Royals Swap Pitching Depth With Blue Jays

Larry Rupp
The Kansas City Royals have acquired pitching depth from the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Kansas City Royals have acquired pitching depth from the Toronto Blue Jays. / AP Photos/Carlos Osorio

The MLB Trade Deadline may still be weeks away, but that hasn't stopped the Kansas City Royals from making deals. They first shipped first baseman Carlos Santana to the Seattle Mariners in late June and have now dealt left-handed reliever Foster Griffin to the Toronto Blue Jays in return for Jonathan Bernal.

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Kansas City is a rebuilding team, which means any move they can do to get younger is a logical move to make. Bernal is 20-year-old out right-hander out of Mexico that has the upside of a middle of the rotation arm down the road. He has posted a 5.47 ERA across 52.2 innings at Single-A (47 strikeouts).

Meanwhile, Griffin was never able to find his groove with the Royals. He pitched to a 9.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 6.0 innings with the team, walking four batters and striking out three. The 26-year-old may benefit from a change of scenery and will join Toronto's bullpen as an immediate option.

This likely won't be the only move the Blue Jays make to improve their reliving core considering they own the third-worst bullpen ERA in the AL (4.23). Closer Jordan Romano has been the lone bright spot, posting a 2.53 ERA across 32.0 innings pitched and leading the AL with 19 saves.

As for the Royals, keep an eye on All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi and star utility player Whit Merrifield. Both names continue to float around the trade market. For now, Kansas City remains a long shot to win the World Series with odds set at +500000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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