The 23-year-old first base prospect had a decent season split between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting a combined .285 with 17 home runs, 67 RBI, and a .806 OPS between the two top levels of Toronto’s system.
McDade had been designated for assignment on November 20th, in a roster space clearing move necessitated after Bud Selig approved the major trade with the Marlins that netted Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck. While the Blue Jays would have welcomed him back as depth at Triple-A, McDade was blocked at the major league level by Adam Lind and David Cooper.
McDade will now get a shot with the Cleveland Indians. The Indians are expected to utilize Carlos Santana as a part-time first baseman, leaving McDade and Russ Canzler in a position to compete for the other half of the platoon.
Earlier in the day, both utility-man Mike McCoy and right-hander Joel Carreno cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. Right-hander Corey Wade, who was claimed earlier in the offseason off waivers from the Yankees, cleared waivers but instead opted for free agency rather than accept a minor league assignment.