Blue Jays obtain two relievers from Miami at MLB trade deadline

The Toronto Blue Jays have completed their first deal, hours before the MLB trade deadline.

The Jays are sending top shortstop prospect Jordan Groshans to Miami in exchange for pitchers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop, and a player to be named. Both are right-handed relievers, with Pop from Brampton.

Bass, 34, has a 2-3 record with 1.41 ERA this year in 45 games, and should help the Jays in high-leverage situations along with closer Jordan Romano, Yimi Garcia and Adam Cimber.

Bass spent 2020 with Toronto, notching seven saves while posting a 3.51 ERA in the pandemic-shortened season.

Pop, 25, is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 18 games this year.

Groshans was the No. 4 prospect in the Jays system but his path to the major leagues was blocked by incumbent Bo Bichette. He was the No. 12 pick overall in the 2016 draft.

To make room on the roster, left-hander Anthony Banda has been designated for assignment.

The Jays also announced that left-hander Andrew Vasquez has been claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies.

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By Jon Doe