The Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Jose Tabata, per a report from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Details have yet to be confirmed by the team.
Tabata, 28, was traded to the Dodgers halfway through the 2015 season for the Pirates’ Mike Morse. Neither outfielder performed spectacularly for their new teams, and Tabata floundered through two short-lived stints in Triple-A Oklahoma before getting released by the club last June. From there, he signed on with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League, batting a cool .244/.340/.333 with six extra bases during the latter half of their 2016 run.
Heyman adds that the outfielder has a major league invite, though he looks very unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster out of spring training.
The Mets have signed pitchers Vance Worley and Scott Copeland minor league deals.
Worley had signed with the Reds in January but was cut by Cincinnati after failing to impress in spring training. That comes on the heels of a disastrous 2017 in which he pitched in 24 games for the Marlins, 12 as a starter, and posted an ugly 6.91 ERA, giving up 99 hits in 71.2 innings. He was much better in 2016 with the Orioles, in which he had a 3.53 ERA with a much lower hit rate in 31 relief appearances and four starts. As is so often the case, when a guy has some good year, as Worley has, he’ll get two or three or sometimes more chances to show he’s truly cooked. Worley will now try to make the most of it, most likely at Los Vegas.
Copeland with the Marlins last year too, though he spent all year at Triple-A. Copeland hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2015, when he posted a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings with the Blue Jays.
Viva organizational depth.