Blue Jays reportedly considering Trevor Williams, Chad Kuhl

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The Blue Jays claimed another victory on Monday, beating the Rays by a 6-4 count to improve to 14-13 almost midway through the season. Few expected the Blue Jays to push for a playoff berth this season, but they’re only two games away from the wild card position in the American League. One week before the trade expires, Toronto could become a buyer. Indeed, general manager Ross Atkins said last week that the Jays are aiming to improve their rotation, and MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reports that the team are “considering” a pair of right-handed Pirates in Trevor Williams and Chad Kuhl.Toronto’s rotation has been hit several times in recent days, comme Nate Pearson, Matt Shoemaker and Trent Thornton went on the injured list. Therefore, Hyun Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark and Chase Anderson are the only sure things in the club’s rotation, although Ryu is the only member of the trio who has offered a mix of solid production and encouraging peripherals so far this season.

In Williams or Kuhl, the Blue Jays would land a howler capable of contributing to their rotation beyond this season. Both are controllable for several years, but Williams is the more proven of the pair. The 28-year-old was a solid starter for the 2017-18 Pirates before falling last year, when he recorded 145 2/3 innings of 5.38 ERA / 5.12 FIP ball but appears to be in the middle of a rebound campaign. Williams made five starts in 2020 and posted 24 1/3 innings of 3.70 ERA / 4.21 FIP with 8.51 K / 9 and 2.96 BB / 9. He has a prorated salary of 2.825 million dollars this year and has two more seasons eligible for officiating.

Kuhl is also two years after 2020, although he currently earns a cheaper salary than Williams (prorated $ 840,000). The 27-year-old has got off to a good start this season after missing all of 2019 following Tommy John’s surgery. Kuhl made five appearances (three starts) at the start, averaging 94 mph on his fastball and recording an ERA of 2.84 / 4.98 FIP with 9.0 K / 9 and 3 , 32 BB / 9 in 19 rounds.

Neither Williams nor Kuhl would be commanding loot for the Pirates, who are way out of playoff dispensation. As Morosi notes, however, the Blue Jays could make a logical trading partner due to first-year Bucs general manager Ben Cherington’s familiarity with the Toronto farming system. Prior to taking control of the Pirates, Cherington was part of the Jays front office.

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