Blue Jays release Danny Espinosa and Chad Girodo
The Toronto Blue Jays bid adieu to infielder Danny Espinosa who exercised his opt-out clause and pitcher Chad Girodo who was released by the club.
Infielder Danny Espinosa exercised his May 01st opt-out clause allowing the veteran to become a free agent. The Jays had inked Espinosa to a minor league pact midway through spring training however he was unable to break camp with the big club and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.
Espinosa struggled with the herd hitting .232/.271/.286 with no home runs and 15 strikeouts in 13 games with Buffalo. The 31-year old is an 8-year MLB veteran with 98 career round-trippers as he looks to land on his feet with a new organization.
Meanwhile, according to Matt Geddy of Baseball America, the Blue Jays also released hurler Chad Girodo. The 27-year old made his MLB debut in 2016 with the Jays making 14 appearances out of the bullpen. He sports a career 4.35 earned run average in 10.1 innings with the big club.
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The former 9th round selection of the Jays struggled in three Triple-A outings this season surrendering five earned runs in 3.2 innings on the bump. He does own a respectable 2.79 earned run average in 169 career games on the farm.
Girodo will look to latch on with a new employer, however, could be a likely candidate to take his services to the Pacific Rim.
The Jays have been busy of late tinkering with the roster demoting second baseman Devon Travis, recalling reliever Carlos Ramirez and infielder Gift Ngoepe while placing Randal Grichuk on the disabled list. The struggling Grichuk is expected to miss up to three weeks with a sprained knee he suffered making a diving catch.
Travis was the victim of a roster crunch with the bullpen desperately needing a fresh arm. Travis still had options remaining coupled with his less than impressive start to the 2018 campaign. Manager John Gibbons has already reiterated that Travis won’t be in Buffalo for an extended stay.
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You are all caught up on the latest roster moves as we await the next flurry of moves later this week when Josh Donaldson returns.