The Blue Jays announced they’ve selected reliever Matt Gage onto the MLB roster. Jeremy Beasley was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to clear an active roster spot, while Nate Pearson was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list in a corresponding 40-man move.
Gage is headed to the majors for the first time after spending eight years in the minor leagues. Drafted by the Giants out of Siena College in the tenth round in 2014, Gage spent four seasons in the San Francisco farm system. He topped out at Triple-A before being released, then spent some time in the Mets’ system and in the Mexican League. The southpaw worked as a starter through his time in Mexico but converted to relief after signing a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks heading into 2021.
The New York native dominated over seven Double-A appearances with the D-Backs, but he struggled with home runs en route to a 5.57 ERA in a hitter-friendly environment at Triple-A Reno. Gage qualified for minor league free agency again at the end of the season, and he’s off to a career-best start in Buffalo. The 29-year-old has tossed 16 2/3 innings with the Bisons, working to a sparkling 1.08 ERA. He’s fanned an excellent 32.3% of opposing hitters against a solid 7.7% walk rate to get a big league crack.
Toronto just traded Ryan Borucki to the Mariners over the weekend, thinning the lefty relief mix. Borucki was out of minor league option years, though, so the Jays were limited from a roster perspective with him scuffling. Gage has a trio of options remaining, so he’ll add a more flexible arm behind Andrew Vasquez while Tim Mayza is on the injured list.
Pearson has been out all season recovering from mononucleosis. Today’s IL transfer is strictly a procedural move that doesn’t affect his eligibility window. He’s ruled out for sixty days from Opening Day, not today, which we’ve already surpassed. Pearson is on a rehab assignment at Buffalo and should be reinstated within a couple weeks.
Comes with a shotgun arm
This looks like a good Gage of his abilities
Please please please issue him #12.
agn1 – I just checked the Jays roster and both #12 and #20 are available.
any relation to the railroad guy?
This is off topic but MAN DOES ROBBIE RAY SUCK!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for your understanding and back to your butchering jokes. They are a gage of your maturity. 😉
Same comment as the Beasley call up the other day. Where is the Adrian Hernandez call up Ross!?!? Stop wasting time with these probably won’t work out for long moves and give this guy a shot at the bigs! He’s been totally dominate the last 2 years
Beasley should never have been called up. He is a strictly AAA, has been his entire career.
Totally agreed! Beasley is a call up for injuries as depth when there’s no one else ahead of him. And Hernandez is clearly way ahead of him so I’m not seeing what’s going on here other than some kind of service time manipulation. When you’re competing for a championship you can’t think about service time you just need the best players on the field
That’s quite a moniker. “Matt Gage, Private Eye,” or “Matt Gage, Secret Agent.”
And it’s reversible: Gage Matt.
But I digress.