DeMar DeRozan back with the Toronto Raptors? Pass.

DeMar DeRozan plans to decline his player option at season’s end. Does reuniting with the Toronto Raptors make sense? DeMar DeRozan‘s legacy in Canada is, among other things, complex. Depending on how the rest of his career goes, DeRozan’s time with the Toronto Raptors may go down as the highlight of his NBA career. I […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays release Ben Revere from minor-league deal

Signed as a minor-league option in the outfield, familiar friend Ben Revere was released by the Blue Jays on Wednesday morning.
According to Baseball America’s Kegan Lowe, Revere will be heading back to the free agent market after a mediocre stint in Buffalo with the Triple-A Bisons. Beginning his comeback with the Jays in extended spring, Revere appeared in a total of eight games for the Bisons, going 10-for-35 in this stint.
Posting a slash line of .286/.286/.371 is miserable at best but Revere was brought on just to possibly make a resurgence with the Jays through their desperate need for a capable big-league outfield.
Revere is not that, but why not reconnect with an old friend?
The 31-year-old most likely went straight to the bottom of the outfield depth chart as soon as Bobby Meacham and the Bisons staff started using Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. for some outfield rotation and possible appearances with the Blue Jays later on.
In Toronto, they have one of the worst outfields in baseball right now — ranked bottom-five for every offensive category you could think of — they need some help and it might be coming. If either Biggio or Gurriel Jr. turn …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Nationals claim Javy Guerra off waivers

Brought in as a relief option to sure-up the bullpen this past offseason, the Washington Nationals have claimed relief pitcher Javy Guerra off waivers from the Blue Jays.

DFA’d Saturday by #BlueJays, RHP Javy Guerra has been claimed off waivers by the bullpen-needy Washington Nationals.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) May 20, 2019

Guerra, 33, made 11 appearances for the Jays, pitching a total of 14 innings with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.214 WHIP, while striking out 9.6 per nine innings.
He was designated for assignment on Saturday to make way for lefty knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend to make the start in the game against the White Sox that day. With the injuries to their rotation, the Jays will be able to take the hit to their bullpen, but it is still losing a capable major-league arm for nothing.
This leaves the Jays with an eight-man bullpen, enough to manage the games, but with decreasing options in the minors. Thomas Pannone is one pitcher that was recently optioned to Buffalo that might see a lot of travel between the two clubs as the year goes on.
This move won’t get rid of the fact that the Nationals have never won a playoff series.

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation