The next 4 moves the Blue Jays need to make after the Santiago Espinal trade

What do the Jays need to do right now in the fallout of the Espinal trade?

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Add someone deserving back onto the 40-man roster 

With the departure of Espinal, a spot on the 40-man roster has opened up heading into the final week of spring training. The Jays can choose to wait and see who they want to put in that slot. But an even better idea would be to add a non-roster invitee that is truly deserving from their spring performance to date. That way, it would give them the motivation and assurance for finally being an important part of the team’s roster going forward.

With that in mind, one of those deserving players to be added is catcher Brian Serven. Claimed off waivers earlier this offseason from the Chicago Cubs to add catching depth to the organization, Serven has done everything he can this preseason to show that he can be a reliable third-string option for the team behind Danny Jansen and Alejandro Kirk. In 11 games of action thus far, he has hit .238 with a 1.095 OPS, along with 6 runs scored, a pair of doubles, 3 home runs, 12 RBI, 3 walks and just 4 strikeouts.

With Jansen likely out until the first or second week of April to start the year, Serven should slot in nicely as the primary backup behind Kirk. Since Serven is currently not on the 40-man roster, the Jays should just make things official and add him to the list after his strong showing this spring. And given Jansen’s injury woes in recent years, it might even be a good idea for the Jays to keep all of the three catchers on hand even when Jansen returns from his injury for insurance.