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Did the Jays get fleeced at trade deadline?


So, the Major League Baseball trade deadline came and went and the Toronto Blue Jays got hosed once again.
The Jays sent starter Aaron Sanchez, reliever Joe Biagini and outfield prospect Cal Stevenson to the Houston Astros in exchange for another outfield prospect, Derek Fisher.
Yes, Sanchez has struggled this season, but he had been pitching well in his last three or four starts and appeared to be turning his season around.
Biagini, meanwhile, has reestablished himself as a quality reliever after an aborted attempt to turn him into a starter and was one of Toronto’s top relievers.
Then the Jays added Stevenson, a 22-year-old with a bright future.
The outfielder was drafted in the 36th round of the 2016 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but never signed an reentered the draft two years later where he was selected by the Jays in the 10th round.
Stevenson was having a good year with Dunedin, Toronto’s high A affiliate, batting .298, with five home runs and 50 runs-batted-in.
Through five seasons of minor ball, Stevenson hit a career .318 with 194 RBIs and 83 stolen bases. He showed potential.
Fisher, on the other hand, has struggled at the Major League level, failing to crack the Houston lineup on a regular basis.
In six seasons in the minors, he put together a .279 average and showed some pop with 90 dingers.
But through 316 plate appearances in the Majors, Fisher is batting just .202.
And he didn’t really provide much inspiration on Saturday when he missed a fly ball, which hit him in the face, sending him to the hospital.
And it didn’t help when Sanchez and Biagini combined with two other pitchers to no-hit Seattle in their debuts with Houston, the same day.
The Jays front office have liked Fisher for a long time, which is fine.
But a three-for-one deal to acquire the soon-to-be-26-year-old tells me the Jays gave up too much for a player who has yet to live up to his Major League potential.
Speaking of Biagini, I love his interviews.
He is a guy who has no love for clichés and always comes up with something original, which is great when you consider he is a little off the wall.
After he helped Houston no-hit Seattle on Saturday, Biagini quipped in a post-game interview, “Yeah, I was thinking they might just trade me again. They got what they needed.”
Not your usual response, but pretty typical of Biagini.
He also joked about having to do all the post-games interviews after the team wins, something that didn’t happen much with the Jays.
At the press conference where he and Houston’s other trade deadline acquisitions were introduced to the media, Biagini pulled out his cell phone and said, “since you guys are taking so many pictures, I’m going to take a picture of you guys.”
When it comes to interviews, Joe Biagini is a breath of fresh air in a world of clichés.
As much as I dislike the Jays front office, I will give them credit.
General manager Ross Atkins and staff have built a strong nucleus of good, young talent, many of whom are now showing off their skills at the Major League level.
Last year, it was Lourdes Gurriel Jr. This year, the youth movement started with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., then Cavan Biggio was added to the mix and now Bo Bichette is wowing fans with his bat.
Now if Atkins and company can build a pitching staff to complement the young sluggers, maybe fans can start looking forward to the future.

Doug Zywina