Blue Jays Designate Raimel Tapia, Bradley Zimmer For Assignment

The Blue Jays have designated outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Raimel Tapia for project. Toronto additionally launched a left-hander Foster Griffin. In corresponding strikes, the Jays chosen the contracts of righty Yosver Zulueta and infielders Addison Barger, Spencer Horwitz and Orelvis Martinez.

Tapia landed in Toronto within the Spring Training deal that despatched Randal Grichuk to the Rockies. The hope was to extra adequately steadiness an outfield that skewed right-handed with a lefty-swinging contact bat, however Tapia did not have an incredible 12 months. In 433 plate appearances, he hit .265/.292/.380 with seven dwelling runs. He demonstrated his typically strong bat-to-ball expertise, however he not often walked or hit for a lot energy.

The 28-year-old was eligible for arbitration for a closing time this winter, with MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projecting him for a notable $5.2MM wage. That all the time regarded likelier than the Jays have been hoping to pay for a fourth/fifth outfield sort, and immediately’s designation features as akin to a non-tender. Toronto can technically commerce Tapia within the subsequent few days, however it appears likelier he’ll go unclaimed on waivers and be despatched to the open market.

Zimmer additionally labored as a left-handed bench bat within the outfield. He received into 109 video games between Toronto and Philadelphia however solely picked up 117 plate appearances. He’s a strong defensive outfielder however has all the time been very strikeout-prone within the huge leagues. That included a 38.5% strikeout charge this season, which featured only a .124/.207/.229 general mark.

The 29-year-old (30 later this month) had been projected for a $1.3MM arbitration wage. As with Tapia, he is successfully being non-tendered a number of days prematurely to clear the 40-man roster spot.

Griffin made only one two-inning aid look for the Jays after being acquired from the Royals midseason. The former first-round decide of Kansas City spent a lot of his tenure with Triple-A Buffalo, working 23 1/3 innings out of the bullpen there. He posted a 2.31 ERA with a strong 24.8% strikeout charge as a Bison.

Turning to the gamers becoming a member of the roster, Martinez and Zulueta have been two of the simpler calls to maintain out of the Rule 5 draft across the league. The former was a high-profile signee out of the Dominican Republic through the 2018-19 worldwide interval. He’s appeared amongst Baseball America’s prime 100 general prospects in every of the previous two years, garnering reward for his huge energy potential. He spent your entire 2022 marketing campaign at Double-A New Hampshire as a 20-year-old however stumbled to a .203/.286/.446 line — albeit with a 30-homer exhibiting that demonstrated his energy upside.

Zulueta had a breakout 12 months that noticed him traverse 4 minor league ranges. A local of Cuba, he mixed for a 3.72 ERA with an enormous 33.9% strikeout charge whereas topping out at Triple-A. Baseball America slotted him fifth within the Toronto group midseason, praising his four-pitch combine. Zulueta, 25 in January, figures to begin subsequent season in Buffalo however might play his method onto the large league roster in some unspecified time in the future through the 12 months.

Barger, 23, was a sixth-round choice within the 2018 draft out of a Florida highschool. He’s performed throughout the infield and carried out at three minor league ranges this 12 months. The left-handed hitter mixed for a .308/.378/.555 exhibiting in 526 plate appearances, albeit with increased than common strikeout totals. BA ranked him 18th within the Jays’ system midseason.

Horwitz, 25, went within the twenty fourth spherical of the 2019 draft out of Radford. He’s outperformed that modest draft inventory and now sits getting ready to the majors after combining for a .275/.391/.452 mark in 483 plate appearances on the minors prime two ranges. He’s primarily a primary baseman, placing loads of strain on his bat. According to Baseball America, he is the #13 prospect within the group.

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