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Blue Jays and Rockies swap minor league left-handers

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As first reported by Ben Nicholson-Smith at Sportsnet, the Blue Jays have traded 25-year-old left-hander Tyler Ybarra to the Rockies in exchange for 22-year-old lefty Jayson Aquino.

Aquino was designated for assignment by the Rockies at the end of January to clear out a 40-man roster spot for newly-acquired right-hander David Hale. Aquino registered an ugly 5.13 ERA and 1.495 WHIP in 18 starts last season between High-A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa, and he’s probably not going to be in the picture for Toronto anytime soon.

Ybarra, a 43rd-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2008, had a rough 4.42 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 43/30 K/BB ratio in 53 innings last season at Double-A New Hampshire.

These are obviously not major pitching prospects.