Matt Chapman trade: Toronto Blue Jays get third baseman as Oakland sale continues

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Shortly after the MLB lockdown ended, Auckland Athletics I proceeded to sell the fire. And it continued on Wednesday with another massive movement. Auckland has reached an agreement with Toronto Blue Jays In a deal you will send all three stars to the baseman Matt Chapman north border, Announced the difference. In return, Auckland will receive a four-player prospect package that includes Gunnar Hoglund, a 2021 first-round pick.

Here’s the full deal (The scores for both teams can be found here):

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Auckland acquires

  • INF Kevin Smith
  • RHB Gunnar Hoglund
  • LHP Zach Logue
  • LHP Kirby Snead

At Chapman, the Blue Jays earn one of the top third-ranked defensive tackle in baseball with great power to climb. He hit .210/.314/.403 (100 OPS+) with 15 doubles, three triples, 27 Homers, 72 RBIs, 75 points and 3.5 WAR last season. It’s been a very disappointing season from an offensive standpoint, but there is plenty of potential left there for the 28-year-old. In 2019, he hit 36 ​​and drove home 91 while practicing 127 OPS+ and a strong 7.7 WAR, the latter was good for fourth in the AL among center players and helped get Chapman into sixth place in the AL MVP vote.

A three-time Gold Glover is clearly slipping as the Blue Jays’ third daily baseman. Bo Bechet It is settled in the shortstop as is Vladimir GuerreroSon, at first. it’s possible Kavan Biggio (Hits left-handed) and Santiago Espinal (Right) A platoon is at second base now with Chapman in battle.

Blue Jays lost a ton of offensive production from Marcus Simin Hit free agency, but George Springer She only played 78 games last season and now Chapman’s addition is expected to make up for that as well.

A’s has already seen several major players leave via free agency, but now deals are highlighting the demolition. In the biggest step they Charging first man base Matt Olson to me Atlanta Bravesand effectively judge the world championship champions last season of the lottery legend of the franchise Freddy Freeman. They also exchanged the starting pitcher from All-Star Chris Bassett to me mets Rumors spread about dealing with fellow juniors Frankie Montas And the Shawn Mind Together with the player Ramon Lauriano.

In view of Anthony Rizzo Re-sign with Yankees And the Blue Jays get Chapman, the race for Freeman drops to raysAnd the red socksAnd the Padres And the DodgersAccording to Bowden.

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