On Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays made a very important move to shore up their bullpen.
According to Katie Woo of The Athletic, the Blue Jays have acquired left-hander Genesis Cabrera from the St. Louis Cardinals.
In exchange, catching prospect Sammy Hernandez is headed to St. Louis.
The Cardinals designated the left-hander for assignment on Monday.
In 32 appearances, Cabrera has posted an ERA of 5.06.
The Blue Jays already have Yimi Garcia, Trevor Richards, Jordan Romano, and Erik Swanson in their bullpen.
Cabrera gives them an extra left-hander for high-leverage spots.
Woo announced the news of the recent trade on Twitter.
The #STLCards have traded Genésis Cabrera to the Blue Jays in exchange for minor-league catching prospect Sammy Hernandez. Cabrera was DFA’d by St. Louis on Monday.
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) July 21, 2023
Cabrera will join Tim Mayza as the second left-hander in Toronto’s bullpen.
With the Cardinals well out of contention in both the NL Central and Wild Card races, Cabrera was a trade candidate at the deadline.
Toronto is close to the top in the American League East, as they sit just 5.5 games back of the first-place Baltimore Orioles.
They currently are in possession of a Wild Card spot in the American League, owning a record of 54-43.
Cabrera’s best season in St. Louis came in 2020, which was the COVID-shortened season.
That year, he posted a 2.42 ERA in 19 appearances.
He became a viable left-handed option out of the Cardinals bullpen and remained as such in 2021, posting an ERA of 3.73.
However, the lefty fell off last season and was ultimately demoted to the minors.
He began the season in the minor leagues before the Cardinals called him up.
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