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Blue Jays trade Loup, Axford for Minors arms

Club receives righty Waguespack from Phillies, righty Copping from Dodgers
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OAKLAND -- The Blue Jays' trading frenzy continued right up until Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, as Toronto sent relievers Aaron Loup to the Phillies and John Axford to the Dodgers.

Toronto picked up a couple of 24-year-old Minor League relievers in return for the veteran bullpen arms. Right-hander Jacob Waguespack was acquired for Loup and righty Corey Copping was the return for Axford, but neither reliever ranked among his club's Top 30 Prospects per MLB Pipeline.

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OAKLAND -- The Blue Jays' trading frenzy continued right up until Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, as Toronto sent relievers Aaron Loup to the Phillies and John Axford to the Dodgers.

Toronto picked up a couple of 24-year-old Minor League relievers in return for the veteran bullpen arms. Right-hander Jacob Waguespack was acquired for Loup and righty Corey Copping was the return for Axford, but neither reliever ranked among his club's Top 30 Prospects per MLB Pipeline.

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It has been a busy week for Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins. Toronto previously dealt J.A. Happ to the Yankees, Seunghwan Oh to the Rockies and suspended closer Roberto Osuna to the Astros, while other notable names such as Josh Donaldson and Curtis Granderson stayed put.

Tweet from @BlueJays: OFFICIAL: We've acquired minor league RHP Jacob Waguespack from the @Phillies in exchange for LHP Aaron Loup. pic.twitter.com/GvjVU2bQEi

"I think everybody knew it was always a possibility, depending on how the year was going," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of the July sell-off. "It's part of the business. You understand it. You never like to see some of the guys go, especially some of the ones I've been with. 

"I've been with Loupy awhile now. Osuna I've been with awhile. [Steve] Pearce, Axford, you bond with these guys and you'll miss that. But it's part of the business and it's kind of a compliment to them too, that somebody out there thinks that they can help them."

Waguespack has spent most of his career pitching in relief, but he does have some starting experience, including 15 starts this season. The Waco, Texas, native split this season between Double-A and Triple-A, posting a combined 4-6 record with a 4.68 ERA.

Copping also split his time between the same two levels in the Minors in Los Angeles' system, pitching to a 2.52 ERA while striking out 59 over 53 2/3 innings. The product of the University of Oklahoma was originally taken in the 31st round of the 2015 Draft.

Tweet from @BlueJays: OFFICIAL: We've acquired minor league RHP Corey Copping from the @Dodgers in exchange for RHP John Axford. pic.twitter.com/cxRnHm044t

Loup was the longest-tenured Blue Jay on the roster. He was taken in the ninth round of the 2009 Draft and has spent parts of the past seven seasons in Toronto. He posted a 3.47 ERA while striking out 297 over 318 2/3 innings.

The departure of Loup should open the door for Minor League lefty Tim Mayza to have a more permanent role in Toronto's bullpen. Mayza has been frequently shuttled back and forth between the Blue Jays and Triple-A Buffalo, but he should get a long look down the stretch by joining Jaime Garcia as the two Toronto lefties.

Axford joined the Blue Jays just before Spring Training on a one-year deal. He went 4-1 out of the bullpen with a 4.69 ERA and even made the first start of his career late last week with three scoreless innings against the White Sox.

"I think we'll settle this roster down at least until September," Gibbons said. "We'll have our group but I think it's important that everybody plays anyways. It will be a good opportunity for some guys, some new faces. No doubt."

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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