Off-Season Thread and Roster Shuffling

Friday, November 02 2018 @ 04:23 PM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

All the games are now done so it's time to get all the houses in order. The Blue Jays started today with some roster shuffling. The Jays do have a roster crunch and have some tough decisions regarding who to add to the 40 man roster.

Earlier in the week the Jays picked up the option on Justin Smoak and declined the option on Yangervis Solarte. We all assume Solarte will not be on the 40 man roster by the time of the rule 5 draft but we could be proved wrong.

Today is the deadline to add back players who were on the 60 day DL to your roster. It was also a day where qualifying offers had to be sent to potential free agents. With the Jays adding back Brandon Drury and Troy Tulowitzki the front office needed to make room. As a result the Jays have lost Jose Fernandez on waivers. It's always tough to lose a player but relievers are the easiest to lose, and find a replacement for. When you see the last man added to the 40 man roster, ask yourself would I prefer that player or Jose Fernandez.

Justin Shafer cleared waivers and was assigned to Buffalo. Shafer is older than Fernandez and a right hander. Some more experienced relievers refused their assignment and became free agents. Rhiner Cruz, Taylor Guerreiri and Jake Petricka are off the roster. Petricka was the one on the bump but if he had stayed he might have become unaffordable.

The Jays roster is now at 36 so there is room for four additions, five if Solarte is dropped. The Jays have until November 20th to add to, and finalise, their roster before the rule 5 draft.

Next on the calendar are the General Manager meetings from November 6th through 9th. The winter meetings are from December 9th through 13th. The rule 5 draft is at the end of those days.