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

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Bradley Zimmer (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Everybody's favorite outfielder, Bradley Zimmer managed to be on the Blue Jays roster almost the entire season. In August, the Philadelphia Phillies would claim Zimmer off waivers, but less than two weeks later, the Blue Jays would reclaim him. Throughout the season, he got into 100 games with the club, almost exclusively as a late inning defensive replacement or pinch runner. In total, Zimmer had 101 plate appearances and had nine hits, with six of them being for extra bases. Zimmer signed on this offseason with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a minor league contract.

Sergio Romo (Free Agent)

It felt like a lot more than six games and 3.2 innings pitched, but that was how long Sergio Romo was with the club in mid-season last year. After being released from the team, Romo signed on with the Acereros del Norte in Mexico where he pitched just two shutout innings. There are no rumours, but I would expect to hear something in regards to his retirement over the next few months.

Jeremy Beasley (Hanshin Tigers - Japan)

Jeremy Beasley appeared to be one of those Quad-A players; as he was very good at Triple-A, but not quite good enough to stick around in the majors. Beasley made nine appearances for the Blue Jays in 2022 and had some respectful numbers as he struck out 19 over 15 innings, but also surrendered four home runs. He would eventually be sold the to Pittsburgh Pirates in August and released by the organization at the end of the season. Beasley has since signed on with the Hanshin Tigers of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan.

Jackie Bradley Jr (Free Agent)

After the Boston Red Sox released former Gold Glove outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in early August, the Blue Jays swooped in and signed him for the remainder of the season. Bradley was used as an upgrade on Zimmer, but he still struggled and had minimal playing time. In 80 plate appearances, Bradley went 13-for-73 (.178) and was granted free agency at the end of the season. Bradley remains a free agent.

Tyler Heineman (Pittsburgh Pirates)

The Blue Jays signed Tyler Heineman during Spring Training and he got into 10 games going 4-for-15 (.267) before being claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates in May. Heineman re-signed with the Pirates on a minor league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Gosuke Katoh (Free Agent)

The former first round pick of the New York Yankees, Gosuke Katoh spent almost nine years going thorugh the minor leagues before signing za minor league deal with the Blue Jays. Katoh would make his Major League debut on April 9 and a few weeks later collect his first and only career base hit. After going 1 for 7 with a double, Katoh would be DFA'd and spend the season in the New York Mets organization until he was released at the end of the year. Katoh is another player without a job heading into Spring Training.