Blue Jays Moves: Pompey to Minors, Penny to Retire

Blue Jays begin roster trimming by sending Dalton Pompey down to the minor league camp.

The Blue Jays have begun to trim the major league roster down in preparation for Opening Day, and the first cut is a deep one.

Earlier today MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm that Dalton Pompey would be reassigned to the minor league camp alongside Wade LeBlanc and Matt Dominguez. The latter two were expected to be Buffalo bodies, but the fact that Pompey could not beat Michael Saunders outright for the leftfield starting job meant his ticket was punched.

It’s disappointing that Pompey could not make the step forward that was expected of him coming into the season, but this is a better move for him long term. It makes no sense to keep the Mississauga native on the roster as a backup outfielder, just for the sake of having some more Canadian content around. Pompey will be the everyday centerfielder in Buffalo and the regular playing time should help him hone his skills for a more fruitful run at the job next year, when Saunders is out of contract, among other Blue Jays outfielders

Also this means that either Ezequiel Carrera or Junior Lake will break camp with the Blue Jays, which means no chance of losing one of them on waivers until they prove they can’t cut it at the major league level. Early money is on Lake as he offers more versatility than Carrera and has not been batting at a level that wouldn’t top Austin Peay’s first round output in the NCAA tournament (.067 BA for Carrera vs. 79 points for AP vs. Kansas).

In addition to the demotions, another arm stepped out of the bullpen conversation: 

Following a poor performance against the Astros yesterday, the 37-year-old has decided to call it a career. He was attempting to make the Blue Jays following a season pitching at AAA Charlotte for the White Sox, but a 10.29 ERA did not bode well for his chances. Penny retires with 121 career victories, two All-Star nods and one World Series ring from his time with the Marlins. He’s the second Blue Jays pitcher to call it quits in two days, following Rafael Soriano’s announcement yesterday.

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Ryan has been immersed in sports from a young age, since he could read Jr. Jays comics as they filtered into the backwoods of Northern Nova Scotia. He’s been blogging about sports since high school, writing on FOX Sports.com’s blogs as well as his own Tailpipe Sports blog. He’s been with Jays From the Couch since its humble beginnings, and continues to contribute as he forges a career in the sports journalism industry. He brings a discerning eye, a smoking keyboard, and a brain that made Jeopardy! rethink letting Canadians onto their program.

Ryan Andrews

Ryan has been immersed in sports from a young age, since he could read Jr. Jays comics as they filtered into the backwoods of Northern Nova Scotia. He’s been blogging about sports since high school, writing on FOX Sports.com’s blogs as well as his own Tailpipe Sports blog. He’s been with Jays From the Couch since its humble beginnings, and continues to contribute as he forges a career in the sports journalism industry. He brings a discerning eye, a smoking keyboard, and a brain that made Jeopardy! rethink letting Canadians onto their program.