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Blue Jays acquire Brett Wallace from Orioles

Jul 14, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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Looking for some organizational depth amid the injuries to Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind, the Blue Jays have acquired Brett Wallace from the Orioles for cash considerations. The former top prospect has been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.

This will actually be Wallace’s second stint with the Blue Jays. The first time was when he was still a highly-regarded prospect, as he was acquired from the Athletics in December of 2009 for Michael Taylor before being moved to the Astros for Anthony Gose in July of 2010. Things have never panned out for Wallace in the majors, with a lousy .242/.313/.391 batting line over 1,077 plate appearances.

Wallace was released by the Astros at the end of spring training before latching on with the Orioles. Now 27 years old, he was batting .265/.329/.389 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI over 90 games this season with Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate.

  1. ereed1286 - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Remember that John Mozeliak traded Wallace to get Matt Holliday.

    Luck or Ingenuity?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      More like “two-month rentals from bad teams don’t have high price tags.” Holliday’s value was also somewhat depressed by him having his worst season in years and the (erroneous) belief that hitters don’t do well after leaving Coors.

      That said, Wallace was more than holding his own in AA/AAA at a really young age.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    The Jays needed a first baseman in Buffalo and obviously Wallace was available. Do not expect him to play in Toronto.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      oh he’ll be there.

      just you wait

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        Both Encarnacion and Lind should return from the DL before the end of the month. Bautista can also play first base if necessary.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        @Canadian: I read, on this very site, last week, that Lind could be out up to 2 months. Want to recalculate?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:10 AM

        The latest news on Lind was 2 to 3 weeks and that was a few days ago.

  3. sophiethegreatdane - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    “Cash considerations”? What, the Duke wants the Jays to stock all the soda machines at Camden Yards? 😀

    • mmeyer3387 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Best wishes towards a speedy recovery for Encarnacion and Lind. However, this does come from unlikely source; an Orioles fan that is also a baseball fan in general. That being said, I wish to see them both healthy again.

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