Tuesday 23 October 2012

Waiver Jays

The Blue Jays have claimed five players off waivers in the last few days.  I'm pretty sure I mentioned the Scott Cousins claim the other day, but to add to the pile, the Jays have claimed David Herndon off waivers from the Phillies, Bobby Wilson from the Angels, Tyson Brummett from the Phillies, and Cory Wade from the Yankees.

I don't really think any of these are big deals, beyond the fact that this makes it rather clear that there probably aren't many (any?) prospects that are going to be placed on the 40-man in the coming weeks in preparation for the rule-5 draft.

Herndon had TJ in June, ending his season, but was reasonably useful in 2010 and 2011, throwing 110 innings out of the bullpen.  He could battle for a bullpen spot in spring training if he's ready to go.

The other noteworthy claim is that of Bobby Wilson, who will add catcher depth (unless, of course, he gets DFA'ed and claimed again before the season starts) and might allow the Jays to move a catcher in a trade if they're so inclined. They might have a partner in the Rangers, who are going to be in the market for catching if they can't retain the services of Mike Napoli.  The Jays would be seeking either pitching or middle infield help.

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