Blue Jays deal Grilli to Rangers

The Toronto Blue Jays dealt struggling reliever Jason Grilli to the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images North America

The Toronto Blue Jays dealt struggling reliever Jason Grilli to the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images North America

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO - In advance of their series finale against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays completed a trade that sent RHP Jason Grilli to the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league outfielder Eduard Pinto and cash considerations.

Pinto, 22, has slashed .309/.367/.390 over 398 games since signing with the Rangers as an amateur free agent in 2012.

Through 56 games with the high-A Down East Wood Ducks in 2017, the left-handed swinging native of Valencia, Venezuela has hit .311 with ten walks and four home runs over 191 plate appearances.

In addition to acquiring Pinto, the Blue Jays also dealt minor league outfielder Lane Thomas to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for international cap money on Sunday.

Also a 22-year-old outfielder, Thomas produced a slash line of .242/.321/.379 across 264 minor league games within the Blue Jays organization dating back to 2014.

Given Thomas' departure from Dunedin's lineup, it's likely that Pinto will replace him on the D-Jays roster in the coming days.

Grilli, 40, appeared in 26 games with the Blue Jays in 2017, posting an ERA of 6.97 to go along with 23 strikeouts and nine walks through 20 2/3 innings.

Designated for assignment on June 27, the veteran reliever will join a Rangers bullpen that boasts the fourth-highest ERA (4.67) in the American League this season.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.