Blue Jays announce Jordan Luplow has been lost on waivers

After previously being designated for assignment, the Toronto Blue Jays have announced that Jordan Luplow has been lost on waivers.
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Desperate to find a right-handed batter that can light up left-handed pitchers, the Toronto Blue Jays made the decision to bring outfielder Jordan Luplow aboard via waiver claim earlier in the 2023 campaign.

The 29-year-old had a few separate stints in the big leagues for the Blue Jays after shuffling back and forth between Triple-A and the majors a few times thanks to a previous DFA. Ultimately, the second time was the charm for him, as he has been claimed off of waivers and is moving on to another club. The Jays took to Twitter to announce that Luplow has been claimed by the Minnesota Twins. The Twins will now have to put him on their 40-man roster since they claimed him, but seem likely to send him down to Triple-A since he has one more minor league option remaining.

Update: Per report, Byron Burton is being placed on the injured list and Luplow is taking his spot on the Twins’ big league roster.

In a total of seven big league games for the Blue Jays this year, the seven-year veteran went just 3-for-14 with a run scored and a run driven in. He spent a decent amount of time on the roster but did not get much playing time at all, as has been the case with multiple other players like Nathan Lukes and Ernie Clement this year.

Down in the high minors, things went better for Luplow, as he made it into 48 games for the Buffalo Bisons, hitting 11 doubles and eight home runs with 27 runs scored, 31 driven in and a .779 OPS. He had produced enough in the minors to warrant a second selection to the big league squad, but that effort is ultimately for naught.

On the Twins, Luplow is likely to be a legitimate option see playing time at the big league level. The club is in first place at 56-54, but their lineup has been absolutely ravaged by injuries this year and it feels like the lineup is a revolving door. Don't be surprised to see the Twins deploy Luplow in a lefty-masher role just like the Blue Jays wanted to do.