Rowdy Tellez told the Toronto Blue Jays he was open to being traded

When Rowdy Tellez saw the success Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was having early in his MLB career, he knew his time with the Toronto Blue Jays would be limited.

And when it became more and more clear that Guerrero was owning first base, he approached Jays GM Ross Atkins expressing his willingness to be traded.

Rowdy Tellez acknowledged that he approached Ross Atkins to at least express that he was open to being traded when it was clear Vlad was owning 1B. “I wanted to further my career.” #Bluejays.
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) June 24, 2022

It comes as no major surprise, either. As I wrote about yesterday, it was hard for Tellez to find a regular spot in the Jays lineup. Justin Smoak was largely at 1B early in Tellez’s career and into 2020, the team brought in Travis Shaw who ate into some reps, too. While Tellez got DH reps in, the 2021 season saw the addition of George Springer and the club wanted him DH’ing lots, too.
The ceiling became only so high for Tellez, so I can’t blame him at all for asking without asking for a trade.
the Jays will get a good look at him this weekend as they head to Milwaukee for the first time since 2017.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at

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A change of scenery is just what was needed for Rowdy Tellez

In Toronto, the ceiling was only so high for Rowdy Tellez before he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.

And on Friday night, the Blue Jays will get to see their old friend for the first time since the July 2021 trade.
Drafted in the 30th round of the 2013 draft, Tellez broke onto the scene with the big club in 2018. He jumped into 23 games and in 70 at-bats by the end of the year, he slashed an impressive .314/.326/.614 hitting four home runs and 14 RBI.
Come 2019, things cooled for Rowdy. His slash line fell to .227/.293/.449 over a much larger sample size of 111 games and 370 at-bats, and his walk-to-strikeout rate rose to 29-116.
But in a COVID-shortened 2020 season, it seemed like he figured things out at the plate. He cut down on swings outside the zone slashing .283/.346/.540, hitting eight homers, and had a strong 11-to-20 walk-to-strikeout rate. But as 2021 rolled around, Rowdy started to cool off. His numbers dipped significantly. He posted a .283/.346/.540 line, clubbed eight dingers, and had a solid 11-to-20 walk-to-strikeout rate.
The biggest issue? The first baseman had a man named Vladimir Guererro Jr. breathing down his neck. On July 6, 2021, the Jays moved Tellez to the NL’s Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for re …

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

Let’s get Rowdy (again)

It looks like Rowdy Tellez is back in the mix. After a one-month stint with the Triple-A Bisons, Tellez has re-joined the Blue Jays roster.

Rowdy Tellez is in the #BlueJays clubhouse. Stay tuned….
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) August 13, 2019

In 26 games with Buffalo, Tellez has absolutely mashed. He’s slashing a .366/.450/.688 line with seven homers and nine doubles.
The key for Tellez, though, is limiting strikeouts and taking more walks. During that stint with Buffalo, Tellez walked 14 times and struck out 25 times, which is substantially better than the 17 walks and 83 strikeouts he had at the Major League level this year.
Of course, this could be a product of him facing wild and mediocre pitching at the Triple-A level, but we’ve seen both Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel come back from trips to Buffalo with much better approaches at the plate this season. Hopefully Rowdy has the same success.
We don’t yet know what the corresponding roster move is to add Tellez to the 25-man roster. I would guess Brock Stewart goes down until he’s needed again. Maybe Justin Smoak was claimed on waivers like Freddy Galvis was yesterday. We’ll see.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation