Yesterday was a busy day for the Blue Jays. They signed outfielder Chris Coghlan, while waiving pitcher Mike Bolsinger.
One thing that has been criticized about the Jays has been their outfield. Despite having Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista anchoring it, the left side looks weaker. The Jays added some depth to that side by signing Chris Coghlan to a minor-league contract.
This signing has significance outside of the fact that they added depth. The Jays have also been in on outfielder Angel Pagan, but this seems to close the door on that. Coghlan would take over the role Pagan would’ve filled, as the veteran backup who can slide in wherever and whenever.
Coghlan gives the Jays someone who can step in case of an injury in the outfield and a veteran who can help mentor young outfielders, like Dalton Pompey, in the minors. Coghlan also has some positional flexibility, having played second and third base in the past couple of years. But he figures to mostly be an outfielder while with the Jays.
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This signing comes after the 2009 Rookie of the Year was released by the Philadelphia Phillies on March 28.
The second piece of news out of today was the announcement that the Jays would be waiving swingman pitcher Mike Bolsinger.
This move makes sense because if the Jays want Bolsinger to be a starter, they can stretch him out in Buffalo, and keep him ready for a starting job in case someone gets injured.
This move comes after Bolsinger pitched in the Jays last pre-season game against the Pirates, getting roughed up in just 0.1 innings, letting up five hits and three runs.
Bolsinger was originally acquired by Toronto last season at the deadline from the Dodgers for Jesse Chavez. If Bolsinger clears waivers, he will go to AAA Buffalo.