MLB Trades: Esmil Rogers Trade Fulfills Toronto Blue Jays' Offseason Need
This year, the Toronto Blue Jays' wishlist included things like another left-handed power bat, an arm or two for their starting rotation and another reliever for the bullpen.
Well, yesterday the Jays managed to scratch one of those priorities off of their list when they dealt the newly-acquired Mike Aviles and prospect Yan Gomes to the Cleveland Indians for 27-year-old reliever Esmil Rogers.
Aviles was part of the Blue Jays for just over a week after he came to Toronto in a swap that saw Jays manager John Farrell head the other way (along with a lower-level pitching prospect).
As for Esmil Rogers, Alex Anthopoulos may end up looking like a genius for making this move.
For starters, all Anthopoulos gave up was a player who never ended up putting on a Jays uniform and a prospect that just had no place with the Jays, thanks to organizational depth at every position he played.
In return, the Blue Jays picked up another arm for their bullpen in Rogers, who seems like a buy-low, sell-high kind of deal.
Rogers' career ERA is a whopping 5.95.
In fact, if it weren't for his post-trade performance in Cleveland this season, it's likely that it would be even higher. In his time with the Colorado Rockies, Rogers struggled to post an ERA lower than 6.00.
His move to Cleveland, however, gave baseball followers a cause for hope.
Did the Jays make the right move acquiring Rogers?
In 44 games this season with Cleveland, Rogers posted a sparkling 3.06 ERA, with a WHIP of just 1.11.
His strikeouts per nine innings also spiked in 2012, reaching 9.50, up from 6.83 in 2011.
2012 was also his best year in terms of leaving hitters on base. This season, Rogers left over 70 percent of runners stranded.
Another indicator that Rogers could be a valuable addition to the Jays bullpen is his fastball velocity.
For the first time in his career, Rogers' fastball averaged out at over 95 MPH. His slider also averaged out at 85.5 MPH, another career high for the 6'1" Dominican hurler.
After breaking down his career, it appears as though Esmil Rogers is trending in the right direction, meaning this could be a real steal by a savvy Blue Jays general manager.
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