Earlier in the winter I predicted that the Toronto Blue Jays would trade either an outfielder or first baseman/designated hitter in order to acquire more pitching depth. This prediction has somewhat come to fruition as they have traded away Ben Revere whom they acquired at the July 31 deadline. The former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder played well in his short time donning a Toronto uniform and produced well atop the Blue Jay lineup, setting up Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion to come up after him.
The Blue Jays send Revere from the capital city of the province of Ontario, to the capital city of the United States with a player to be named later, for reliever Drew Storen. At first glance this trade seems to sit well for Toronto, who has had a quiet offseason thus far. The Jays have a surplus in the outfield, which at the conclusion of last season contained Revere in left field, Kevin Pillar in center field, and Bautista in right field. Before the trade the Jays were heading into 2016 with Revere, Pillar, Bautista, also joined by MLB-ready prospect Dalton Pompey, and Michael Saunders ready to return from injury.
This outfield depth gave the Jays an area to pull from in order to acquire much needed relief pitching after losing Mark Lowe, LaTroy Hawkins, and others from the ‘pen. Storen possesses a 3.02 career ERA after six seasons in the MLB. He was a successful closer with the Nationals last season before they acquired Jonathan Papelbon midseason and demoted Storen to an eighth inning setup role. Revere is .295 career hitter who helps fill the void Denard Span left after signing with the San Francisco Giants earlier this week.
Revere will leave a void in the left field of Rogers Center, and his consistent batting atop the order and long range will be missed. However, the Jays do have both Saunders, and Pompey to fill their final outfield position and could definitely benefit from a productive arm in the relief corps.
Overall, the deal helps Washington boost their offense, specifically from the left side of the plate. They recently signed former postseason sensation Daniel Murphy, also a left-handed batter, who along with Revere provides a threat from the left side. Toronto gains a desperately-needed arm that will likely allow them to again experiment with Aaron Sanchez in the rotation and relieve Roberto Osuna from potential stress at a young age.