davis and pitcher Tyler Chatwood to commission to make room on the 40-man roster. Left-handed Brad was active for Friday’s game following informing the Major League team.

The deals were confirmed prior the Friday afternoon baseball deals deadline, and on the alike day Jay was scheduled to play their first game at the Rogers Center in nearly two years.

Jays has been in the United States for the entire 2020 season and the first four months of the 2021 season due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Canada-US border.

Martin was a key member of the 2019 College World Series-winning Vanderbilt, and he played in the MLS at this month’s All-Star Futures Games at Coors Field. This side of the AL was run by the Twins exceptional assistant LaTroy Hawkins.

Woods Richardson, 20, was 2-4 with a 5.76 ERA over 11 starts to double for New Hampshire this season. He currently plays for the United States at the Olympic Games.


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