Blue Jays acquire Daulton Varsho from the D-Backs for Gabriel Moreno and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

The Blue Jays agree to a deal with the Diamondbacks that will see them acquire an outfield player Dalton Farshawreports ESPN’s Jeff Bassin. The Blue Jays send out a package that includes catching a prospect Gabriel Moreno to Arizona. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. He will also head to Arizona in the deal, according to reports Bob Nightingale from USA Today. John Heyman from the New York Post I reported earlier that the Jays were close to landing Varshaw.

For the Blue Jays, they have always been looking to add a left-handed component to their right-handed heavyweight lineup. They were rumored willing to deal with their catch surplus in order to tackle the other areas on their list. With Danny JansenAnd the Alejandro Kirk and Moreno vying for playing time, it looks like they’ll use one of them to arrange a deal with the team in need. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks have drawn a lot commercial interest This is off season on their multiplayer. Corbin CarrollAnd the Alec ThomasAnd the Jake McCarthy Varshaw is all left-handed and has different traits, but he created a predicament that many expected to remove by trade. Given these factors, the two teams were often set up for speculative business partners, which paid off with this deal.

Varshaw, 26, was a top 100 player in the minors and made his debut with the Diamondbacks in 2020. Although he was a starter, his natural athleticism has led him to an outfield role lately. It was mentioned Towards the end of the 2022 campaign, the Diamondbacks were so impressed with his work on the field that they were planning to keep him there in the future. This was a fairly reasonable conclusion to tie given his excellent defensive scores on the turf. He had +19 points defense saved on the court this year, along with an 18.8 absolute zone rating and 17 points above average. All three of those numbers were the leading all MLB players this year, with DRS tied for Michael A. Taylor.

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adding that the Blue Jays have largely focused on blocking runs this season Chris Bassett to take turns, Eric Swanson to their defense and defense specialists Kevin Kiermayer to outside them. Now with Varsho, they’ve continued that run blocking trajectory by adding the 2022 Outfielder of the Year. However, Varsho isn’t just about being a contributor alone. He hit 27 home runs this year and stole 16 bases. He finished the season with a .235/.302/.443 hitting streak, good enough for wRC+106, indicating that he was 6% above the league average. Combined, those contributions amounted to 4.6 wins above replacement for the year, FanGraphs calculates.

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