The Blue Jays announced that they have selected the left-handed contract Tommy Milone, Reliever Joel Payamps has been chosen as an option for the alternative training site in a corresponding move. To make room on the 40-man grid, the Jays placed relievers Kirby Yates on the 60-day injured list. Yates will miss the entire season following an operation by Tommy John.
Toronto signed Milone in February at a minor deal. The soft-tossing lefty started nine games between the Orioles and Braves in 2020, including nodding Baltimore on Opening Day. After a decent start to the year with the O’s, Milone was defeated in Atlanta. All told, he set a 6.69 ERA / 4.12 SIERA, despite a career-best 22.1% strike rate (just worse than league average) and a stellar 3.3% walking rate.
Milone has never missed many bats or caused ground balls on a particularly strong rock. However, the 34-year-old’s ability to throw strikes at an incredible rate has continued to give him MLB chances. If Milone takes the mound for the Jays, he will tackle the past eleven years for his ninth different team.