The Blue Jays recently claimed Paredes off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles
The Toronto Blue Jays have made a series of roster moves prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Paredes is the headline name from this transaction as the Blue Jays look to add a power tool and some level of positional versatility to their bench. While his defence hasn’t earned him a great deal of trust in the past, he did manage to hit ten home runs with 42 RBIs for the Baltimore Orioles last season playing primarily as a designated hitter.
A switch-hitter, Paredes performed much better against right-handers in 2015 with a slash line of .278 / .312 / .428, but struggled mightily with strikeouts. After a monster start to the season Paredes really saw his performance taper off in the second half, so this could be about catching lightining in a bottle for the Blue Jays.
Venditte arrives in the bullpen as a second left-handed option alongside rookie Chad Girodo as the Blue Jays are without Brett Cecil (15-day DL), Franklin Morales (15-day DL), and Aaron Loup (rehab stint).
The ambidextrous Venditte has pitched 3.2 innings with the major league club this season, allowing three runs on four runs and five hits. His triple-A numbers have been expectedly better, with a 3.86 ERA of nine and a third innings.