Blue Jays: Those in danger of being dropped from the 40-man roster
As the Blue Jays trudge on towards September and are trying to find their way into postseason contention, the club will need to go on a pretty hot run if they want to find themselves in an AL Wild Card spot. Right now, the team is currently 4.5 games back with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners ahead of them as the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics currently hold the two spots.
While Ross Atkins did go out and find some pitchers for the bullpen and another competent starter in Jose Berrios, the Blue Jays are still struggling late in games, evident by their latest 3-6 road trip. The Blue Jays do have some reinforcements in the minor leagues who are on the 40-man roster like Nate Pearson, A.J. Cole (rehab assignment), and Julian Merryweather (rehab assignment), there are a few others who are playing well down in Buffalo that could be considered as an asset to the team to finish the season but they don’t have a roster spot at the moment.
Pitchers like Bryan Baker, Dany Jimenez, Hobie Harris, and even Jacob Waguespack are having great seasons down in AAA but none of them are on the 40-man. The Blue Jays have had quite a bit of success with promoting internally, with Kirby Snead, Connor Overton, and Tayler Saucedo (at times) were all pitching well compared to some of the veteran players like Brad Hand and the now DFA Rafael Dolis.
The Toronto Blue Jays will be in a roster crunch when players return from the IL and some may be in danger of being dropped from the 40-man roster.
With active rosters expanding soon to 28 players and a few players like Cole, Merryweather (although he did have a setback), and Carl Edwards Jr. set to return from the 60-day IL, some roster moves will have to be made by the front office to either bring these players back from the IL or to call up another prospect to finish the season.
These are some of the players who could be moved off the 40-man roster before the season comes to an end.