Left-hander Yoenis Cabrera, 27, has changed teams.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays announced on Wednesday (Nov. 22) that they have agreed to a trade of Cabrera for minor league catcher Sammy Hernandez, 19.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Cabrera has spent five seasons in the major leagues, posting a 13-11 record with a 4.14 ERA, 51 strikeouts and three saves in 174 games with St. Louis.
He was teammates with Kim Kwang-hyun from 2020 to 2021. He was at his best during this time. He was the team’s best pitcher, posting a 3.41 ERA in 90 games over two seasons.바카라사이트
Since then, it’s been downhill. This season has been shaky, with a 5.06 ERA, 1.563 WHIP, 1.7 home runs per nine innings, 5.1 walks and 10.7 strikeouts in 32 games.
He was claimed off waivers after being designated for assignment on Nov. 18, and the trade gives him a chance with a new team. He goes from a last-place team to a postseason contender.
Local media, including MLB.com, reported that he was unhappy with his recent decline in performance and the resulting reduction in his role.
After removing him from the 40-man roster, St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol appeared to acknowledge that it was time for Cabrera to move on, saying in an interview with local media, “I think it’s a good time for a change of scenery.”
Toronto currently has only one other lefty in the bullpen, Tim Mayza. This signing gives them more options.
They claimed right-hander Trent Thornton off waivers to make room for Cabrera on the 40-man roster.
Hernandez, who is headed to St. Louis, is a Puerto Rican native who was selected by the Blue Jays in the 14th round of the 2022 draft. In 42 games this season between the Blue Jays and Single-A Dunedin in the Florida Complex League (FCL), he was batting .213 with a .287 on-base percentage, .367 slugging percentage, three home runs and 15 strikeouts. In his new organization, he will join the FCL Cardinals at the rookie level.