Blue Jays acquire relievers Richards, Francis from Brewers for Tellez

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TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired right-handed pitchers Trevor Richards and Bowden Francis from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for infielder Rowdy Tellez.

The 28-year-old Richards is on the move for a second time after being traded from Tampa Bay to Milwaukee as part of a four-player deal on May 21.

The six-foot-two, 195-pound right-hander made six relief appearances for the Rays and 15 for the Brewers this season, posting a 3-0 record with a 3.69 earned-run average and 41 strikeouts.

Francis, 25, has gone 7-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 11 starts between double-A Biloxi and triple-A Nashville this season.

The 26-year-old Tellez struggled to find a spot on the Jays roster this season. He has been with triple-A Buffalo since June 22.

Tellez batted .209 with four doubles, one triple, four home runs, and eight runs batted in across 50 games for the Blue Jays this season.

The 6-4, 255-pound left-handed hitter is in his fourth Major League season and has a .241 career average with 37 doubles, one triple, 37 home runs, and 99 RBI over 219 games.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 6, 2021.

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