The Toronto Blue Jays acquired flamethrowing reliever Jordan Hicks from the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, reinforcing their bullpen the day after they placed closer Jordan Romano on the injured list.
The 26-year old Hicks, one of the most sought-after bullpen arms on the trade market, In 41⅔ innings, he has struck out 59 and allowed just two home runs while saving eight games.
In return for Hicks, the Blue Jays will send a pair of minor league right-handers to St. Louis: 21-year-old Sem Robberse and 22-year-old Adam Kloffenstein, both at Double-A. Robberse was ranked the 10th best prospect in Toronto’s system by ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel before the season.
The Cardinals, who won 3-0 over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, are high sellers after heading into August in last place in the National League Central. It was the first of two moves the team made on Sunday in regards to pitching, and potentially, far from the last.