The Blue Jays announced they’ve selected the contract of reliever Carl Edwards Jr. Fellow righty Ty Tice was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Edwards signed a minor league deal with Toronto earlier this month. He’s tossed four scoreless innings with Triple-A Buffalo since, striking out three without issuing a walk. He’s now in line to appear for his second team of the season, having tossed a third of an inning of three-run ball for the Braves a few weeks ago. The 29-year-old once looked like a building block of the Cubs bullpen, but a series of injuries and increasing trouble with his control has thrown him off course over the past couple seasons. If he rights the ship in Toronto, Edwards could be a multi-year piece, as he’s controllable through the end of next season via arbitration.
The Jays will now have a week to trade Tice or place him on outright waivers. The 24-year-old has tossed seven MLB relief innings this season, his only big league experience to date. Those haven’t gone especially well, as he’s allowed four runs while striking out six and issuing four walks. The former sixteenth-round pick showed a three-pitch mix, headlined by a 94.3 MPH fastball. Tice struck out an intriguing 27.3% of opposing hitters in 2019 at Triple-A.
He also comes with some contractual flexibility that makes it possible another team looking to deepen the relief corps will acquire him via minor trade or waivers. The Jays added Tice to the 40-man roster over the winter, so he still has all three minor league option years remaining. He doesn’t have the necessary service time to reject an outright assignment, so if he clears waivers, he’d likely remain in the organization as non-roster bullpen depth.
Lol….this guy keeps getting jobs and I don’t get it. Good luck to him, hope he pitches better in Buffalo. Though as a brewers fan, I will miss him in the NL.
Career 12.1K/9 what’s not to get? There’s clearly a useful big league ‘pen piece there if he can exercise his control demons …
The Jays are going to need many more relievers because the starting rotation is not very deep. It is not a winning a championship rotation yet.
Jays are getting better with Manoah in the rotation That makes 2 reliable starters in Ryu and Manoah. Ray is not reliable. Matz is not reliable. And Stripling is plain terrible as a starter.
It is time to trade SWR and other minor leaguers for a reliable and healthy MLB starter.
What is your definition of “reliable”? I’d say both Ray and Matz have been pretty reliable mid-rotation starters so far this year. Also labelling Manoah as reliable after one career start is a bit of a stretch, despite his potential.
Manoah is a money guy. Just watch him. He’ll eventually be a #2.
Jays need an experienced #2 who can go 7 innings every start. That is my definition of reliable. Matz and Ray are not that. Matz and Ray are #3’s that may or often not go 5 innings. A club can’t win depending on a Matz and Ray. They still need an reliable starter.
The goal is to win now and with that grid of thinking, the rotation is not nearly deep enough.
I also say to call up Pearson and install him as a closer.
No pitchers average 7 innings per start
Sign zombie Roy Halladay? That’s the only way you get 7 innings. Or the manager could stop yanking guys at 75 pitches and let them throw 130.
Pearson as closer? If you really want a closer who doesn’t know where the strike zone is, you’ve got Tyler Chatwood.
Pretty early to call Manoah reliable but I’m right there with you…. hopeful.
Also please don’t trade SWR. I think he’s a keeper.
If the Jays want to win now, they need elite starting pitching and an elite closer now. That means trading talent otherwise the Jays get more of the same. – up and down starters like Rat, Matz and Stripling.
SWR is one of the players that [intelligent] Gms are going to be asking for if the Jays want [elite] pitching talent in return.
I really hoping CJ has his confidence back. He’s struggled the last few seasons.
By-product of injuries. Intriguing arm.
I can’t believe they’re giving up on Tice already.
I can’t believe Montoyo let Chatwood pitch the 7th inning today. And letting him walk the park. It’s happening.
Terrible managing of the bullpen. How long before the chants of “fire Montoyo” start?
If he ever gets his control back, he,s lights out.
I know this is off topic but Montoya has to go, he couldn’t manage a bowel movement.
Sorry Montoyo! Still needs to go!
“Hardees” is back! Do fries come with that?
MLB has evolved into a game of a starter and then a bunch of one inning pitchers. Gone are the days of the Ryan’s, Clement, Koufaz, Drysdale’s and some many other where you were expected to go 7 and 8 innings. Managers no longer let the pitcher work his way out of jams, they rely on pitch count, and twice through the rotation. A good example of this was Sundays back half the the Jay’s double headhead. Matz gets pulled with a four run lead, he had been twice through the rotation, but his pitch down was low. Bring in the relievers, and Chatsworth spits up a 4 run lead and succeeds in losing the game in the 9th. I like Montoyo as a manager but he really blew that game.
As for Manoah, he looked really good in his debut and hopefully he will prove to be the real deal, I also thing its to soon to judge Pearson, I think he might be great as well. I’m reminded of the line from Bull Durham “They are going to light you up when you get there but you pitch with arrogance and audacity”