5 Blue Jays players that have been major disappointments this season

Which Blue Jays have failed to meet expectations so far this year in 2023?
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Adam Cimber

For those that could recall, Adam Cimber was acquired along with Corey Dickerson from the Miami Marlins back in 2021 by the Jays in a desperate move to revamp their bullpen that had been struggling mightily for the season. Along with Trevor Richards, who was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers just a week following the Marlins trade, they helped resurrect the Jays’ relief corps down the stretch in helping the ballclub become strong contenders for the postseason. Cimber would finish that season with a sparkling 1.69 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, while giving up only seven earned runs, five walks and 30 strikeouts in 37.1 innings pitched with the Jays following the trade.

Cimber would continue his successful run with his new ballclub right into the 2022 season, as once again, he was one of the main cogs of the Jays’ bullpen. He would go on to post a strong 10-6 record, along with 19 holds, four saves, 2.80 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 13 walks and 58 strikeouts in 70.2 innings of work.

However, it had suddenly become a nightmarish season for Cimber when 2023 rolled around. After starting off the year on a good note, it had been all downhill for him from the end of April and onwards. The normally reliable and consistent Cimber suddenly became batting practice for opposing hitters. As a result, he has endured his worst season ever in his career, compiling a gaudy 7.40 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, giving up 17 earned runs including six home runs (tying his career high), seven walks and 12 strikeouts in just 20.2 innings pitched. To make matters worse, he was met with multiple injuries along the way, including a right shoulder impingement that has now put him out most likely for the rest of the season.