Few players in Sedona Red have been connected to more trade rumors over the past few seasons than starting pitcher Robbie Ray. This trade deadline has been no different, with Ray likely the most-discussed Diamondback in terms of potentially being traded. But it appears that the theoretical has now become fact, with Robbie being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays [or, as I suppose we should be calling them these days, the Toronto Blue Jays of Buffalo...] According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, left-handed pitcher Travis Bergen is the return, with the D-backs also sending $300K to the Jays, per Nick Piecoro.
Ray’s time with Arizona was a frustrating mix of brilliance and incompetence. There were times when he was nearly unhittable, but he could go from that to being unable to find the strikezone in the blink of an eye. Over his 147 starts, Ray went 47-46, with an ERA of 4.11 (ERA+ 107), but had really struggled this season. In his 31 innings for the D-backs, Robbie had allowed 31 hits AND 31 walks, albeit with 43 strikeouts, a career-high rate. He was due to be a free agent at the end of the year, and it appears the team decided it was better to get something for him now, rather than have to make an expensive qualifying offer.
Given Toronto will get barely a handful of starts from Ray, and the struggles mentioned above, the return is unsurprisingly light. Bergen does give the team another left-handed option out of the bullpen, and is under team control for a long while, having only made his debut last season. However, the results for the 26-year-old have not been great to date, with a 5.06 ERA over 21.1 innings, and his FIP is slightly higher, with a K:BB of 21:10.