History lesson time!!!
(If you watched yesterday’s game, Buck already told this story, but… I’mma tell it anyways)
That guy in the middle? That’s Robinzon Diaz. In April 2008, he made his major-league debut with the Blue Jays. Four months later, the promising catching prospect was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates DFAd him at the end of 2009, and he bounced around the farm systems of five different teams over the next 7 years - even coming back to Toronto on a minor-league contract in 2016.
In his career, he played in 41 MLB games and hit exactly one home run.
He’s now the Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen catcher.
The guy he was traded for? Some utility infielder who’d already played for four teams, with a .212 career average and 43 home runs to his name over four years. Said utility infielder would eventually convert to the outfield, develop a cannon for an arm, acquire unbelievable plate discipline, hit 272 further home runs (and counting), and break a few franchise records - along with being responsible for one of the Blue Jays’ most iconic postseason moments.
That’s right kids, you’re looking at the man who was traded for Jose Bautista.