Breyvic Valera is back

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The Blue Jays have claimed utility guy Breyvic Valera off of waivers from the San Diego Padres AND they’ve added LHP Bryan Baker, infielder Patrick Kivlehan, and outfielder Josh Palacios to the 60-man pool.

Valera has had an incredible tour of the league over the past couple of years. He was one of the players sent from the Dodgers to the Orioles for Manny Machado, then he got purchased by the Giants, then he got claimed off of waivers by the Yankees, then he got claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays, then he got claimed off of waivers by the Padres, and now he’s back in Toronto.
He played in five games for the Blue Jays late in September of 2019 when rosters expanded, so I wouldn’t blame you for not remembering him. Over 54 Major League games, Valera has slashed a .223/.294/.298 line, but his .303/.389/.480 line in Triple-A in 2019 makes him an interesting name to take a flyer on.
And then we have the other three guys getting added to the pool.
I suspect that this is something we’ll see a fair amount around the league as teams navigate COVID-19. A player …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays select Derek Law to the roster, DFA Alen Hanson

The Alen Hanson Utility Experiment is over. The Toronto Blue Jays announced Friday evening that they have selected pitcher Derek Law to the major league roster and have designated Alen Hanson for assignment.

ROSTER MOVE: We’ve selected the contract of RHP Derek Law from the @BuffaloBisons and designated UTIL Alen Hanson for assignment.
Law pitched to a 1.69 ERA this season in Triple-A and owns a 3.83 career @MLB ERA. pic.twitter.com/yKOm27byW5
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 3, 2019

Both players were acquired in the Kevin Pillar trade to the Giants, Hanson making the immediate leap and Law taking his talents to Triple-A Buffalo.
There, he pitched a total of 10.2 innings — posting a 1.69 ERA in relief and totalling 17 strikeouts with only three walks allowed.
The 28-year-old joins a bullpen that has been devastated with injury since the beginning of the season and is starting to see some of its regular members come back.
In the majors with the Giants, Law has 105.2 IP under his belt with a 3.83 ERA, 1.287 WHIP, and a 8.1 K/9 rate.
With Alen Hanson heading to Buffalo, his reign of terror in the outfield and elsewhere is over. Most recently known for being Vlad’s pinch runner and making …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation