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Blue Jays select Tim Mayza, option Leonel Campos, release Taylor Cole

Chris Smith passes through outright waivers and is sent to Buffalo

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Tim Mayza
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Two ineffective outings in low-leverage games have spelled the (temporary) end for reliever Leonel Campos, who was optioned to Buffalo today. In his place, the Blue Jays have selected lefty reliever Tim Mayza, who will be making his major league debut in his first appearance.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Taylor Cole was given his unconditional release. Cole, who made his major league debut on August 9 this year after playing in the Blue Jays organization since 2011, was disposed of after fracturing his toe in his only big league game. He turns 28 on Sunday. At least he will always have the memory of striking out future hall-of-famer Aaron Judge.

Mayza, 25, hails from Pennsylvania and was the Blue Jays’ 12th round pick in 2013. He has played in all seven levels of the minor leagues (truly having gone around the nest), making his triple-A debut in early July. The hard-throwing Mayza is certainly worth a look, as Matt W discussed, and he certainly has a higher chance contributing long-term than Cole.

Chris Smith, who was DFAed to make room for Mike Ohlman, cleared waivers and was outrighted to triple-A Buffalo.

UPDATE: The Blue Jays have signed lefty Brett Anderson, whose career has been plagued by injuries, to a minor league contract. If you can’t trust the Blue Jays training staff to keep you healthy, who can you trust?