Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cecil Sent to AA, Carreno back Up

Just minutes ago Brett Cecil was sent down to AA, and Joel Carreno, who surprised late last season in the bigs and pitched phenomenally out of the Pen was called up to be the #3 starter for the Jays. Cecil struggled this spring, as he went 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA, a WHIP of 1.80, and an opponents batting average of .290. Carreno barely pitched this spring, as he only threw 5 innings, but gave up 3 earned runs.

I am not a fan of this move at all, as Carreno does not have the stuff to be a starter. He is destined to be a reliever in the MLB, but this move is just short term. The Jays only need 5 starters once in April, as they have a ton of off-days. Once Carreno makes his start, he will be moved to the bullpen, where he should be in the MLB. If he or Kyle Drabek struggles, one of them will be sent down when Dustin McGowan is activated from the Disabled List in late April or early May. Cecil said today when he was talking to the media that he gave the Jays no choice, because he was pitching horribly during the spring. he also added that the Jays Front Office did give him an option of whether he wants to go to AA or AAA, and he chose to go to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in AA.

Luis Valbuena is likely going to be traded today or tomorrow, and It would not surprise me if that trade is to the Phillies. Philadelphia needs a guy like Valbuena, and he won't be able to be sent down because he is out of options. Now, I'm also thinking that AA packages up Valbuena and some other pieces, and acquires Phillies Pitcher Joe Blanton. just a thought, but you never know whats happening with AA at the helm.

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