The Blue Jays are playing a man down due to a dumb roster rule

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Blue Jays reliever reliever Aaron Loup had a family emergency that caused him to miss Game 4 of the ALCS yesterday and Game 5 today. That leaves the Jays one man short. Why? Because there is no bereavement leave in the playoffs.

As Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post explains, the Jays even petitioned the league to allow them to put Loup on the disabled list. They did this knowing that, if he was DL’d, he’d be lost for the World Series if the Jays get that far too. That rule makes sense in that it keeps teams from making phony DL designations.

The no bereavement rule, however, doesn’t make a lot of sense. Perhaps it’s there in order to prevent roster shenanigans as well, but this isn’t middle school and no one is going to lie about their grandmother dying or come back with a phony excuse note signed “Epstein’s Mother’s Doctor.” In this day and age such a thing would not be able to be kept a secret either, and any team which tried to game the bereavement list in the playoffs would have to deal with a huge fallout. It’s just not worth it and is pretty self-policing, one would think.

A team should be allowed to replace a player if real life intrudes and deprives them of his services. Here’s hoping Major League Baseball revisits this rule.

Report: Blake Treinen signs one-year, $10 million deal with Dodgers

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Free agent reliever Blake Treinen has signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Dodgers, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports.

Treinen, 31, was non-tendered by the Athletics last week as he entered his third year of arbitration eligibility. Despite finishing as arguably baseball’s best reliever in 2018, Treinen had a disappointing 2019 campaign, posting a 4.91 ERA with 16 saves, 59 strikeouts, and 37 walks over 58 2/3 innings.

Treinen will join the back of the Dodgers’ bullpen along with Joe Kelly, Pedro Báez, and Kenley Jansen. Jansen still figures to be the closer, but Treinen could eventually assume the role if he comes back into form and Jansen doesn’t.