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Chris Rowley Claimed Off Waivers by Texas Rangers

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Here’s something I didn’t expect to read today. In an effort to clear Rowley’s spot on the 40 man roster, the Blue Jays put him on waivers and he was claimed by the Texas Rangers.

Rowley has been having a fine year in AAA - he is 5-6 in 17 starts with a 3.30 ERA, and a 1.386 WHIP. His FIP is higher, at 4.89. He was recalled recently, and has appeared in relief in two games. In the first, he gave up a walk off grand slam to the Red Sox, but he did get three ground ball outs. They just weren’t converted. He retired the one hitter he faced in the second outing.

As you may recall, Rowley made his major league debut with the Jays last year. He has a fascinating story, being an army vet and the first West Point grad to make it to the big leagues. In his debut, he pitched 5 and 13 innings of one run ball against the Pirates, and left to a standing ovation.

I am completely perplexed by this. There are realistically going to be several 40 man spots opening up over the next 8 days, why would you risk losing a pitcher like him this way, that is, for nothing? Furthermore, it’s unfortunate to lose him to Texas Rangers.

Lastly, personally, I am very sad to see him go as he was so incredibly kind to me in Spring Training.

Chris, we wish you nothing but the best going forward.