Sportsnet’s Jeff Blair hears from a source with a competing team that the Blue Jays are being “very aggressive” in their pursuit of free agent reliever Andrew Miller. The Jays did not make a qualifying offer to Casey Janssen, so they are certainly in the market for a closer.
Miller, 29, had an excellent season. The Red Sox, headed nowhere fast, traded him to the Orioles at the trade deadline in exchange for minor leaguer Eduardo Rodriguez. Miller finished the season with an aggregate 2.02 ERA and a 103/17 K/BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings. During the post-season, Miller pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings with an 8/1 K/BB ratio.
Though Miller has never been a full-time closer, he is drawing interest as one. It’s certainly plausible with the prodigious strikeout and walk numbers he posted this past season.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.