The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired first baseman Brett Wallace from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations. The deal was reported by David Hall of the Virginian Pilot and the return for the Orioles was reported by Roch Kubatko of MASN. This is not the first time the Blue Jays have had Wallace in their organization, as they had acquired him from the Oakland Athletics at the end of 2009. At the trade deadline in 2010, Toronto dealt him to the Houston Astros.
Wallace was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008 as the thirteenth overall pick. He was included in a numerous amount of trades early in his career. He was included in deals involving Matt Holliday and Roy Halladay, all within six months in 2009. Those trades brought him from the Cards to Oakland, Toronto and Houston. In 2010, he made his major league debut with them.
Brett Wallace will be heading to Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, where he will serve as depth to the organization. The Blue Jays are currently dealing with a couple injuries to their lineup. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion and designated hitter Adam Lind are both currently sidelined on the disabled list with injuries. This move provides Toronto with added insurance down the line in case someone else also goes down with an injury.
In his four-year major league career, Wallace has registered .242/.313/.391 hitting slashes, along with 29 home runs and 102 runs batted in. He hit 13 of those home runs last season with Houston.