Marlins trade relievers Pop, Bass to Blue Jays

Posted: 04/08/2022 in MLB
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The Toronto Blue Jays acquired relievers Zach Pop and Anthony Bass, along with a player to be named later, from the Miami Marlins in exchange for infield prospect Jordan Groshans, the teams announced Tuesday.

Pop, a native of Brampton, Ontario, made his major-league debut with the Marlins in 2021. The 25-year-old has put up a 3.60 ERA with only 14 strikeouts over 20 innings this season but owns a 2.82 FIP and has issued just two walks alongside a 63.1% ground-ball rate. Pop also comes with several years of team control, as he’s not eligible for arbitration until 2024.

“It’s pretty special to be able to go back home and see my family and to play for the Blue Jays,” Pop said, according to MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola.

“To be a part of what they’re doing over there is pretty amazing.”

Bass, 34, returns to the Blue Jays after pitching for them during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign. The 11-year veteran has been quietly dominant in the Marlins’ bullpen, sporting a 1.41 ERA, 2.06 FIP, and 0.94 WHIP with 45 strikeouts and 10 walks across 44 2/3 innings. Bass’ contract contains a $3-million club option for 2023, with a $1-million buyout.

The two righties add some much-needed depth and high-leverage arms to a Blue Jays bullpen that currently ranks 25th in total production, according to FanGraphs.

Baseball America ranked Groshans, the Blue Jays’ first-round pick in 2018, as their No. 3 prospect before the trade. The 22-year-old – a natural third baseman who’s also played shortstop, first base, and right field this year – has struggled in his first taste of Triple-A, hitting .250/.348/.296 with just one homer through 299 plate appearances with Buffalo.

To make room for Bass and Pop on the 40-man roster, Toronto designated left-hander Anthony Banda for assignment. Additionally, southpaw Andrew Vasquez was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies.

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