The Washington Post‘s Jesse Dougherty first reported the trade, which sends Washington’s top reliever to Toronto before Max Scherzer takes the mound in what might be his final start for the franchise.
In exchange for the 31-year-old reliever, Washington will receive Blue Jays catching prospect Riley Adams. The 25-year-old is slashing .239/.371/.487 this season for Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate with 17 RBI and 20 runs scored in 35 games.
Return from Jays is Riley Adams, a 25-year-old catcher, per person familiar.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 29, 2021
Hand, owed less than half of his remaining $10.5 million salary, could function as the Blue Jays’ closer. Jordan Romano has held down the role as of late, converting 8-of-9 save opportunities with a 2.29 ERA.
With the trade deadline set for Friday, the Blue Jays likely aren’t done adding. Several games out in the race for an AL Wild Card spot, Toronto will turn its focus towards strengthening its rotation and potentially adding another bat.