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Blue Jays claim Preston Guilmet and Scott Barnes

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MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo tells us this:

Guilmet has been a closer in the minors, picking up 100 saves in last 5 seasons, in the Indians and Orioles system. As a minor leaguer, he's pitched in 236 games, 15 starts, he's pitched 346 innings, gave up 274 hits, 29 home runs, 74 walks and 378 strikeouts.

Preston is a 27 year old right-hander. He's had a couple of cups of coffee in the majors, pitching in 4 games for the Indians in 2013 and 10 games for the Orioles in 2014. In total 15.2 innings,  6.89 ERA, 16 hits allowed, 2 home runs, 5 walks and 12 strikeouts. He's listed at 6'2", 200 lb.

The scouting book says:

One of the future button-men angling to join the Cleveland bullpen, righthander Preston Guilmet is easily-identified by his unusual over-the-top delivery, which he uses to bring low-90's heat as well as quality splitters and sliders at opposing hitters. The movement he gets from that, combined with his good control (he's never walked more than a couple of batters per nine at any level of play) makes him look like a very good late-inning reliever a year or two from now, should the MLB Indians feel lacking in options.

It sounds like a nice pick up for the Bisons and someone that can be called up to sit in the pen for a day and then, likely, get placed on waivers and taken by someone else.

For those that want to complain about all the waiver claims, Merry Christmas.

UPDATE (Minor Leaguer)

The Blue Jays filled up their 40-man roster by also claiming left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes. Barnes, 27, pitched in two short stints with the Cleveland Indians in 2012 and 2013. He was traded to the Orioles for cash earlier this offseason after being designated for assignment, he was then waived by the Orioles in December and claimed by the Rangers. Eight days later, he was DFAed again by the Rangers and was then claimed by the Blue Jays.

Barnes spent last season in triple-A in a relief role, logging 31 innings while recording a 3.69 ERA, striking out 35 and walking 16. He missed the second half of the 2014 season with a lat strain, pitching in his final game on June 27 against the Bisons.

Here is the updated roster route map:

Roster Route 31