The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired RHP Tom Koehler and cash from the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP prospect Osman Gutierrez.
The Blue Jays are in need of a starter. Koehler has been a solid 5th starter over the course of his career, but is having a terrible 2017. If he succeeds with Toronto, the Blue Jays could extend him. He is arbitration eligible after this year. They also don\’t really give up anything.
Koehler, 31, has a 7.92 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 55.2 innings this year for Miami. In his six year MLB career, all for the Marlins, Koehler has a 4.43 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 586 strikeouts in 767.1 innings.
The Marlins, who are having a terrible year, are just at the start of a fire-sale. All of their team has trade rumors surrounding them. Koehler is having a terrible year, and there is no need for him. The prospect they get, Gutierrez, is also having a terrible year, but at least he\’s younger. Plus, they get some salary off them.
Gutierrez, 22, has a 7.35 ERA, 1.81 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 78 innings at Lansing (Single-A) this year. In his minor league career, Gutierrez has a 4.88 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 237 strikeouts in 262 innings.
I think the Jays win this deal. They get a terrible major leaguer for a terrible minor leaguer, so it isn\’t a big deal for either team.