As the 2023 trade deadline approaches in just a few weeks time, many teams have been starting to gear up for the battle for potential assets, along with the reshaping of their rosters, in preparation for the playoff push in the coming months. Among them are the Toronto Blue Jays, who are right in the thick of things, with a 37-30 record, battling for the AL wild card spots with the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Angels as their closest competitors.
In doing so, the Jays will be looking to make improvements on their roster in preparation for the stretch run, whether that be trading for players to help the ballclub, or removing players from their roster that may no longer be helping the team. Here, we will take a look at four current Blue Jays that may find themselves losing their spot on the major league roster by the end of the month.
Two years ago, when the Jays’ bullpen was in shambles as games were being blown left and right, Jays’ management knew they had to act fast to help resolve the situation before the season was lost. In doing so, one of their key moves was the acquisition of Adam Cimber from the Miami Marlins. Using his unique, funky delivery to baffle hitters and limit strong contact, Cimber was able to help stabilize the Jays’ bullpen along with Trevor Richards, and provided the necessary boost to keep the team in playoff contention until the very end. After joining the team in late June in 2021, Cimber pitched to a stellar 1.69 ERA, 266 ERA+, 0.964 WHIP, giving up only 7 earned runs, two home runs, walking five and striking out 30 over 37.1 innings pitched.
However, after a strong follow-up season in 2022, things have begun to unravel for Cimber for the 2023 season. After starting the year on a high note, his struggles began midway through April, as he surrendered runs in three of four outings, before eventually landing on the IL with a right rhomboid strain. The injury was thought to be a blessing in disguise, giving a chance for Cimber to reset and come back stronger than ever. Unfortunately, since coming off the IL near the end of May, his reliability has been even worse than before. Overall, his stats line now stands at a 6.75 ERA, 1.554 WHIP, 14 earned runs including five home runs, 22 hits, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched. His funky delivery is no longer fooling anyone and has been hit hard as a result of it. If he doesn’t turn it around very soon, his spot in the Jays’ big league bullpen could be in jeopardy.