Toronto Blue Jays: 3 players they should have traded for at the trade deadline

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 04: David Peralta #6 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 04, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 04: David Peralta #6 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 04, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /
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Jake Diekman, White Sox, Blue Jays
CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 02: Jake Diekman #55 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 2, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

2) Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman

The Red Sox were both in and out at the trade deadline and one of the players they traded away was reliever Jake Diekman … to another team that is currently on the outside looking in in the Toronto Blue Jays. He would address yet another handed issue for the Blue Jays: they have no left-handed relievers.

On the season, Diekman, 35, has made 49 appearances with a 4.22 ERA (102 ERA+). He is striking out 12 batters per nine innings. His walk rate is too high (6.8 BB/9) but in his last 10 appearances (nine innings), he has walked four batters, which is a much more palatable number.

Lefties are also only hitting .193 with a .664 OPS against him this year. The Blue Jays’ bullpen has a slash line against them of .238/.297/.391 against lefties. That is 19th, 6th, and 13th best in the sport. Especially in the average and slugging percentage department, they could use some help and Diekman could have helped them out there.