After being selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB draft, Therrien was the main closer for Triple-A Lehigh Valley for most of the summer in 2017. After putting together a 1.41 ERA and a 10.2 K/9 over 57-1/3 innings, the righty was shut down in September after ripping his UCL and undergoing Tommy John surgery.
The 24-year-old native of Canada is friends with former Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, as he and Gagne often spend their winters training together. Therrien has a four-pitch repertoire which consists of a four-seam and a two-seam fastball, a splitter, and a slider. His heater was normally clocked in the 94-95 MPH range before his surgery, but it was his slider which impressed scouts the most, frequently drawing comparisons to former Philadelphia reliever Brad Lidge.
Per reports, Therrien agreed to a two-year minor league contract due to the fact that he’ll spend most of the 2018 season rehabbing from his surgery.
Taijeron, 28, grew up in La Mesa and was chosen by the Mets in the 18th round of the 2011 draft out of Cal Poly. He bats and throws from the right side, and can handle any of the three outfield spots.
Last season, he slashed .272/.383/.525 with 25 long balls and 78 RBI in 125 games for Triple-A Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League. In seven minor league seasons, he owns a .269/.372/.514 career slash line with 135 home runs, 200 doubles and 479 RBI over 770 games.
Taijeron made his big league debut for the Mets last season, and hit .173/271/.269 after going 9-for-53 with one homer, two doubles and three RBI in 26 games. During that time, New York used him exclusively as a right fielder.
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