The Blue Jays released two MiLBers this past week
The 33 year old Buschmann was brought in on an MiLB deal with an invite to spring training. The Blue Jays were throwing him into the depth starter mix. However, with starter Mike Bolsinger passing through waivers and Mat Latos deciding not to opt out, the Jays had no more need or space for Buschmann.
Metzler had been in the organization for three years after being drafted by the Jays in 2014. He played second, third and short and reaching Lansing at age 23 last year. Metzler’s .506 OPS in 2016 put him at risk to be cut.
Metzler and Buschmann’s statuses had been in question, along with several others, as they were left off the organizational opening day rosters. We received clarity on some of the others as they were placed on the DL but Buschmann, Metzler, Shane Opitz and Jeremy Gabryszwski remained question marks.
We now know that Buschmann and Metzler have been released however, exactly what’s happened to Opitz and Gabryszwski is still up in the air. Opitz was listed on the Buffalo Bisons tentative roster but was removed prior to opening day as the Bisons went with eight relievers and added Luke Maile. Since then he hasn’t been reassigned to AA or anywhere else and hasn’t been listed as being on the DL or as part of any other transaction.
Gabryszwski has been a ghost—no transactions of any sort, no spring game appearances and I haven’t heard of anyone mentioning him or seeing him at minor league spring training. Could be an injury, release or reassignment.