All good things must come to an end.
The relationship between the Toronto Blue Jays and their most frequent of frequent flyers is about to draw to a close, as the team announced several housecleaning moves that included designating utility man Mike McCoy for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster.
Talk about making changes.
The moves were made by Blue Jays to the 40-man roster to accommodate the newly-acquired Melky Cabrera, as well as to protect a pair of prospects from the Rule-5 Draft at the cost of McCoy, along with two others:
#Jays add SS Ryan Goins and C AJ Jimenez from 40-man roster, protecting them from Rule 5 draft. Mike McCoy, Mike McDade, Cory Wade DFAd
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 20, 2012
Over his three seasons with the Blue Jays, McCoy was known for being the go-to guy any time that the team needed a warm body on the bench. He put in the work defensively, traveled from wherever the AAA team happened to be when asked, and went back when the team didn’t need him anymore.
McCoy might have logged just 374 plate appearances across 158 games over his time in Toronto, but the transient nature of his role make him a more familiar face among Blue Jays fans than you would expect, despite the lack of a regular spot on the team; as a member of the Blue Jays, McCoy has played literally every position on the diamond with the exception of first base and catcher.
The highlight? A one-inning perfect relief appearance in June of 2011 against the Boston Red Sox, where the super-utilityman baffled JD Drew, Carl Crawford and Marco Scutaro with his low-70s stuff, setting the trio down in order on just 12 pitches, saving the bullpen from further damage.
In short, McCoy was the consummate fill-in, if there is such a thing in baseball.
Now, barring an unlikely circumstance that will keep him in the organization, the 31-year old will be remembered as a small sacrifice on the road to glory for the Blue Jays.