Blue Jays: Which members of the 2022 roster have departed and where did they go?

David Corcoran
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Ross Stripling (San Francisco Giants)

Ross Stripling became a fan favorite during his third season with the club as many would say he saved the Blue Jays season. Stripling would start the season in the bullpen, but move into the starting rotation when opportunity arose and he capitalized. The veteran right-handed pitcher posted a 9-4 record with a 2.92 ERA as a starter that included a 0.981 WHIP over 24 games.

Many fans were hoping to see Stripling return to the team, but for unknown reasons it did not come to fruition. He would sign on with the San Francisco Giants on a two-year deal worth $25M, which seems like a steal.

Ryan Borucki (Chicago Cubs)

The former 15th-round pick by the Blue Jays came up through the system and had a promising start to his career in 2018 when he made 17 starts and had a 3.87 ERA over 97.2 innings pitched. Injuries would eventually lead him to the bullpen. After struggling to start the season with a 9.95 ERA he was traded to the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguer Tyler Keenan. Borucki would become a free agent at the end of the season and has signed with the Chicago Cubs on a minor league contract.

David Phelps (Free Agent)

David Phelps signed with the Blue Jays in 2022, which was his third one-year contract with the club after one-year contracts in 2019 and 2021. Phelps made 65 appearances posting a 2.83 ERA and averaging more than a strike out per inning.

Phelps is currently still a free agent and will be turning 37 this upcoming October. If he is still interested in playing and I were the Blue Jays, I would offer him an invite to camp.

Zack Collins (Free Agent)

The Blue Jays acquired Zack Collins at the start of the 2022 season in exchange for Reese McGuire. The main purpose fo the deal was that McGuire had no more minor league options, while Collins could be sent down without risk of losing him. Collins would suit up for 26 games for the club posting a slash line of .194/.266/.417, however would be DFA'd in September and claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He would get into a handful of games with the Pirates, but would elect free agency this past November. As of right now, Collins has yet to sign with any club.

Raimel Tapia (Free Agent)

The player known for losing his helmet every time he rounded the bases, Raimel Tapia was part of a Spring Training trade with the Colorado Rockies for Randal Grichuk. Originally, it was predicted that Tapia would be the fourth outfielder, but due to injuries he got into 128 games. Tapia showed some surprising power throughout the year with 30 extra base hits, however struggled to get on base as he posted a .292 OBP and struck out five times more than he walked (81:16). The club did not offer him a contract at the end of the season. Tapia is currently a free agent.

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