Anthony Kay, who turns 25 on Saturday, came over to the Blue Jays in the Marcus Stroman trade. Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Jays have optioned hurlers Anthony Kay and Sean Reid-Foley, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports on Twitter. That provides some clarity to the team’s pitching plans.

Both pitchers were among the conceivable possibilities for a rotation slot. But the upgraded Toronto staff doesn’t have many openings, and there are quite a few candidates. Trent Thornton and Shun Yamaguchi appear to be the front-runners.

It’s still possible that either Kay or Reid-Foley will end up seeing action in the majors. They’ve each done so already, although neither was able to sew up a long-term spot.

Kay, who turns 25 on Saturday, came over in the Marcus Stroman trade. The southpaw had a few ups and downs but mostly logged good results last year in the upper minors. In 133 2/3 total frames, he worked to a 2.96 ERA with 9.1 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9.

Reid-Foley is a bit younger. He has consistently produced strong strikeout numbers but hasn’t yet managed to tamp down on the free passes. In 120 2/3 innings last year at the Triple-A and MLB levels, he produced 133 strikeouts and 86 walks.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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