BREAKING : Blue Jays Trade Teoscar Hernandez


The Toronto Blue Jays have made the first big splash of the offseason, trading All-Star slugger Teoscar Hernandez to the Seattle Mariners. 

In exchange, Toronto receives reliever Erik Swanson and left-handed pitching prospect Adam Macko. 

Hernandez was heading into his contract year, with free agency looming after the 2023 season. The Blue Jays are obviously heading that off with this deal, signalling that they would not have been prepared to meet his price in free agency. He was expected to earn about $14M this coming season through arbitration.

Teo was a fan favorite and a clubhouse favorite in Toronto, and he will be missed greatly, particularly by the likes of Vladimir Geurrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, who have both grown up in the big leagues with the 30-year-old Hernandez acting as a sort of big brother. 

The Mariners get a big run-producing power bat for the middle of their order. Hernandez made his first All-Star appearance in 2021 after hitting .296 with 32 HR and 116 RBIs. This past year, he hit .267 with 25 HR. 

The 28-year-old Swanson was a top-notch reliever last season for the Mariners, striking out 11.7 batters per nine innings, while posting a 1.68 ERA in 53.2 innings. He had a 70:10 K/BB ratio.
Macko is a 21-year-old lefty in High-A ball. He was Seattle's No. 8 prospect. He actually went to high school in Canada (Alberta), though he was born in Slovakia.

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