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Toronto Blue Jays finally designate Derek Fisher for assignment

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 06: Derek Fisher #23 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 06, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 06: Derek Fisher #23 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 06, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, the Toronto Blue Jays have designated outfielder Derek Fisher for assignment. The move is long overdue although a little surprising seeing most felt that newcomer Joel Payamps would be the roster casualty to free up a spot for David Phelps.

The Blue Jays acquired Fisher at the 2019 trade deadline from the Houston Astros in exchange for Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini and Cal Stevenson. Fisher never capitalized on his opportunity in Toronto hitting just .177/.295/.395 with seven home runs and 54 strikeouts in 56 games.

Adding to his issues were his lack luster attempt at defence in the outfield for the Jays. Fisher made the outfield an adventure committing four errors in 74 chances including a couple fly balls of his noodle.

The brain trust have made a flurry of roster moves in the past 24 hours signing David Phelps, claiming Joel Payamps and designating both Fisher and Shun Yamaguchi for assignment.

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In parts of four season in the majors with the Astros and Blue Jays, Fisher sports an unimpressive .194/.286/.376 slash line with 17 homers and 164 whiffs in 168 MLB games. The Blue Jays have a stacked outfield with the likes of George Springer, Randal Grichuk, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Teoscar Hernandez and Jonathan Davis making Fisher expendable.

The cutting ties of Fisher and Yamaguchi prove the front office is serious about winning and is going to roster the best available players regardless of their salary or presumed potential. Yamaguchi is owed over $3 million for the 2021 campaign while Fisher wasn’t scheduled to hit free agency until 2025.

It will be interesting to see if either player make it through waivers as most teams are crafting their final rosters with spring training just around the corner. Someone not expected to contend may take a flyer on Fisher while it is doubtful anyone picks up Yamaguchi with his associated price tag.

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I have waited to type this article since last summer and FINALLY the Jays have seen the light bidding adieu to Fisher.

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