Blue Jays Roster: Club Claims Matt Dominguez

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In September, there tends to be a lot of movement with MLB rosters. They expand to allow for clubs to call up young talent of fill in players to provide rest for regulars. Of course, while players move up and down, it doesn’t mean that they can’t change organizations.

The Toronto Blue Jays have made a minor roster move on Sunday. According to reports, the club has claimed third baseman, Matt Dominguez from the Brewers. Fans should not expect that this is a major roster move, though. It is likely to add more organizational depth.

Regardless, it did come as a bit of a surprise when MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm filled us in on the move.

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Fans might remember that Dominguez played for the Houston Astros in 2014. After hitting .215 there, he split 2015 between there and the Brewers organization. A year at AAA didn’t exactly yield eye popping numbers. This year, Dominguez collected a line of .269/.310/.410. In 117 games, he hit 10 HR and 56 RBI. He walked just 19 times. He struck out 65. On the defensive side, he has committed 3 errors this season in 289 chances.

Dominguez was selected as the 12th overall pick in the 2007 Draft by the Florida Marlins. Since then, Fangraphs.com says he’s been worth a total of -1.5 WAR. You might ask yourself who went first that year? Well, none other than your David Price. In fact, Richard Griffin provides us with an interesting tidbit:

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  • A quick look at the Buffalo Bisons roster shows us that the only third baseman they have on hand is Andy Burns. They may have guys who can fill in, but they are mostly middle infielders. Dominguez will fill out that roster. But, we also need to remember that the Bisons play their final game of 2015 on Monday. It is unlikely that Dominguez will provide them with much help, if any.

    Instead, we should view this as a depth move. It remains to be seen if he gets called up to the big league club on Tuesday. With the Bisons’ season over, he could indeed see time at the Rogers Centre. He could be used to spell MVP candidate, Josh Donaldson. It wouldn’t hurt. Or, he very well could see no big league action.

    This is not likely a move that will send fans into a tizzy. Dominguez is nothing more than an extra organizational piece at this point. But, rather than poo poo moves like this (as we’ve all done in the past) and call them “dumpster diving”, we should really relish in the fact that this roster is so good that it doesn’t need big additions. That work was done a while ago.

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