Daily Duce: The Blue Jays sign Cole, Shafer traded for cash, an update on the catching market, Jose Bautista, and more!


Non-sarcastically, AJ Cole (bay bay) on a minor league deal this early in the offseason is some pretty decent business.
— BVH (@BVHJays) November 25, 2019

The Blue Jays made their first free agent splash of the off-season, inking A.J. Cole, who isn’t Gerrit Cole, to a minor-league deal. Seeing the update come in from the At Bat app saying Blue Jays and free agent and Cole all at once nearly made my heart stop, but, unfortunately (and predictably) it wasn’t Gerrit taking his talents north of the border.
Anyways, A.J. Cole is an interesting low-key addition for the Jays. He’s racked up a lot of airmiles during his career so far. Cole was drafted by the Nationals in 2010, and, a year later, he was sent to Oakland as a part of the Gio Gonzalez trade. A couple years after that, he was sent back to the Nationals in a three-team trade involving Blake Treinen, John Jaso, and Mike Morse. He bounced up and down from the Nationals to their minor-league teams between 2015 2018 before getting sent to the Yankees for cash. After one season in New York, he was claimed off waivers by Cleveland.
Over the course …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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