Blue Jays acquire pitcher Mitch White from Dodgers at MLB trade deadline

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired right-handed pitcher Mitch White and infield prospect Alex De Jesus from the Los Angeles Dodgers ahead of the MLB trade deadline on Tuesday. Toronto is sending minor-league pitchers Nick Frasso and Moises Brito to Los Angeles in return.

White, who is under team control through 2027, has appeared in 15 games (10 starts) for the Dodgers this season, logging a 3.70 ERA. The 27-year-old has spent parts of the past three seasons in the majors and owns a career 3.58 ERA.

White offers some depth for a Blue Jays rotation that has a major question mark at the back end with Yusei Kikuchi currently occupying the fifth spot. White could step in as a replacement should Kikuchi's struggles continue or an injury to another starter arise. He could also provide length in the bullpen, similar to the role Ross Stripling used to occupy.

A second-round draft pick in 2016, White features a four-seam fastball, slider, curveball and sinker with a changeup mixed in on occasion. He doesn't generate a lot of strikeouts but has been able to avoid giving up hard contact.

Mitch White is the latest arm heading to the Blue Jays. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Mitch White is the latest arm heading to the Blue Jays. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

De Jesus is an infield prospect who was playing in high-A with the Dodgers. He is slashing .272/.386/.447 with 11 home runs across two minor-league levels in 2022. The 20-year-old was ranked as the 19th-best prospect in the Dodgers' system, per MLB Pipeline.

Frasso, 23, was a fourth-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2020. The right-hander has put together an impressive 2022 campaign thus far, registering a 0.74 ERA with a 14.0 K/9 rate in 10 starts across single-A and high-A.

Brito is a left-hander who signed with Toronto as an international free agent in June. The 20-year-old was pitching in the Dominican Summer League, owning a 1.86 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 12 games.

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