- The Toronto Blue Jays are in the process of finalizing their opening day roster and have made a rather surprising decision. Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. will not be on the roster when the season starts per Buster Olney of ESPN. The Blue Jays are reportedly evaluating all their options regarding what to do with the outfielder but it seems apparent that they are either trading him or releasing him. The Blue Jays appear to want to exhaust all their efforts to trade him and get somebody else to take his contract off their hands before having to eat the money and release him before their season starts. They can’t option Upton Jr. down to the minors without his consent and he is all but sure to decline a demotion to the minors. Upton Jr. arrived in Toronto in a mid-summer deal from the San Diego Padres last season. The Padres had to eat all but $5MM of his remaining money on the contract to finalize the deal with Toronto and the Blue Jays were hoping he’d provide some outfield depth and be a nice complementary bat off the bench to help them down the stretch during their playoff push. He ended up slashing only .198/.261/.318 with four home runs and 16 RBIs throughout his short time in the regular season with the Blue Jays. He only had two hits in the postseason and was virtually non-existent in the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians. He continued that poor play during the spring and it apparently became clear to the Blue Jays he wasn’t going to be an asset to the team.
- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is expected to start the season on the 10-day DL due to a right calf strain he suffered earlier in the week per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Beltre was reportedly hoping to go through a workout without any issue on Saturday so he could be ready for the start of the season but that clearly won’t be happening. It’s doubtful he’ll miss much time and the Rangers will use former top prospect Joey Gallo to take over the hot corner for a brief time.