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Jays sign Rafael Dolis

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The Blue Jays signed 32 year old, right-handed pitcher Rafael Dolis.

Dolis last pitched in the MLB in 2013 with the Cubs. Career, in the majors, he’s pitched in 40 games with a 5.48 ERA. In 44.1 innings he allowed 43 hits, 5 homers, 26 walks and 25 strikeouts.

Since 2016 he’s been playing in Japan. In 4 seasons he has a 2.49 ERA, 96 saves and 227 strikeouts and 52 walks in 206 innings.

He’s a big guy 6’4”, 215 lb. And he throws hard, averaging 96 MPH on the fastball, but apparently can hit 98 or 99. Before going to Japan he was a fastball/slider pitcher, and I imagine that hasn’t changed.

Shi Davidi tells us that he’s getting $1 million this year and the team has a $1.5 million option for 2021, with no buyout.

For a million dollars, he’s worth the roster spot.

No word yet on who is coming off the 40-man to make room for him. We likely won’t find out until the Jays officially announce the deal.