Because, why bury all this in an upcoming Late-Afternoon Snack post, it’s a bunch of minor moves!
Shi Davidi tweets that Corey Wade, one of the many waiver pick-ups Alex Anthopoulos has made this winter (I think I can call it the winter now, yes? It’s damn cold out there!) in the hopes of sneaking them through waivers to create depth at Triple-A, has elected free agency rather than accepting his assignment to Buffalo after clearing waivers.
Clearing waivers and landing in Buffalo are Joel Carreno and li’l Mike McCoy, who will at least face fewer indignities than last year, with the commute to and from Western New York being much shorter than the one from Vegas, not to mention the fact that he’ll be behind an actual MLB player on the depth chart, rather than been deemed sub-mascot as he was in 2012.
Not clearing waivers, however, was first baseman Mike McDade, who was claimed by the Clevelands, as appears to have been first reported by Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer. (MLBTR, naturally, has a nifty round-up of the transactions.)
We saw the McDade loss coming when it was announced that he had been D’d FA in the wake of The Trade, and maybe even seemed odd given that Bobby Wilson remains on the roster as the club’s fourth-best MLB option behind the plate, as well as Dustin McGowan, whose injury history and the $3.5-million remaining on his deal may have seen him clear. But while he’s not a nothing prospect– a switch-hitting first baseman with an alright glove (reportedly, I think) who seemed to learn how to take a walk during his repeat year at New Hampshire– he’s certainly not the kind of high-upside talent that Alex Anthopoulos has begun to emphasis, and probably isn’t someone who was ever going to be looked at as a regular first baseman here.
So, things sure have changed around here, haven’t they? A loss like this, minor as it may be, would have been decried for days had McDade not lost his 40-man spot largely due to The Trade. Now… meh. Just a guy. Didn’t have trade value. It is what it is. Oh well.
We’re too big time now to concern ourselves splitting hairs over whether he or Wilson (who gives the Jays the ability to trade a catcher), or McGowan (who would frustrate us to no end if he left and had success– and health– elsewhere), or Jeremy Jeffress (an interesting power arm, but out of options), or anybody else should have gone. We have a genuine, top-heavy roster to drool about.