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Jays trade Kevin Pillar to the Giants

Just five games into the season, the Blue Jays have sent CF Kevin Pillar to the San Fransisco Giants in exchange for three players.

The three players will be pitching prospect Juan DePaula, infielder Alen Hanson and pitcher Derek Law.

Hanson most likely will join the team in Toronto, the three-year major leaguer has appeared in a total of 243 games with the Giants, White Sox and Pirates. During that span, he slashed .238/.269/.384. But more importantly, in 110 games with the Giants last season hit .252 with a .699 OPS.

Another player that might, or might not, be with the Jays is pitcher Derek Law. The 28-year-old has pitched a total of 105.2 innings with the Giants over three years — posting a 3.83 ERA with a 1.287 WHIP.

The youngest player involved in the trade, 21-year-old Juan De Paula, most recently played in single-A and low-A in 2018. In 52.1 innings across the two leagues, he had an ERA of 1.72 and a strikeout rate of 9.5 per nine innings.

Rumours swirled earlier before the Jays sent Kendrys Morales to the Oakland A’s, but the two teams resurfaced their talks earlier today and finished the trade Tuesday morning.

One key aspect is that after the Rowdy Tellez/Anthony Alford confusion around opening day, Alford stuck around in Toronto which might mean he’ll be added to the roster soon. But with the addition of Hanson, Alford’s luck might have run out as well.

Pillar played a total of 695 games with the Jays, finishing with a .260/.297/.396 slash line.

Another signal of an increasingly larger rebuild, the trade of the Jays’ current longest-tenured player and fan favourite will be eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.

  • Treylum

    Been tooting the trade Pillar horn for a few years now before his value dropped. Lottery pitching prospect and more depth. Mediocre return, but not bad. He will be missed but glad they were able to get something for him and opens up playing time for some of the kids.

  • The Humungus

    DePaula could be a find. He was signed by Seattle, went to the Yankees in the Ben Gamel deal and then to San Fran for McCutcheon last year.

    6’3, mid-upper 90’s (only threw high 80’s when he was signed in 2014). Still walks to many guys, but was in the Sally League last year at 20, which is pretty decent (average age in the Sally League was nearly 22 last season).

    I’m ok with this trade.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    The fact that the Jays got “something” for a breaking down, below average offensive player with slipping defence is astonishing. Pumped to see Alford get a shot.

  • Barry

    He was overvalued by fans who fetishize defence, but you have to give Pillar props. In terms of skill, he had his limitations, but he got all he could out of what skills he had and his effort and athleticism squeezed every bit of value out of him that they could. He’s not a guy whose skillset will carry him into his mid-to-late thirties, but sheer effort has given him a longer career than one might have expected.

    • The Humungus

      Good call. A damn 32nd round pick shouldn’t put up at least 15 WAR and play at least 7 seasons of major league baseball.

      As frustrating to watch as he was at times (on Saturday, when he came up with the bases loaded and I said out loud that he would swing at every pitch; he did so with gusto), he was an important part of both playoff teams by playing Gold Glove quality CF. Not bad for a “bat first corner OF” who was a late round flier from a division 2 school on draft day.