The Blue Jays introduced Monday that they’ve designated infielder Richard Urena for project. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to nook infielder Travis Shaw, whose beforehand reported one-year contract is now official, per the crew.
Urena, 24 in February, can play all around the infield, however up to now in his profession hasn’t a lot in both the Majors (.253/.300/.336 in 263 plate appearances) or in Triple-A (.250/.289/.373 in 671 plate appearances). He hasn’t posted notably sturdy defensive metrics throughout his restricted time within the huge leagues however was praised as a possible plus defender with common or higher pace as he rose by way of the Blue Jays’ farm system.
Urena can be out of minor league choices, so he’d have needed to both break camp with the large league membership this spring or else be traded or uncovered to waivers through a DFA in a number of months anyhow. That lack of choices will seemingly restrict his attraction to different golf equipment as properly, though a crew with a very skinny infield combine and a few 40-man flexibility might take a flier on a waiver declare. The Blue Jays can have per week to both commerce Urena or attempt to cross him by way of outright waivers.