Mar 26, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryan Borucki (56) throws a pitch in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
The Blue Jays made the difficult decision to designate Ryan Borucki for assignment earlier this week, and he was traded to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday in exchange for minor league infielder Tyler Keenan.
The Blue Jays received a pretty small return, but that’s to be expected for a couple of reasons. First, they had zero leverage in any trade discussions because other teams knew that Borucki had to be traded or the Jays would risk losing him for nothing. Secondly, Borucki just hasn’t been very good.
It’s a shame, because despite the fact that Borucki has struggled to stay healthy and on the mound throughout his career, he has a lot of talent in that left arm of his. Southpaws that can throw in the mid to upper nineties don’t grow on trees, which is why the Blue Jays gave him such a long leash in hopes that he could put everything together.