Blue Jays acquire Twins ace Jose Berrios at MLB trade deadline

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By , WEEI 93.7

The Twins knew that after Max Scherzer, the hottest commodity at the trade deadline would be their own starting pitcher, Jose Berrios. So, they waited until Scherzer landed with the Dodgers before making any move.

The patience appears to have paid off.

As was first reported by The Athletic, the Blue Jays have won the services of the 27-year-old righty, getting Berrios from the Twins in exchange for top minor-league shortstop prospect Austin Martin (the No. 5 overall pick from the 2020 MLB Draft) and minor-league pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson.

According to MLB Pipeline, Martin ranked as the Blue Jays' second overall prospect, and No. 16 in the site's Top 100. Woods-Richardson was No. 4 on Toronto's prospect list.

The price tag for Berrios was so steep due to his age, steady performance over the past few seasons -- he is currently 7-5 with a 3.48 in 20 starts in 2021 -- and a contract that has him under team control through 2023.

The Blue Jays, who enter Friday 4 1/2 games out of a Wild Card spot and 9 1/2 behind the Red Sox in the American League East, now boast a starting rotation of Hyung Jin Ryu, Robbie Ray, Steven Matz, Berrios and top prospect Alek Manoah.

The Red Sox were one of the teams in the mix for Berrios.

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