The Milwaukee Brewers acquired the left-handed first baseman Rowdy Tellez Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed pitchers Trevor Richards and Bowden Francis. The announcement was made by Brewers President of Baseball Operations David Stearns.
The 26-year-old Tellez has played his entire Major League career with Toronto (2018-21), hitting .241 with 37 HRs and 99 RBIs on 219 fronts. He hit .209 with 4 HRs and 8 RBIs in 50 games in two stints with the Blue Jays this season and .298 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs in 13 games with Triple-A Buffalo. His 181 career starts have been at first base (105) or as a designated hitter (76):
Selected by Toronto in the 30th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Téllez made his major league debut with the Blue Jays in 2018, hitting .314 with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs in 23 games. He set career records with 21 HRs and 54 RBIs in 2019, hitting .227 in 111 games. In the shortened 2020 season, Téllez hit .283 with 8 HRs and 23 RBIs in 35 games.
Richards, 28, was acquired by Milwaukee in a trade with Tampa Bay on May 21. He is 3-0 with a 3.69 ERA and 1 save in 21 relief appearances between the Rays and Brewers this season, including 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 games with Milwaukee. Richards is 13-21 with a 4.34 ERA and 1 save in 85 career games (52 starts) with Miami (2018-19), Tampa Bay (2019-21) and Milwaukee (2021).
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Last but not least, Francis, 25, was selected by the Brewers in the seventh round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. He was 22-23 with a 4.23 ERA in 69 minor league appearances ( 63 starts), including 7-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 11 starts between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Nashville this season.