With closer Jordan Romano headed to the 15-day injured list with a sore back, the Toronto Blue Jays are bringing in flame-throwing reliever Jordan Hicks from the Cardinals.
If it wasn’t already known, the Blue Jays announced themselves as playoff contenders on Sunday by acquiring one of the most sought-after arms on the trade market.
Hicks, 26, is known as one of the hardest throwers in the MLB and provides Toronto much-needed bullpen depth as they navigate through the toughest division in baseball.
|Blue Jays get||RHP Jordan Hicks|
|Cardinals get||RHP Adam Kloffenstein, RHP Sem Robberse|
The Blue Jays currently sit in third place in the AL East with a 59-47 record. They are 5.5 games back of the Baltimore Orioles and sit 2.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the second AL Wild Card slot.
Toronto is -330 to make the playoffs and +250 to miss out.
Think this move can help Jays can go all the way? They are seventh-favourite to win the World Series at +1400.
Odds subject to change. Odds correct as of 7/31/23.
The acquisition of Hicks comes of the back of the Blue Jays losing All-Star closer Jordan Romano for a minimum of two weeks. Romano was placed on the 15-day IL with back soreness, a recurring issue since he left the All-Star Game with discomfort on July 11.
Hicks posted a treacherous start to the season, allowing six runs and seven walks across his first four appearances, which are staggeringly poor numbers for a relief pitcher. In 36 outings since, the 26-year-old has allowed just 11 earned runs while striking out 55, proving again he can be an elite relief arm for a contending team.
Hicks’ bread and butter is his fastball.
Per Baseball Savant, Hicks throws his fastball on 70 percent of all pitches with at a 101 MPH average. He ranks in the top percentile in the MLB for fastball velocity.