Blue Jays Designate Robert Ray For Assignment

The Blue Jays designated right-hander Robert Ray for assignment to create 40-man roster space for Eric Thames, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm (on Twitter). The Blue Jays placed Adam Lind on the 15-day disabled list and called on Thames to take Lind's 25-man roster spot.

Ray, 27, appeared in a handful of games for the Blue Jays in 2009 and 2010. He is currently on the 7-day DL in Triple-A and has not yet appeared in a game this year. In parts of six minor league seasons, he has a 4.19 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9.

Thames, 24, has a .342/.419/.610 line in 167 plate appearances at Triple-A with 17 doubles and six homers as an outfielder. He hit 27 homers at Double-A last year and has a .303/.381/.529 line over the course of three minor league seasons.

According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, the Blue Jays called on Thames rather than Brett Lawrie, since they wanted a left-handed bench bat in Lind's absence (Twitter link). When Lawrie gets the call, he'll join the team as an everyday player. 


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30 Comments on "Blue Jays Designate Robert Ray For Assignment"


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Lunchbox45
4 years 1 month ago

Isn’t he still injured?

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4 years 1 month ago

 Robert Ray was a perennial AAAA player. Occasionally being called up to the majors, but he wasn’t good enough to stay there. This makes room for some new talent. being called up to the majors, but he wasn’t good enough to stay there. This makes room for some new talent.

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hurley55
4 years 1 month ago

So i’m guessing Thames will be used primarily at DH, Patterson in LF, EE 1b, Rivera to the bench?

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Lunchbox45
4 years 1 month ago

I’d put Thames in LF, Rivera DH, EE 1B and Patterson bench

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hurley55
4 years 1 month ago

me too but I think farrell has a hard on for him in the 2 spot…him and his .293 career OBP… ugh

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Lunchbox45
4 years 1 month ago

no wonder Jbau has 11 Solo HR’s

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johnsmith4
4 years 1 month ago

some baseball people like to have a left handed bat in the two spot to take advantage of the hole created by the 1B holding the leadoff baserunner 

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ARodinyourPujols
4 years 1 month ago

 I actually like Patterson a lot more then Rivera right now. His speed works well with how we are trying to play right now and he has been hitting the ball pretty well. I say keep him in left and put Thames at DH for the time being. 

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$5427573
4 years 1 month ago

 Anyone see Patterson being traded in a package with him upping his value so far this season?  Of course only if Thames works out.

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Lunchbox45
4 years 1 month ago

Patterson pretty much has no trade value  

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Sniderlover
4 years 1 month ago

According to Farrell, he will play LF and DH.

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Jose_Bautista
4 years 1 month ago

Good news to see Thames up here.
Bas news to see Lind’s injury is serious than they expected.

Hopefully Thames leaves his mark so we can say good bye to Rivera. 

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Sniderlover
4 years 1 month ago

I don’t think Lind will be out for full 15 days, it’s until May 24 or so I’ve heard so it’s not as bad.

Jays badly needed an outfielder. 

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Lunchbox45
4 years 1 month ago

Its retroactive beginning May 8, he is eligible for return May 23rd. Farrell said he fully expects him to be available then.

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johnsmith4
4 years 1 month ago

Robert Ray was in his final season of minor league assignment options.

Wonder who goes when Brett Lawrie is added to 40-man roster? Richmond, Roenicke, Rivera, or Mastroinanni?

Edit: Add Luis Perez to list

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Lunchbox45
4 years 1 month ago

 Since they say that when Lawrie comes up he’ll be an everyday player

It would make sense if it was Nix

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johnsmith4
4 years 1 month ago

 You could be right.  But, I think they hold onto Nix.  Maybe even package him in a trade.  I see another AAA pitcher in his last year of options getting designated for assignment.

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4 years 1 month ago

No one will give up anything of value to get Nix. He’s a bench player.

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hurley55
4 years 1 month ago

agreed, hopefully after the allstar break Jays will have Thames, Snider and Lawrie in the lineup everyday.  

Davis CF
Escobar SS
Bautista RF
Lind 1b
Hill 2b
Snider LF
Lawrie 3b
EE/Thames DH
Arencibia C 

would be my lineup going forward, assuming Thames makes an impact

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Jose_Bautista
4 years 1 month ago

(R)Escobar SS
(L)Thames DH
(R)Bautista RF
(L)Lind 1B
(R)Hill 2B
(R)Lawrie 3B
(L)Snider LF
(R)Arencibia C
(R)Davis CF

Bench:
Petterson, Nix, Molina, Encarnacion/McDonald

This is much better lineup going forward, I prefer Davis at number 9th spot. Thames or Lawrie in 2nd spot in lineup would help them do more damage because they will likely see a lot more meaty fastballs because of Bautista. The right and left handed hitter combination will be deadly for other teams.

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ARodinyourPujols
4 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t put Thames or Lawrie at the 2 spot for this year with them being so inexperienced. Also if you are looking for a true l/r lineup you failed by having 3 righties in a row with JP Davis and Escobar. I would rather have someone a lot fast then Escobar batting first and Escobar seems to be a pretty good 2nd guy in the order. 

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mkl_nyn
4 years 1 month ago

Escobar’s GB/FB is 3.2 and line drive rate is down to 13%, so he’d probably be a double play machine right now in the 2 hole.  Walks are up, OBP is up, and there’s no need to ‘create’ runs with Jose a batter away.  Rajai’s a career 320 OBP guy with a lot of speed that can create runs with slap singles hitters behind him, not an ideal high on-base lead off guy in a power lineup.  In the end, Davis wreaking havoc on the bases can buy the younger players (and johnny macs) some ‘cheapies’ at the backend of the lineup somewhere 6-9, and all the extra fastballs for the no. 2 guy would be an ideal place for a line drive hitter with a little speed/pop combo (Hill ’09 or developed Thames/Lawrie-types). We’re stuck with Patterson for now, but they’ll probably rotate between he, Nix, Hill and maybe give the rooks a look here and there in the 2 hole throughout the season.

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Jose_Bautista
4 years 1 month ago

That’s exactly was my thought behind it. I think Lawrie/Thames or even Hill might be a better #2 hitter if he returns to his 09 form. Hitting ahead of Bautista has its advantages. Remember when Vernon Wells used to hit infront of Carlos Delgado?

I don’t agree with inexperienced hitters shouldn’t bat top of the order. This is rebuilding year, let them get accustomed to spot where they are projected to hit. Manager Leyland was hitting Andy Dirks top of the order in his debut!!!! 

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Lunchbox45
4 years 1 month ago

actually yesterday on the blog getting blanked, Parkes did an analysis of the pitches thrown to corey patterson when he’s in front of bautista or when he’s elsewhere in the lineup, and there was litterally no difference.

Same amount of 4 seams and 2 seams thrown.

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notsureifsrs
4 years 1 month ago

that’s what researchers have found virtually every time they’ve checked. if anything players hitting in front of monster bats get pitched too harder than they otherwise would. the only thing that changes consistently stat-wise is that they walk less

other than that, lineup protection is not a real thing. and in all those proposed lineups, jose bautista should probably be hitting 4th for the jays

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Lunchbox45
4 years 1 month ago

 if anyone still believes in line up protection. explain to me how Jose Bautista’s last week has happened with Edwin Encarnacion and Juan Rivera hitting behind him