About a month ago, John Axford walked into the clubhouse at Dunedin Stadium and donned a Toronto Blue Jays uniform for the first time. Even though it was just another February day of pitchers and catchers for the nine-year major-league veteran, coming off a 6.43 ERA that had earned him a pink slip from the Oakland Athletics last summer, the Port Dover, Ont., product couldn’t overlook the special opportunity in front of him. “It’s what I grew up with,” Axford said.
The only thing Aledmys Diaz wants is an opportunity. An opportunity to prove last year was the blip, the outlier, and not the all-star campaign he authored as a rookie in 2016. That wasn’t happening in St. Louis after the Cardinals demoted Diaz last season and moved on for good when Paul DeJong ran with the shortstop job in the Gateway City. In Toronto, however, he’s going to get his wish, even if it could be viewed as a temporary situation to start.
From fan favourites to polarizing role players to names long forgotten, there’s no shortage of former Blue Jays doing their thing in various spots around baseball this spring. Some have jobs. Some are desperately battling for them. Some remain unsigned with not many realistic fits in sight. With opening day roster decisions on the horizon two weeks from now, let’s take a quick run through camps to see where a handful of former Blue Jays are now plying their trade, if at all.
Lefty Sam Moll, claimed by #BlueJays off waivers from Seattle, was drafted in third round in 2013 by Colorado. Lefties had an .832 OPS against him in AAA last year and he posted a 10.80 ERA in 6.2 MLB IP with Oakland. https://t.co/7DVFgFZBSn
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