Dustin McGowan Is Out Of Options

A quick blurb from Ben Nicholson-Smith at MLB Trade Rumours as he discussed players on the Blue Jays that are out of options and will have to clear waivers if they are going to be sent to the minor leagues. 

 Rajai Davis, Luis Perez, Sergio Santos and Luis Valbuena. Jeff Mathis and Dustin McGowan have five-plus years of service and are out of options.

Analysis: Most of these players will either be almost guaranteed a spot on the opening day roster (Davis, Santos, Mathis) or the Jays will not be afraid to expose to other teams (Perez and Valbuena).

However, Dustin McGowan would make an interesting gamble by a team looking for a talented, yet troubled right arm.  McGowan actually made some progress and pitched a few innings for the Jays in 2011 and is a wildcard rotation contender.  I am sure the Jays would not want to lose him and potentially see him blossom elsewhere, like Chris Carpenter.

In other Blue Jays news the team announced they’ve designated outfielder Darin Mastroianni for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for reliever Francisco Cordero, who recently signed a 1-year, $4.5 million dollar deal.

A former top 25 prospect for the Jays, Mastroianni, 26, hit .268/.353/.377 in 562 plate appearance last year across Double and Triple-A, making his big league debut for one game in August.  Mastroianni mostly played center and left field in the minors

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