5 players whose 40-man roster spot is in jeopardy after Yariel Rodriguez signing

Yariel Rodriguez's addition to the Blue Jays' 40-man roster means there are 41 players fighting for 40 spots. Who is the odd man out?

Sep 24, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA;Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Trevor Richards (33)
Sep 24, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA;Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Trevor Richards (33) / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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RHP Mitch White

Mitch "I've Got Nine Lives" White was only just recently added (back) to the Blue Jays' 40-man roster. The right-hander came over via trade back in 2022 and has yet to find any sustained success at the big league level. The cost to acquire him from the Dodgers was a pair of prospects in Nick Frasso and Moises Brito, both of whom have taken to their new organization nicely.

White, 29, made 10 relief appearances for the Jays this past season but surrendered 11 runs (10 earned) on 15 hits in under 13 innings of work. His 7.11 ERA was better than the 7.74 he sported the year before, but the numbers have not been all that encouraging. That is, not until he made it to Triple-A Buffalo in 2023.

Let me start by saying that White's 5.19 ERA in Triple-A is not going to jump off the page. If anything, it jumps off the page in a negative way. However, his strikeout numbers shot up and he put together a string of solid starts that were obviously enough for the Jays to add him back to their roster.

Removing White so quickly after adding him to the roster may not be the likeliest outcome, but it's far from impossible. The fact that he can't seem to figure it out in the big leagues could be enough for the Jays to cut bait again, but he, like Parsons, could easily be kept on hand as minor league depth if he can pass through waivers once again.