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

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Tayler Saucedo (New York Mets)

The career Blue Jay prospect climbed to the majors in 2021 and made four more appearances last year. Unfortunately, after surrendering six hits, three home runs and four runs over 2.2 innings in April he never really got another shot. This past November the New York Mets claimed him off of waivers.

Max Castillo (Kansas City Royals)

A lot of Blue Jays fans got really excited for 23-year-old prospect Max Castillo. Castillo's season started with the Buffalo Bisons where he had a 0.66 ERA over 27.1 innings pitched that led to a big league cameo. He would make nine appearances and had a respectable 3.05 ERA and a 0.968 WHIP over 20.2 innings. Castillo would be one of two prospects (Samad Taylor) traded to acquire Whit Merrifield from the Kansas City Royals in early August.

Andrew Vasquez (Philadelphia Phillies)

The Blue Jays signed Andrew Vasquez during Spring Training last year after having strong numbers through the Minnesota Twins minor league system. Vasquez made nine appearances early in the season and had some struggles in his first appearances, but seemed to be building some confidence until an ankle injury sidelined him for about six weeks. Shortly after getting healthy he would go on waivers and be claimed three separate times between August and November. He is currently a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Anthony Banda (Washington Nationals)

The Blue Jays acquired Anthony Banda from the Pittsburgh Pirates mid season and he made seven appearances surrendering three runs over 6.1 innings. Banda was unable to stick with the club and was released, eventually spending the remainder of the season with a few different teams. He would become a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals in late December.

Foster Griffin (Yomiuri Giants - Japan)

The Blue Jays acquired Foster Griffin in a small trade with the Kansas City Royals in July. He would make his one and only appearance in September, tossing two shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts. Griffin was released from his contract in November. Griffin announced via Twitter this past week that he would be signing with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

Anthony Kay (Chicago Cubs)

One of two pieces the club acquired in the Marcus Stroman trade, Anthony Kay had an injury-filled season in 2022. He became victim of the depth organization had built up and was DFA'd just before Christmas. The Chicago Cubs claimed the left-hander off of waivers and he will try and earn a spot on their 26-man roster for 2023.

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