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Report: Blue Jays to acquire Twins SP Jose Berrios [UPDATE]

Toronto is expected to land Minnesota’s ace before the deadline at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

Jose Berrios of the Minnesota Twins pitches in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field on July 24, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Minnesota Twins SP Jose Berrios, Ken Rosenthal reported Friday afternoon. The rest of the teams in the AL East appeared to be the competition for Berrios. The Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees were all vying for the services of the Twins ace. Minnesota reportedly likes the Blue Jays farm system the best. Rosenthal confirms Berrios is headed to Toronto.

Berrios has had an above-average season despite not making the All-Star team in the AL. He’s got a 3.48 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 126 strikeouts over 121.2 IP in 2021. The Blue Jays needed to add another quality starter to their rotation with youngster Alek Manoah on the injured list and the back-end of the rotation struggling (Ross Stripling, Steven Matz). The Twins are expected to get multiple prospects in return for Berrios, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

One of those pieces going back to the Twins is highly-coveted prospect Austin Martin, who is ranked 16th on MLB.com’s top 100 prospects this year. Martin can play the infield and outfield, and could be ready to contribute at the next level as soon as next season. The other prospect is RHP Simeon Woods Richardson, who ranked 4th in the Blue Jays system. So the Jays gave up their 2nd and 4th-ranked prospects or Berrios, who is arbitration eligible next season and can become an UFA in 2023.