The blockbuster deal between the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays was made official today, ushering in an influx of talent that not only boosted the team’s payroll, but also its chance to finally land a spot in the post-season after all these years.
The trade has also claimed its first odd-man-out victim:
Carreno has been designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) November 19, 2012
Joel Carreno split the ’12 season between the minors and Toronto, although it’s worth noting that he did open the season in the Blue Jays rotation as a spot starter, making his first big-league start on April 8th of this year. After excelling in AA for the second season in a row, the 25-year old righty struggled in Las Vegas, posting a 6.14/2.15 ERA/WHIP over 36.1 innings, a result that was buoyed by his lack of control (6.69 BB/9).
Carreno did not fare much better as a member of the Blue Jays bullpen, allowing runs in five out of his nine relief appearances over the season, while issuing eight walks in 13 innings. Looking at those numbers, it’s not much a surprise that the team cut bait with the prospect, especially considering that they’re now full of options in the bullpen.
That said, Carreno’s numbers prior to 2012 suggests that he could have been better further down the line. The 10.0 K/9 through 188.1 innings pitched in AA is but an indication of his strikeout upside, something that Carreno showed in 11 relief outings in the 2011 season, putting up a solid 8.04 K/9 to a 2.30 BB/9 ratio, while giving up just a pair of earned runs in 15.2 innings.
It’s understandable why the Toronto chose to make him the odd man out in this situation; but given his success at both the minors and (briefly) at the big league level, could Carreno’s struggles in ’12 – especially in the walks department - be an anomaly?
With the possibility of another team claiming Carreno on waivers being somewhere between “pretty good” and “sure thing”, that’s not something that the Blue Jays are going to find out first-hand.