Blue Jays acquire DeJong from Cardinals

Blue Jays acquire DeJong from Cardinals

The Toronto Blue Jays are acquiring shortstop Paul DeJong and cash from the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Matt Svanson, the club announced Tuesday.

The Blue Jays designated outfielder Jordan Luplow for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

DeJong is slashing .233/.297/.412 with 13 home runs and 32 RBIs across 81 games for the Cardinals this season.

Blue Jays All-Star shortstop Bo Bichette exited Monday’s contest against the Baltimore Orioles with right knee discomfort.

This is the third trade between the Blue Jays and Cardinals in the last two weeks. Toronto also acquired relievers Genesis Cabrera and Jordan Hicks from St. Louis.

DeJong brings excellent defensive skills to the Blue Jays. The 29-year-old ranks in the 97th percentile in outs above average, according to Statcast.

DeJong has team options for the next two seasons at $12.5 million and $15 million. The Blue Jays have a $2-million buyout for 2024 and a $1-million buyout for the 2025 option.

Svanson, 24, posted a 1.11 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 26 relief appearances across two minor-league levels this season.

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