The Blue Jays are 10 1/2 games behind the Orioles in the AL East and five out in the wild-card race, so the deal is as much for 2015-16 as it is for this season.
Gustavo Pierre, 3b
Pierre signed for $700,000 as a 16-year-old in 2008 and had ranked among the most gifted defenders in the Toronto organization earlier in his career. He moves well at shortstop, is athletic enough to play second and third and has a cannon for an arm. At the plate, however, he’s too aggressive—evidenced by a 101/12 strikeout/walk ratio—but has good bat speed and has a solid frame that leads scouts to project average or better power. But his inability to make consistent contact—he struck out 128 times and walked just four times in 432 plate appearances in 2013—has hampered his prospect stock.
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BLUE JAYS ACQUIRE
John Mayberry Jr., 1b/of
Age: 30 Bats: R
The Jays control the 30-year-old Mayberry for two more seasons and are looking at him as a batter to do damage against lefthanders, against who he has a career .856 OPS. Toronto has Edwin Encarnacion at first base, so Mayberry will see time in the outfield or at DH.
Mayberry, whose father John Sr. played for Toronto from 1978-82, has been on the disabled list with wrist inflammation since July 20, but he is expected to join the Jays for their series in Tampa Bay, which begins Tuesday.
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