Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is always looking for good bargains on the waiver wires, so it was no surprise that he claimed left-hander Colt Hyne from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times was the first to announce the move.
Hynes has bounced around a little since being drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 31st round of the 2007 draft. He would not make his Major League debut until 2013, when he appeared in 22 games with the Padres and putting up a 9.00 ERA and a 6.9 K/9 ratio. He was sold to the Cleveland Indians in October of 2013, then traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in April for Duke von Schamann.
The 29-year-old spent the entire season with Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a solid 4.08 ERA and 7.8 K/9 ratio despite pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. However, he became a victim of the 40-man roster in Los Angeles, being designated for assignment on August 10th in order to clear room for the recently acquired Kevin Correia.
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He’ll head to Buffalo for now, and may just be a temporary placeholder on the 40-man roster, with the Blue Jays currently having just 39 players on the roster. Toronto also expects to open up another spot on the 40-man roster later this week, with the anticipated transfer of Neil Wagner to the 60-day disabled list.
Needless to say, adding a lefty specialist to the minor league bullpen isn’t necessarily the power move that Blue Jays fans are looking for, but at least it adds some depth, so there is some consolation there.