Blue Jays claim Luke Maile and retain Mike Bolsinger

Mar 25, 2017; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Luke Maile (21) runs home to score a run during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2017; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Luke Maile (21) runs home to score a run during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Toronto Blue Jays bolstered their minor league depth yesterday claiming catcher Luke Maile from the Tampa Bay Rays and retaining pitcher Mike Bolsinger who cleared waivers.

The Blue Jays added depth to the catching position claiming 26-year old Luke Maile from their division rival Tampa Bay Rays. The former 8th round selection in the 2012 amateur draft has 57 major league games under his belt over the past two seasons with the Rays.

Maile owns a career .214/.234/.338 slash line with 33 hits including 3 home runs in 161 career plate appearances in the majors. The backstop does have a career .257 batting average with 19 round trippers in 400 minor league contests

The new Blue Jay will provide minor league catching depth complimenting the likes of Mike Ohlman, Juan Graterol, Max Pentecost and Reese McGuire on the farm.

The Blue Jays also received some good news yesterday when pitcher Mike Bolsinger cleared through waivers unclaimed. The hurler will now remain with the team pitching for the Buffalo Bisons until his services are required with the big club.

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Bolsinger was out of options and poised to make the team out of spring but after a rough outing in Montreal the Blue Jays cut ties with him and opted to take Ryan Tepera north with the team.

The 29-year old was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers last August in exchange for pitcher Jesse Chavez.

The hurlers best season was in 2015 when he started 21 games for the Dodgers pitching to a 6-6 record with an impressive 3.62 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 109.1 innings of work. His 2016 campaign was derailed by injuries including an oblique injury that lingered for most of the season.

Bolsinger has plenty of upside and could be a diamond in the rough as the season progresses. No word if the Blue Jays plan to stretch him out as a starter in Buffalo as of yet.

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The Blue Jays had room on the farm for the new additions after cutting ties with the Gavin Floyd, Brad Allen, Jackson Lowery, Luis Sanchez, Stuart Holmes, Daniel Moritz, Brett Wellman, Alfredo Bohorquez and D.J. McKnight last week.

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