Aug 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo (18) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Detroit won 11-3. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays Claim Outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo From Diamondbacks


The Toronto Blue Jays made a few waves this afternoon, and admittedly one of the head-scratching kind, by claiming outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo off of waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. To make room for Tuiasosopo on the 40-man roster, Toronto released left-hander Luis Perez according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

The 27-year-old Tuiasosopo hit .244 for the Detroit Tigers last season with 7 home runs and 30 RBI in 191 plate appearances and owns a lifetime slash-line of .207/.290/.356 for his career. Oddly enough, the right-handed hitter owns a reverse split s seen in the statistics below from Baseball-Reference.

I Split PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip
vs RHP as RHB 179 36 10 4 25 12 64 .221 .287 .368 .655 .337
vs LHP as RHB 222 38 5 8 20 26 63 .196 .293 .345 .638 .242
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/20/2014.

With that in mind, Tuiasosopo is a strange pick-up. His splits don’t make him a candidate as a platoon partner for Adam Lind and there really isn’t a place for him on the outfield with Moises Sierra expected to hold down the 4th outfielder position. Additionally, Dan Johnson‘s big spring would make Tuiasosopo a redundant piece. The only place for Tuiasosopo would be in Triple-A as outfielder depth, but the Blue Jays would need to sneak him through waivers as he is out of options.

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  • Eric

    Terrible pick up

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I don’t understand it my guess is he’s released by next week.

      • Eric

        Yup that’s what I think

  • Len Nunes

    I can’t come up with any logical explanation, for that matter, I can’t come up with a bullsh!t explanation either.

  • Erik Trenouth

    Ya, they claim him and try to slip him through waivers when everyone else is trying the same with their players. Potential outfield depth.

  • Andrew van Laar

    Oh my goodness… go to youtube and type “Mike Blowers Home Run Prediction” and it should be the first one. It’s mind boggling the prediction he made on Tuiasosopo vs the Jays in 2009. Crazzzzyyyyy!!!