It looks like the Shun Yamaguchi era is over.
The Blue Jays designated the swingman for assignment on Wednesday night and announced that they had claimed Joel Payamps off of waivers from the Red Sox.
ROSTER MOVE: We’ve claimed RHP Joel Payamps off waivers from the Red Sox.
To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Shun Yamaguchi has been designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/SLpYEjaglg
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) February 11, 2021
Ending the Yamaguchi experiment isn’t all that big of a surprise. He had a rough time in 2020, posting a 8.06 ERA over 17 appearances, and while there’s some hope he could rebound in a normal season with a normal spring training, the fact Yamaguchi can reject an assignment to the minors makes him a difficult obstacle on the 40-man roster.
I can’t imagine anybody will claim Yamaguchi and take on his $3,175,000 salary, so the Blue Jays are more than likely going to be on the hook for that.
As @Feinsand reports, #BlueJays have signed right-handed reliever David Phelps to a big-league deal, per source. They’ll be making another roster move this afternoon.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) February 11, 2021
And, on Thursday morning, the Joel Payamps era came …
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