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.
#BlueJays claim OF Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from the Diamondbacks. Perez was released to make room on the 40-man roster.
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) March 20, 2014
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.
|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|
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.