Toronto Blue Jay outfielder Brandon Morrow and outfielder Andrew Benitisson were acquired in three trades on Wednesday night, Toronto Sportsnet reported.
Benitiss, who was hitting .290 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 54 games with the Blue Jays, and Morrow, who played for Toronto last season, were traded to the Cleveland Indians for reliever Josh Stairs, infielder Mike Napoli, outfielder Matt Stair and infielder Kyle Lohse.
“We’re extremely excited to add Brandon and Andrew to our club, which we have in a great position heading into the season,” Blue Jays president of baseball operations Jair Jurczyk said in a statement.
“They bring tremendous depth and versatility, as well as experience.
I look forward to working with both of them, both on and off the field.”
Benitises trade will see the Blue Jay add a pitcher in the next couple of weeks to add some innings to their rotation, which has a very thin bullpen.
The Blue Jays also added reliever Josh Fields in the deal, as the 29-year-old is a free agent after this season.
The Toronto native hit .270 with 17 homers and 41 RBIs for the Blue Jays last season after posting a career-best 11 homers and 35 RBIs last season.
“Brandon and Andrew have both played a big part in our club’s success in recent years and we’re thrilled they are headed to Toronto,” Jays president and GM Dan Duquette said in the statement.
Toronto’s lineup is expected to be bolstered with the addition of Benitisen and Stairs to the team’s lineup.