Lefties on the Move to Other Teams: Minor to A's, Ray to Blue Jays

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Lefties on the Move to Other Teams: Minor to A’s, Ray to Blue Jays

Chicago Cubs

A couple lefty trades to update you on, neither of which necessarily implicates the market for the Cubs’ efforts to pick up a lefty today.

After years of rumors, Robbie Ray has finally been traded:

He’s been terrible this year and vexing for a long time (talent and peripherals never matching production), so he’s gonna be a really interesting buy-low type in free agency this year. Wonder if he turns it around a bit with the Blue Jays to close out the season. I presume he’ll be a starter there.

As a lefty relief option, Ray wouldn’t have made a lot of sense for the Cubs, because you would have no idea if you were going to get any kind of useful production. Let’s revisit him in the offseason.

Meanwhile, the A’s get a quality lefty starter from a division rival:

Although Minor was briefly a dominant reliever before signing with the Rangers a few years ago (remember that?), he wanted to start, and he justified the Rangers’ decision on that front.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.