Where did the Blue Jays get Merryweather From?
Merryweather was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on October 5, 2018, as the player to be named later in the Josh Donaldson trade.
Merryweather played with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League over the offseason and appeared in two minor league games in 2019.
Merryweather debuted in the majors against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 20, 2020. He made his major league debut on August 26, 2020.
Merryweather pitched in 13 games for the 2020 Toronto Blue Jays, posting a 0-0 record, 4.15 ERA, and 15 strikeouts in 13.0 innings.
Toronto had previously been expected to acquire Merryweather, according to several sources. Due to Merryweather’s injury and inability to clear waivers, Cleveland was unable to include him in the Aug. 31 trade with Toronto.
Tommy John’s surgery in the spring of 2018 ruled Merryweather out of the entire season, but he’s expected to return in time for the start of the new year.
During his full season, in 2017, Merryweather had a combined record of 7-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A and Triple-A.
Toronto designated infielder Jon Berti for assignment in order to free up a spot on the team’s 40-man roster.
A place in the Blue Jays rotation is likely to open up for Merryweather after he completes his protracted recuperation from surgery and is declared fit to do so by the team’s medical staff.