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Blue Jays trade reliever Seunghwan Oh to Colorado Rockies for prospects

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Seunghwan Oh (22) throws against the Detroit Tigers during eighth inning American League baseball action in Toronto on Friday, June 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays traded reliever Seunghwan Oh to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday in exchange for minor league first baseman Chad Spanberger, outfielder Forrest Wall and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Oh was briefly removed from the Blue Jays’ 12-6 loss in 11 innings to the Minnesota Twins before returning for extras on Wednesday, leading to speculation that he was dealt during the game.

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“I started wondering why my name wasn’t being called the multiple times when I expected to go out there,” Oh said Thursday through a translator. “But then I got the call later.”

Oh is 4-3 with a 2.68 ERA, two saves and 55 strikeouts in 47 innings this season.

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“I love the guy, I think he’s done a tremendous job for us,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said after being swept by the Twins.

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“I don’t know if anything’s going to happen, I know the word’s out there. He’s a pretty good pitcher. He showed us a lot. Great command, great competitor.”

The 36-year-old has a 2.81 ERA and 41 saves across three major league campaigns. He spent his first two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before signing a one-year contract with Toronto in the off-season.

Oh said he enjoyed his brief time in Toronto and had no desire to leave the Blue Jays.

“At the same time I’m very excited to join a club that’s competitive in their division right now, so I’m looking forward to contributing as soon as I get there,” he added.

Spanberger, 22, is batting .315 this season with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs in 92 games for single-A Asheville.

The 22-year-old Wall is batting .260 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs this season in 93 games with double-A Hartford and single-A California.

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