The Blue Jays have been very busy in the past 24 hours. As the rosters expand, we’ll tell you who is where, and who the new Blue Jays are.
September 1st is a busy time for a lot of people. Rent is due. School starts back up. Stores have to get Christmas stuff on display, because money. MLB teams are no exception, as they attempt to beat the deadline for acquiring players eligible for the post-season. The Blue Jays got busy in a hurry this season.
It started immediately after yesterday’s 5-3 victory over their AL East rivals, the Baltimore Orioles. Recently released personal R.A. Dickey caddie Josh Thole didn’t spend a long time on the free agent market, re-signing with the Blue Jays to a big league deal.Because he signed on Wednesday night, he retains his post-season eligibility, so that desert trek with Dickey might have to wait.
To make room for Thole, someone had to go, and surprisingly that someone was Devon Travis.
#BlueJays re-sign Josh Thole to a major-lg deal, option Devon Travis to rookie ball Bluefield. Season ends tonight, Travis eligible tomorrow
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) September 1, 2016
This is a similar move to the Aaron Sanchez to Dunedin transaction from earlier this month. The second baseman had options available, so the club is going to use them. With the team on an off-day Thursday anyway, he isn’t going to miss any time.
Travis’ ticket to West Virginia is only good for a one-night stay, as he will be right back up with the club as the rosters expand. He’ll be joined by four other players, some very familiar to Blue Jays fans, while others may need an introduction.
First, the lone bat recalled was prodigal outfielder Dalton Pompey. The Mississauga native has picked up speed as of late in Buffalo, slashing .270 with four home runs in 93 games at AAA this season, but more importantly 18 stolen bases, with a string of 12 straight without being caught in July. That’s what the 23-year-old will be up in Toronto to do. Run those bases, son.
Next, designated yo-yo reliever Ryan Tepera returns, after being optioned down on August 23rd for the returning Kevin Pillar. The hard-throwing Texan has nine appearances under his belt this season, with 2.89 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He’ll be another arm available in the bullpen.
Another right-hander, Danny Barnes, joins him. The Princeton graduate made his MLB debut on August 2nd and was spectacular, pitching the 8th inning in a one run game vs. Houston and holding the fort, fanning super shortstop Carlos Correa to end the frame. He has a 4.50 ERA in three MLB appearances, but has been electric for AA New Hampshire and AAA Buffalo, sporting an 0.73 ERA and a 11.3 K/9 rate in 41 games.
Finally, and the big surprise, Matt Dermody was selected to come up to the club as well, as broken by his agency.
— KVA Sports LLC (@KVASportsLLC) September 1, 2016
The 26-year-old left-hander started the season at Single A Dunedin but has rocketed up the ladder, pitching at all three levels this year. In 47 games, the former Iowa Hawkeye has a 1.82 ERA and a WHIP of 1.16. Those numbers tailed off at Buffalo, but he still had a respectable 2.76 ERA in 15 games. The Blue Jays have been struggling to find a solid LOOGY (lefty one out guy) all season, with Brett Cecil, Aaron Loup and Chad Girodo all ineffective. Dermody has a chance to thrust himself into the conversation both this year and next with a solid September performance. Most importantly, he knows good TV when he sees it.
The show #StrangerThings is a must see!
— Matt Dermody (@Matt_Dermody) July 25, 2016
This won’t be the end of the moves for the Blue Jays. Both Loup and Bo Schultz are expected to be called up early next week, as they have to wait 10 days for their options to expire. There will clearly be no shortage of arms for John Gibbons to work with, and they can always acquire a non-eligible player, as they did with Darwin Barney last year. Blue Jays fans can be optimistic though. This regime is going for it with all hands on deck.
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