2021 Blue Jays: Roster Cuts and Reassignments

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2021 Blue Jays roster cuts
DUNEDIN, FLORIDA - MARCH 02: A general view from the outfield at TD Ballpark during a spring training game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies on March 02, 2021 in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The 2021 Blue Jays opening day roster is beginning to take shape as Toronto has made their first round of cuts from their spring training roster. The Blue Jays have optioned or reassigned 25 players to minor league teams and camps. Toronto has been dealt some injuries early on in grapefruit League action, right-handed pitcher Nate Pearson and Thomas Hatch are both out with injuries.

2021 Blue Jays: Optioned Players

Four players have been optioned to minor league affiliates and their ongoing training camps. Pitchers Ty Tice, and Elvis Luciano have been optioned, along with infielder Otto Lopez and catcher Gabriel Moreno. These four players will join the Blue Jays minor league affiliates to begin the 2021 season without having to clear waivers.

Ty Tice appeared in four grapefruit league games for the Blue Jays earning a 1-0 record. The right-hander gave up five hits, and five earned runs finishing with a 12.22 ERA in three and two-thirds innings of work.

Elvis Luciano pitched in two grapefruit league games for Toronto giving up two hits and three earned runs in one full inning during his time at spring training.

Otto Lopez appeared in 11 games taking the same amount of at-bats during his time with the Blue Jays at spring training. The infielder had three hits and scored once during his 11 at-bats, he completed grapefruit league play with a .300 batting average before being optioned.

Gabriel Moreno played in six games and got up to bat 8 times in grapefruit league action. The 21-year old was able to tally one hit in those 8 appearances at the plate.

2021 Blue Jays: Reassigned Players

The Toronto Blue Jays have reassigned 21 players in their first wave of roster moves as the team prepares to set their opening day roster. Notables among the 21 players reassigned are pitching prospects Alek Manoah, Simeon Woods Richardson, Jackson Rees who will continue to develop with team affiliates. All three pitchers had strong showings in grapefruit league action.

Infielders Jordan Groshans and Austin Martin will also begin the season in the minors after both got a taste of MLB spring training, both players looked good but will continue to develop in the minor league system to begin the 2021 season. Orelvis Martinez, Chavez Young, and Logan Warmoth all had good appearances during grapefruit league action as well and leave a positive impression on the management and coaching staff.

The Blue Jays still have decisions to make with regards to their opening day roster, Nate Pearson appears to be headed to the 60-day injured list to begin the season and pitcher Thomas Hatch is awaiting an MRI to determine the extent of his injury to his elbow, which he sustained in his last appearance.

The core of the 2021 Blue Jays roster is locked in and judging by grapefruit league action they seem ready to get the 2021 season underway. Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo will have to decide who hits where and who will be positioned in what spot on defense before opening day arrives.

The Toronto Blue Jays management and coaching staff will need to decide their starting pitching rotation, this will also require filling the void left by Nate Pearson being injured. The bullpen order will also be decided in the next week or so as the depth of the Blue Jays will be tested early.

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