2021 Blue Jays: Phelps Returns, Joel Payamps Added, Yamaguchi Out

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher David Phelps (31) warms up during the MLB game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays on September 26, 2020 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 2021 Blue Jays roster has a couple of new additions, David Phelps returns as a free agent signing, agreeing to a 1-year Major League deal. Former Boston Red Sox right-handed pitcher, Joel Payamps was claimed by Toronto, which caused the designation of assignment of pitcher Shun Yamaguchi.

2021 Blue Jays: New Additions to the Bullpen

The newest free-agent acquisition is 34-year old pitcher David Phelps, returning to the Blue Jays after being dealt with the Chicago Cubs in a trade back in 2019. The Blue Jays have acquired the right-handed pitcher for $1.75 Million for a one-year Major League Deal.

David Phelps, now 34-years old and returning to the Toronto Blue Jays after appearing in 22 games in 2020, split between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers.

David Phelps began 2020 with the Milwaukee Brewers where he posted 2.77 ERA in 12 games and finished with a 2-3 record. He was traded to Philadelphia and ended his 2020 campaign with the Phillies, the eight-year veteran had an 0-1 record in 10 games, including a 12.91 ERA.

In eight seasons, Phelps has played for the New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Toronto Blue Jays where he will return for 2021. His new deal with Toronto will have incentives worth up to $750,000.

The Toronto Blue Jays began the day by designating pitcher Shun Yamaguchi for assignment after they claimed right-handed pitcher Joel Payamps off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

Shun Yamaguchi is the collateral damage with this move as he’s designated for assignment after a dismal 2020 campaign for Toronto. Joel Payamps joins the Blue Jays after spending two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019, and 2020 before joining the Boston Red Sox.

Last season, the righty appeared in two games for the Diamondbacks finishing the year with a 3.00 ERA in three innings pitched. Joel Payamps’ contract is worth $563,000 and he will add more depth to the Blue Jays pitching depth chart.

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