The Blue Jays have made two depth related moves this week as they continue to round out their 2016 roster. Team President Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins have continued to express their need for depth at the minor and major league level. Lack of depth has been an issue in years past as many fans will remember last year Chris Colabello attempting to run down fly balls in LF or that former GM Alex Anthopoulos moved significant future depth at the deadline to help aid their playoff run.
Earlier this week the Blue Jays acquired Darrell Ceciliani from the Mets for a player to be named later or cash. Ceciliani will provide depth at AAA should the Blue Jays have a need arise during the season. Currently the major league roster looks full with Dalton Pompey, Michael Saunders, Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista all locked. He will be fighting with Ezequiel Carrera & Junior Lake for the first available call up or 4th OF spot should Pompey start the season in AAA. Ceciliani comes with a little MLB experience in 2015, while his debut at the plate was sub par he did have a strong defensive showing. He has played well in the minors with a .290 avg/ .354 obp and 125 SB. At the very least he provides strong defense as depth should there be a need in the future.
The Blue Jays have reportedly signed Gavin Floyd to a contract, it is not confirmed yet if he signed a minor or major league deal. Floyd will be a potential rotation depth piece or could look to land a spot out of the pen. There is no immediate need that Floyd looks to cover but brings value as a depth option behind Marcus Stroman, R.A. Dickey, J.A. Happ, Marco Estrada, Drew Hutchison, Jesse Chavez and Aaron Sanchez. Floyd while previously an effective mid-rotation starter has not pitched much since 2013 while recovering from Tommy John surgery and two separate DL stints due to a fractured olecranon bone in his right elbow.