Teoscar Hernández was one of the good sluggers the Blue Jays had
The Mariners traded the first blockbuster trade of the offseason, acquiring All-Star outfielder Teoscar Hernandez from the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Toronto received right-handed reliever Erik Swanson and left-handed pitching prospect Adam Mackoa in exchange.
Heading into his age-30 season, Hernández is looking forward to it. He was under control for one more season before becoming eligible for free agency.
The right-handed hitter won the title. He earned two consecutive Silver Slugger Awards in 2020-21 and has slashed .283/.333/.519 (132OPS+) over the past three seasons, averaging 36 home runs and 114 RBIs over 162 games in that span.
Hernandez could effectively replace free agent Mitch Haniger in right field for the Mariners, whose outfield options also include 2022 AL Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez, veteran Jesse Winker, the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis, former prospects Jarred Kelenic and Taylor Trammell, as well such as Sam Haggerty and Dylan Moore.
Swanson, 29, was a linchpin in Seattle's dominant bullpen last season, posting a 1.68 ERA with 70 strikeouts and just 10 walks. in 53 2/3 innings. It will be added He joined a strong contingent of right-handers in the Toronto bullpen, joining Jordan Romano, Yimi Garcia, Anthony Bass and Adam Cimber.
The Blue Jays are also getting Macko, who was Seattle's No. 8 prospect. The 21-year-old lefty has averaged 14K per nine innings in three Minor League seasons. reached the High-A level in 2022.