The Toronto Blue Jays continue their Trade Deadline dominance.
According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, Toronto has made a move for Seattle Mariners Pitcher Mark Lowe, trading three minor-league left-handed Pitchers the other way. Those three lefties are Class-A Pitcher Nick Wells, Jake Brentz and Rob Rasmussen.
Lowe might not create the buzz that David Price did when he went to the Jays, but Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos is after Lowe because he’s in the midst of an astounding season. Lowe has an inconceivable 1.00 ERA with an extremely low 2.8 BB/9, a 11.8 K/9, and a 36.5 percent ground-ball rate in 36 innings for Seattle this season. Lowe also has a fastball around 95 mph, which is some of the best heat he’s shown since the 2011 season.
Lowe can be a valuable pitcher for the Jays who won’t require a huge financial commitment. Lowe signed signed a minor league deal this winter with Seattle, so Anthopoulos knows he can get a quality pitcher on the cheap. He’s logged well over the necessary six years of big league service required to qualify for free agency at season’s end.
Toronto is only six games back of the New York Yankees in the American League East division, so this trade might make Lowe only a temporary Blue Jay, but it might help propel the Jays to first place.
Seattle gets some long-term projects in Wells, Brentz, and Rasmussen, but at 12 games back of first place in the American League West, Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik will be most grateful for three quality lefties who can help his club now.
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Peter Elliott writes about the NFL and MLB for Talking Baws.