In what was an expected move, the Toronto Blue Jays designated pitcher David Purcey for assignment on Tuesday.
The Jays made the move one day after their bullpen blew a massive lead to the lowly Seattle Mariners; a loss they took in part because nobody in the 'pen seemed to be able to throw strikes—a problem that has been the Achilles heel for Purcey throughout his career.
In five games this season, the inconsistent Purcey posted an awful ERA of 11.57 to go along with his four walks. Not good numbers for someone competing to keep their job in what is one of the best bullpens in baseball.
Now that Purcey has been designated for assignment, Alex Anthopolous now has 10 days to either trade Purcey, release him or place him on waivers. Anthopolous has made it quite clear that he has every intention of trying to trade Purcey.
Even though Purcey has struggled this year, he has had past success and there are several teams out there, like the Houston Astros, that may be willing to take a chance on a left-handed power arm.
So, it is quite likely that David will be traded relatively soon.
In addition to designating David Purcey for assignment, the Blue Jays also officially placed speedy outfielder Rajai Davis on the 15-day disabled list.
As a result, GM Alex Anthopolous recalled relievers Casey Janssen and Brad Mills from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Casey Janssen, who was consistent out of the bullpen early this season, was sent down just a few days ago and was extremely upset. Anthopolous, however, was clear that the move was only made because Janssen had options.
Brad Mills has been called up a few times in past years to replace starters in the rotation. This time however, he is with the club to provide an extra arm for a bullpen that has been exhausted; another factor in his addition was that he is a left-hander.
I called this move surprising in my title because the move now gives the Jays eight arms in the bullpen and only three players on the bench, which is a rare sight in baseball.
However, it won't be like this for too much longer, as when three players return from injuries, the roster should balance out properly.
When Frank Francisco returns, Brad Mills will likely go down and when Brandon Morrow comes back, a starter will go down, which will still leave it unbalanced. However, when Rajai Davis returns the Jays will likely send down an arm from the bullpen, which I fear will be Janssen.
It will be interesting to watch where Purcey ends up and what the Jays will get in return. It will also be interesting to see how Alex Anthopolous organizes the roster upon the return of key players.
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