The Toronto Blue Jays created 40-man roster space by trading infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations Friday.
Torreyes, 22, had been playing for double-A New Hampshire, where he had a .140 batting average in 16 games with the Fisher Cats. The right-handed hitter had been acquired from the Houston Astros in May.
In parts of six minor league seasons, Torreyes has a .299/.353/.410 batting line with 18 home runs in 2,251 plate appearances. Most of his minor league career has been spent at second base, though he also has experience at shortstop and third base.
By removing Torreyes from the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays create room for an infielder such as Ramon Santiago or Jonathan Diaz. At present Toronto has an eight-man bullpen and no backup middle infielder — not a configuration they’re expected to keep for long.