The November 20th deadline to set 40-man rosters came with a few decisions for Blue Jays management on some first-time eligible players. Catching prospect AJ Jimenez who spent most of the year recovering from Tommy John surgery and shortstop Ryan Goins who just finished a rough stint in the Arizona Fall League were added to the 40-man roster. Management must be higher on Goins than the rest of the world because he would be difficult for a team to carry on their roster for a full season.
Somewhat surprisingly, Mike McDade was removed from the 40-man and will be exposed to the Rule 5 draft. Though he had never put up the kind of offensive numbers expected from a 1B/DH, McDade had provided some hope in his time in the system with his strong defense and at least average offensive production. He would be difficult for a team to carry for a full season, but a rebuilding team like the Houston Astros may take a chance on him at the league minimum.
Also DFA’d were frequently flying supersub Mike McCoy and recently claimed former Yankee Cory Wade. McCoy had filled the organization’s needs all over the diamond including the mound in the last few seasons. He provided good value with his ability to play multiple positions, but he contributed very little on offense despite having above-average speed. Even if he is not claimed by another team, he was unlikely to see action for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013 barring another season filled with injuries because of the signing of Maicer Izturis and the arrival of Anthony Gose and Moises Sierra in the outfield.
Javier Avendano, a pitcher who relieved for the Lansing Lugnuts before earning some starts with the Vancouver Canadians, is a pitcher picked up in last year’s minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. He remains far enough away from the Majors that teams should be hesitant to draft him, but again, could be a tempting pickup for a rebuilding team. He projects as reliever anyways and would not be a devastating loss if he was lost.
Another name that will have to be exposed is Kevin Nolan, a SS who OPS’ed .855 at A+ Dunedin in his age 24 season, who is likely too far away from the Majors to be picked for a Major League roster spot.