“When a player is Designated for Assignment, the “Designated Player” is removed from his club’s MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) and MLB Active List (25-man roster), and then the club has up to seven days (formerly ten days) to either trade, release, or non-tender the player, or send the player outright to the minors. ” (the Cub Reporter)
Yesterday, Jason Grilli was designated for assignment and replaced by Chris Smith. He was a fan favourite, but in sports, you have to put the emotional aspect to the side. Jason Grilli was not getting the job done with his 6.97 ERA and allowed 9 home runs in 20.2 innings. The Blue Jays are treading deep waters in the standings and they cannot afford to keep Grilli in the lineup if they still wish to remain competitive.
Smith, however, had a 3.93 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched for Buffalo.
So the team has three options. Trade, release, or send him down to the minors. Either way, this means that there is next to 0% that Jason Grilli will be found back in a Blue Jays uniform.
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