Blue Jays Acquire Paul DeJong


Last night the Toronto Blue Jays dropped their series opener to the Baltimore Orioles 4-2. They now trail the Orioles by 6.5 games in the American League East and sit 2.5 games up on the Red Sox for the final Wild Card spot in the American League. Toronto suffered another tough loss when shortstop Bo Bichette left the game last night as he ran to second and stopped quickly, coming up limp as it appeared he injured his knee and would leave the game. Today the Blue Jays made a move that gives them some depth and can help them at shortstop if Bichette is out for a bit by adding Paul DeJong from the St. Louis Cardinals, he can play shortstop, and he can also play second base when/if Bichette comes back. The Blue Jays sent RHP Matt Svanson to the Cardinals to complete the trade; Svanson has a 1.11 ERA in 26 relief appearances this season between Single-A and High-A.

Paul DeJong By The Numbers

DeJong has played in 81 games for the Cardinals this season, going 65-279, and is slashing .233/.297/.412 with a .710 OPS. He has scored 38 runs, hit 11 doubles, 13 home runs, 32 RBI, and has a wRC+ of 96 for the Cardinals. Defensively this season, DeJong has played at shortstop every game he’s been in, playing 687.1 innings, recording 93 putouts, 196 assists, and turned 37 double plays; he has recorded only three errors this season.


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