Well, a 2022 Blue Jay is no longer on the 2023 Blue Jays roster.
According to the Houston Astros’ Twitter account, the Astros claimed left-handed reliever Matt Gage off waivers.
We have claimed LHP Matt Gage off of waivers from Toronto.
Gage joins the Astros 40-man roster, which is now full. pic.twitter.com/EE3bj82Opv
— Houston Astros (@astros) February 13, 2023
This isn’t too surprising, as the 30-year-old had success in both the minor leagues and major leagues in the Blue Jays system last season. With the Blue Jays, he had a 1.38 ERA and a 3.88 FIP in 13 innings pitched, along with a 24 K% and a 12 BB%.
He had more of a sample size with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, where he posted a 2.34 ERA and a 2.78 FIP in 42.1 innings pitched, along with a 27.4 K% and a 9.5 BB%. He was also Buffalo’s primary closer, as he registered 12 saves for the season.
Gage was placed on unconditional release waivers on February 6th, meaning that he likely had an international opportunity. Since the Astros picked up Gage, he will remain on the team’s 40-man roster, meaning that he could be one of the first to earn a call-up to the team – if he doesn’t make it out of spring training.
Here’s Matt Gage (@MattGage91)’s strikeout thread from this evening!#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/QrRz8Bmxmo
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) September 16, 2022
In terms of depth, the Blue Jays bullpen did take a little bit of a hit, but they’ve invited five left-handed pitchers to spring training as non-roster invitees. You can read more about that here.
With all that being said, we here at Blue Jays Nation …
Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation