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Blue Jays trade Otto López to the Giants for cash considerations

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Ryley Delaney
2 months ago
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a transaction.
As you may recall, the Blue Jays designated long-time prospect Otto López for assignment on Friday. Well, the Blue Jays traded the 25-year-old utility player to the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations.
Once a top 10 prospect in the organization, López struggled in Triple-A during the 2023 season, slashing just .258/.313/.343 with two home runs in 346 plate appearances, along with a 6.6 BB% and a 15.9 K%. This was a significant downgrade from his 2022 season in Buffalo, where he slashed .297/.378/.415 with three homers in 391 plate appearances.
Now, López battled injuries and even landed on the 60-day injured list despite not playing a game for the Jays in 2023. He did, however, play several games for the Jays in 2022, slashing .667/.700/.667 in 10 plate appearances, along with six singles and three RBIs.
Despite the rough 2023 season, there’s still hope for the Dominican-born utility player, as he returned to the Dominican Republic and slashed .310/.351/.483 with two home runs in 94 plate appearances with the Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League (LIDOM).
The trade comes on the heels of a significant move for the Giants, as they signed designated hitter Jorge Soler in the wee hours of the morning according to Susan Slusser. Soler signed a three-year deal worth $42 million.
It seemed as if the Giants and the Blue Jays seemed like potential trading partners for major league players as well, as the Jays have a surplus of infielders, a need of the Giants, while San Francisco has a surplus of outfielders, especially with the signing of Soler.
Unfortunately, those rumours may have been stopped dead in their tracks, as López is ready for a major league opportunity, but was just blocked by tons of Blue Jays infielders.
We here at Blue Jays Nation wish nothing but the best for López, and hopefully he can help the Giants in the future.

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