Prior to this afternoon’s Blue Jays get away game against the Baltimore Orioles, John Farrell explained to the gathered reporters that John McDonald would rejoin the team in time for tomorrow night’s game in Cincinnati. The corresponding roster move would involve a reliever, but Farrell said that the team hadn’t decided if that meant sending a player with options back to the minors or designating a player for assignment who had no options left.

Of the eight relievers on the active roster, Casey Janssen, Luis Perez and Marc Rzepzcynski still have Minor League options, leaving Shawn Camp, Octavio Dotel, Frank Francisco, Jason Frasor and Jon Rauch as possibilities to be removed. Of those five, the most disappointing has been Dotel, who has only thrown three innings of relief since June first, and accumulated a 5.19 ERA, 5.79 FIP and 4.62 xFIP. In addition, Dotel has the lowest ground ball and highest home run rate on the staff.

If he were to be released, the Blue Jays would owe Dotel the remainder of his $2.75 million contract and an additional $750,000 to buyout their option for 2012.

Be sure to join us right here at Getting Blanked following this afternoon’s game to talk about recent roster moves on our post game live stream.

Comments (6)

  1. Good-bye Luis Perez.

  2. the way scrabble has pitched lately, I bet they send him down, if only to delay a decision on who really needs to go.

  3. Dotel go bye-bye? Yes please! I don’t care if he’s a Type Z free agent, the Jays should not be offering him arbitration under any circumstances (which they have to do to get the pick) whatsoever, and a ROOGY isn’t exactly my idea of optimal use of a roster spot. In fact none of the guys in the bullpen so far have demonstrated that they deserve an arbitration offer next year, so AA should be looking to trade all of them.

  4. I think Perez goes down. Or I hope so. The guy has never been anything less than boring and average in the minors and I don’t see how he’s going to be anything more than that in the bullpen.

    Dotel you can at least trade for -something- on name recognition alone.

  5. 1) they’re going to want 2 lefties in the bullpen for the NL games.
    2) Janssen looks like he’s going to the DL, so there’s probably not going to be a move after all.

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