Blue Jays release 26-man roster (and Taxi Squad), Reese McGuire and Breyvic Valera have been designated for assignment

The Blue Jays have finally let us know who’s going to be the team to kick off the season.

The roster features 14 pitchers and 12 position players…
Pitchers: Hyun Jin Ryu, Ross Stripling, Steven Matz, Tanner Roark, T.J. Zeuch, Ryan Borucki, Tyler Chatwood, Rafel Dolis, Tim Mayza, Julian Merryweather, Joel Payamps, David Phelps, Jordan Romano, and Trent Thornton.
Players: Danny Jansen, Alejandro Kirk, Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Vlad Jr., Joe Panik, Marcus Semien, Rowdy Tellez, Jonathan Davis, Randal Grichuk, Lourdes Gurriel, Teoscar Hernandez.
Taxi Squad: Riley Adams, Travis Bergen, A.J. Cole, Santiago Espinal, Tommy Milone.
Panik and Mayza needed to be added to the 40-man roster, so the team has designated both Breyvic Valera and Reese McGuire for assignment. The former comes as no surprise at all and the latter seemed inevitable once we learned yesterday that the team had gone out and acquired a veteran third-string catcher in Juan Graterol.
I would imagine that somebody takes a flyer on McGuire who is certainly good enough to be a glove-only backup catcher at the big-league level. Regardless, Kirk is the better player, and this move that prioritizes winning over asset management proves where the Blue Jays are at …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors Player of the Week: The versatile OG Anunoby

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Mark Shapiro: No Blue Jays have tested positive for COVID-19, the organization’s plan for stadium staff, and more!

Mark Shapiro, who’s currently under self-isolation at home in Toronto, did a conference call on Sunday in order to give media an update as to where the Blue Jays are at when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The important notes…
No Blue Jays (players or staff) have been tested positive for COVID-19 as of right now. So that’s good!
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Shun Yamaguchi, and Rafael Dolis are the only three big-leaguers left at camp in Dunedin. They can’t leave right now due to immigration complications. Beyond them, 30 minor-leaguers remain because there’s nowhere for them to go. 18 of those players are from Venezuela. It seems everyone else has gone home.
Game-day stadium staff were placed on temporary layoff to give them access to Employment Insurance. Apparently, ownership is committing money beyond the $30 million ($1 million per team) that Major League Baseball announced to support these employees. The Blue Jays have a plan in place through April and are working on the next phase.
There isn’t much of a sense of what’ll happen until the infection curve begins to flatten. This could get really, really bad (my words, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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Could the Toronto Raptors beat a full strength Team Canada?

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