Quote of the Day: Joba Chamberlain

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“If they want me to fold towels, I’ll fold towels.  I don’t really care. Whatever they see fit, I want to help this team win in any role that I’m in.”

Joba Chamberlain, wisely anticipating that he won’t be in the playoff rotation following yet another lackluster performance.

Chamberlain is 0-4 with 8.42 ERA in his last eight starts. The Yankees, of course, will get to choose the ALDS schedule which will allow them to go with only three starters, so this is probably not too big a deal unless and until they make the ALCS.  If that happens I suppose fourth starts will be committee outings.

Blue Jays sign Danny Espinosa to minors deal

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Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.

Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.

Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.