The St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays made a trade on Friday, as St. Louis dealt young outfielder Randal Grichuk to Toronto in exchange for right-handed pitchers Dominic Leone and Conner Greene.
This is the second time this offseason that the Cardinals and Blue Jays have made a swap. On December 1, the Cardinals traded shortstop Aledmys Diaz in exchange for Minor League outfielder J.B. Woodman.
Grichuk, 26, has been a member of the Cardinals since making his Major League debut in 2014, making 110 at-bats that year. In the three years since, he’s averaged 119 games, 21 homers, and 58 RBIs per season, while hitting .249.
Leone, 26, had an impressive 2017 for the Jays. In 65 games, he struck out 10.36 hitters-per-nine while posting a 2.56 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and .202 BAA, all while regaining the dominance he had in 2014 as a rookie for the Seattle Mariners.
Greene, 22, spent 2017 for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats- Toronto’s double-A affiliate- and went 5-10 with a 5.29 ERA in 26 games (25 starts). According to MLB.com’s David Adler per MLB Pipeline, Greene was ranked as the Blue Jays’ #11 prospect.
Grichuk essentially replaces Jose Bautista as the team’s everyday right fielder. Bautista, 37, is currently a free agent, and is not expected to re-sign with Toronto, after hitting a woeful .203 in 587 at-bats in 2017.