Examining the Shapiro Era Trades, Part one: The Wins

Have you ever wondered how the Jays fared on the 105 trades they’ve made since the Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins regime took over?

Well, I ran a Twitter thread detailing every single trade from November 20th, 2015 to the most recent trade on August 31st, 2022. Here are the interesting results.
This will be a three-part series, and we’ll focus on the trades which were voted as wins, per voters. Just a note, I didn’t include super minor trades, like Gio Urshela for cash.
Jason Grilli trade (2016):
The Jays traded prospect Sean Ratcliffe for 39-year-old reliever Jason Grilli. Seems like a minor trade, no? Well, Grilli was absolute nails for the Jays in the postseason push, posting a 3.64 ERA and a 4.29 FIP in 42 innings pitched.
Used primarily as their setup man, Grilli, who again, was 39 years old, exceeded expectations and delivered for the Jays. Ratcliffe, a Canadian, never reached above short season A ball and has been out of affiliate ball since 2016.
The Jays traded Grilli to Texas in 2017 after struggling to start the year. Grilli retired at the end of the season, while Eduard Pinto never played an MLB game.

Toronto robs Pittsburgh blind (2016):
The Jays traded struggling sixth starter Drew Hutchison to Pittsburgh for Francisco Liriano, Reese McGuire, and Harold Ramirez.
Hutchison has only pitched in 169.1 innings since the 2016 season, posting a 4.78 ERA and 5.23 FIP. Thankfully, he sp …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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