On Monday afternoon the Blue Jays claimed infielder, Ty Kelly, from the New York Mets, adding some depth to the organization.
Sometimes it’s the little moves that make a big difference over the course of a 162 game season, so there’s always value in watching the waiver wire. The Blue Jays decided to take a shot on a New York Mets infielder by the name of Ty Kelly, claiming him on Monday afternoon.
The claim likely won’t impact the major league roster any time soon, but Kelly serves as valuable depth at several positions. He’s played all over the diamond throughout his professional career, but has primarily spent his time at second base, third base, and in the outfield.
The Blue Jays have a talented roster, but their depth chart is certainly boosted with Kelly’s addition. Kelly brings depth all over the place, his biggest value to the organization. He’s only played in 40 Major League games, all coming with the Mets, and has posted a .237/.347/.339 with 1 home run.
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Throughout his minor league career, Kelly has appeared in 901 games, with a .280/.381/.380 slash line. He’s not known for bringing much in the way of power, but his versatility brings a bit of value, especially if injuries stack up in a hurry.
In order to fit Kelly on the roster, the Blue Jays sent Glenn Sparkman to the 60 day DL. Sparkman broke his thumb during the Grapefruit League season, and it’ll will be awhile before he’s available again anyway.
Sparkman was claimed in the Rule 5 draft during the offseason, and the Blue Jays hope that he can provide an unexpected spark to the roster, just like the one Joe Biagini brought to the table last season. Kelly faces a similar situation, and will likely report to Triple A Buffalo to play with the Bisons, and wait for an opportunity with the big league club.