MLBTR is reporting that the Colorado Rockies have claimed Minor League reliever Josh Roenicke off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Hmm. I wonder what that could be all about. Maybe a certain third base prospect is about to be added to the 40 man roster and the team just made the necessary room for him.
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that when he was handed Brandon Morrow’s jersey to wear on picture day, he likely wasn’t beaming with confidence in his job security.
With expectations quickly rising that Brett Lawrie will be called up prior to Friday night’s game in Baltimore, there remained a question of how the Blue Jays would manage to facilitate his addition to the 40 man roster. Alex Anthopoulos, ever the silent assassin, found the answer in quietly placing 28 year old reliever Josh Roenicke on waivers.
Roenicke came to Toronto from Cincinnati with Zach Stewart and Edwin Encarnacion in the 2009 Scott Rolen trade. After initially being given a role in the team’s bullpen, he became an afterthought after poor performances in parts of two seasons at the Major League level. Unfortunately, he didn’t do much better at Triple A this year, putting up a 5.96 FIP to correspond with his 6.43 ERA. It’s one thing to blame the hitter’s paradise that is the Pacific Coast League for inflated pitching stats, but Roenicke wasn’t doing himself any favours with an astronomical 6.43 walks per nine innings, matching his earned run average.