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Toronto Blue Jays
Per the Toronto Blue Jays’ Twitter account, first baseman Clint Robinson was claimed off waivers today.
.@bluejays have claimed RHP ALEX BURNETT (@aburnett31) off waivers from the #Twins and 1B CLINT ROBINSON from the #Pirates.
— Blue Jays-Official(@BlueJays) March 29, 2013
It seems like Toronto always claims Pirates players on waivers. I’m not sure yet how this will impact Matt Curry, who was bumped to Double-A due to Robinson, Matt Hague, and Jared Goedert playing the corner infield spots. At any rate, I don’t like the loss of Robinson. There were a few moves I would have made before designating him for assignment. Putting Charlie Morton on the 60-day disabled list was one. Designating Jeanmar Gomez for assignment and giving a bullpen spot to Bryan Morris was another. But it seemed like Morton would have been the easy call. I’d trade a few weeks of Morton on the active roster for Robinson remaining in the system.
UPDATE 3:52 PM: I just spoke with Larry Broadway. He said they don...
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