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Blue Jays trade for relief pitcher Jacob Barnes with Mets

The New York Mets designated Barnes for assignment earlier in the week.
Credit: AP
New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Barnes during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, May 15, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Toronto Blue Jays added an arm to their bullpen, acquiring right-handed relief pitcher Jacob Barnes from the New York Mets in exchange for minor league pitcher Troy Miller.

Barnes was designated for assignment by the Mets earlier in the week.

The 31-year-old has a 6.27 ERA in 19 appearances with the Mets this season. He was a 14th round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011 and also played for the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels before joining the Mets.

Barnes has a career 4.53 ERA over six years and 219 games in Major League Baseball.

The Blue Jays send off the minor league right-handed pitcher Miller to add Barnes to the bullpen, which struggled Friday night in a 7-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

The 24-year-old Miller made six starts and a relief appearance in Advanced-A Vancouver and Double-A New Hampshire this season, with a 3-2 record and 4.93 ERA.