The Jays continue their series against the Diamondbacks and HOLY SHIT, WHAT’S RICKY ROMERO DOING HERE?!!?!?
And Kyle Drabek! Happy Drabekkuh, everyone! (What? … No?)
Yes, as you’re surely already aware, the Jays made several September call-ups last night, adding Kyle Drabek, Luis Perez, Jeremy Jeffress, Mike Nickeas, and Ricky Romero to their roster. Though, that didn’t technically happen before some other roster moves today, as all but Drabek and Perez needed to be added to the 40-man roster.
Scott MacArthur appears to have been the first in my feed to have tweeted that the Jays added Melky Cabrera and Josh Johnson to the 60-day DL, formally ending their seasons (note: ugh), while designating Mauro Gomez for assignment in order to add players to the 40-man.
Brendan Kennedy tweets that John Gibbons says he doesn’t expect any more call-ups, so Marcus Stroman and Sean Nolin don’t appear as though they’ll see the Majors this year– nor will A.J. Jimenez, who of course is hurt. Fingers still crossed they all to head to the AFL, as planned– along with Aaron Sanchez, to boot.
Kennedy also notes that Drabek and Romero will work out of the bullpen for now, though they’re not sure when– except that Drabek has been told he won’t be coming into any mid-inning situations. Should be interesting to see where he’s at, actually!
A couple articles to peruse in lieu of a Daily Duce:
- Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star notes that the Jays, no longer with Brian Butterfield, are one of only two teams deploying the infield shift less often than last season. Of course, the Jays shifted so much last year that maybe it was too much, but that’s kinda disappointing. If you want to find something negative to lay at the feet of John Gibbons and his staff, there ya go.
- Elsewhere in the Star, Richard Griffin quotes some not-wholly-impressive numbers from some mostly not-wholly-impressive prospects at not-wholly-impressive levels and tries to call the J.A. Happ trade the worst of Alex Anthopoulos’s tenure. He’s almost certainly wrong– caveats and all, you’d still gotta figure at least it’s Napoli for Francisco– but… um… shouldn’t we maybe wait and see if these prospects are anything before shitting on jettisoning them? Or if Happ is? Or if he isn’t maybe flipped for something useful this winter? A team looking for a back end starter could do worse than J.A. Happ if they had a passable second baseman to dangle, don’t you think?
- Speaking of prospects, at Sportsnet, Shi Davidi runs down a list of all the Jays key prospects at all levels, and gives us an update on how their seasons went. Must-read stuff.
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (R)
CF Rajai Davis (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
2B Mark DeRosa (R)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
RF Moises Sierra (R)
LF Kevin Pillar (R)
RHP Todd Redmond (R)
LF Adam Eaton (L)
CF A.J. Pollock (R)
1B Paul Goldschmidt (R)
3B Martin Prado (R)
2B Aaron Hill (R)
C Miguel Montero (L)
RF Gerardo Parra (L)
SS Didi Gregorius (L)
LHP Wade Miley (L)