Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. has been released by the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, and will clear waivers Wednesday if he isn't claimed by another team in the interim.
FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman says the Jays are listening to offers on Upton, who is now slated as Toronto's left fielder entering the season. As for his performance throughout the spring which has led them towards this particular direction, Upton hit.176/.200/.382 in a total of 34 at-bats.
Upton is owed $16.45 million this season, but the San Diego Padres will pay $11.45 million of his salary, making him an affordable piece for the Jays to move.
Upton was expected to compete for playing time in left field this season, but after a spring where he batted.194/.216/.472 with three home runs in 14 Grapefruit League games, the team has made a decision to move on.
He played the first eight seasons of his 12-year career as a member of the Rays.
Osuna was put on the DL retroactive to April 1 with cervical spasms. Osuna's fastball velocity has notably been decreased this spring, with an average speed of 92 to 93 miles per hour. Upton Jr.is due to make about $16.5 million this season - the last year of a five-year, $72.5 million contract he signed with the Braves in 2013.
Veteran reliever Jason Grilli is expected to fill the closer's role in Osuna's absence.
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