There is a little bit of news this evening.
Jonathan Davis is making the team out of spring training. George Springer hit off a tee today, but I think this news means that Springer either won’t be on the roster to start the season or won’t be playing outfield at the start of the season. Either way, great news for Davis. He’s had a good spring, and he’s the best defensive outfielder we have (at least until Chavez Young gets a little closer to major league ready.
And Robbie Ray will not make his first start of the season. He’s been so good this spring that I’m really sad to hear this, but he should make the start the second time through the rotation. No word on who will fill in, but TJ Zeuch looked really good this spring, or Anthony Kay might get the start. He had a good spring until today. Kay took the grounder off the shin but he says it is just a bruise.
Earlier today the Jays announced that Riley Adams, Santiago Espinal, Josh Palacios, and Joel Payamps were optioned. As well Dany Jimenez, Kevin Smith, Kirby Snead, Richard Urena, Forrest Wall (who, quietly, had a great spring) and Tyler White have been reassigned to the minor league camp. That doesn’t mean that we won’t see them in one of the last few spring games (Kirby, Wall, Snead, and Urena all played in today’s game.
Shi Davidi tells us that, since Kirby Yates won’t be making any of the $4.5 million in incentives that are in his contract, the team has that much extra money. That money was in the budget, so if they do want to add a body they have some cash.
I doubt that means they will be adding anyone right away, but they do have some flexibility if something comes up.