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Blue Jays claim Cole Gillespie from Mariners, designate Kenny Wilson

The Toronto Blue Jays made a minor move today acquiring outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Jays designated outfielder Kenny Wilson for assignment.

Gillespie, 30, has a career slash line of .233/.298/.333 and had an OPS of .636 in 34 games this year with the Mariners. The right-handed hitter has primarily been used against lefties this year and is batting .280/.357/.320 off southpaws in 2014. Over 68 plate appearances in Triple-A this season he’s been very good with an OPS of 1.197.

Wilson, 24, has already been designated once by the Blue Jays this season and was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins, who had just lost outfielder Darin Mastroianni to a waiver claim by the Blue Jays. Wilson played only 14 games for the Twins’ Double-A affiliate before he was designated for assignment again, which led to the Jays picking him back up once again.

Wilson is a good athlete but has had a tough time during his tools into skills over his injury-plagued minor league career. Another team, like the Twins, might take another chance at the young outfielder but his loss wouldn’t be much of a blow to the Blue Jays. He’s not ready for the major leagues and with Dalton Pompey, Aaron Sanchez and Andy Burns all needing protection for the Rule 5 draft this fall it makes sense GM Alex Anthopoulos was willing to switch him up with a more major league ready player in Gillespie.

That’s not to say we should expect much from the Blue Jays most recent addition. If anything, it could be an indictment of the Jays lack of faith in Kevin Pillar, who was recently optioned after tossing his bat into the dugout. Personal issues aside, Pillar’s OPS of .520 doesn’t exactly expel much confidence. Although he’s been better against left-handed pitching, it makes sense the Blue Jays might want to give another right-handed bat a try before they go back to Pillar.

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  • shamefultofan

    They need to fire john gibbon

    • Gary Kimbrel

      He didn’t have the right brand of pixie dust, right? Because the players aren’t responsible for how they play, right?

      • shamefultofan

        pixie dust makes u a better baseball player??? should try it…. what brand should i try??? for some reason the best and most respected coaches make even the best players better… phil jackson michael jordan, scotty bowmen steve yzerman…so to think a better coach wouldn’t help this team would be a poor way to look at it…. or like u said gibbons and his history of winning should just try some pixie dust that about all this joker has to offer… plus all the best teams in history has had great bench boss…. i’ve played all kinds of sports my whole life … and when we had a good coach even on the worst teams we always found ways to win… plus when u have a history of fighting with ur players i don’t see how that helps…look how the team has played since that incident… same way they did the last time he had a problem with a player…history tells the story…

  • shamefultofan

    If aa continues to do nothing then he also needs to be fired…they have a great team but needs a few tweeks here and there and they could be a true contenter…

    • Michael Wray

      I don’t agree that AA (or Gibby) should be fired but do agree that a few tweaks here and there could really go a long ways.

      • shamefultofan

        Yeah man gibby is great…thats why the only team that would hire him was the jays…u have all star players u need an all star coach…. Send him back to the unemployment line…