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Alex Anthopoulos has struck again! Once again, he has gone the passive aggressive route to attaining talent. According to an official team tweet, the Toronto Blue Jays have claimed first baseman, Matt Hague, off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates:
If you’re like me, you will have said, “Who?” So, here you go. Matt Hague was drafted in 2008 by the Pirates. He’s amassed a whopping total of 74 MLB plate appearances in 2012 and 2 more in 2014.The bulk of his career has been spent at AAA Indianapolis of the International League:
As you can see, he’s got some extra base pop. According to Fangraphs, Hague hits righties to the tune of .188 while hitting lefties at a .292 clip. It seems the Blue Jays search for someone, anyone who can hit left handed pitching continues.
The Blue Jays will send the 28 year old to Buffalo where he will bring a right handed bat to the first base position. Currently, the Bisons have Brett Wallace and Dan Johnson manning that position. Both are left handed batters.
One has to wonder if this is just pure roster filler. It would appear so.