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Dodgers trade Ross Stripling to Toronto Blue Jays

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So long, Chicken Strip

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Nearly an hour after the trade deadline on Monday, it was announced that the Dodgers had traded RHP Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Stripling was drafted by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He made his debut with the club in 2016.

It’s been a wild ride for Stripling, as he’s gone back and forth between the bullpen and being a starting pitcher. He finally got his chance in 2020 to be a full-time starter, but things just didn’t go right for him.

On the season, he’s 3-1 with a 5.61 ERA. He’s allowed 12 homers, the most in the National League. There just wasn’t ever really a spot for him, and with young pitchers like Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May ready to enter the rotation, it would be unfair to send him back to the bullpen. Now, he gets to start for the Blue Jays as they make a playoff push.

There will be another article later today featuring quotes from Andrew Friedman on the trade.

Thanks for everything, Chicken Strip.