The Minnesota Twins sent Chris Colabello packing earlier this offseason, and he ended up catching on with the Toronto Blue Jays. Joining former Twins third basemen, Danny Valencia, Colabello was hoping for a shot to stick on the 40 man roster. It appears Toronto has other ideas.
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Today the Blue Jays announced that Chris Colabello has passed through waivers unclaimed, and that he will be assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. After being designated for assignment last week, Colabello will now have to impress enough through Spring Training for his chance.
Last season for the Twins, it was Colabello who broke a club record in May for most runs batted in by a Twins player. Unfortunately, after being promoted with a cowbell giveaway, the season was downhill the rest of the way for the former independent baseball player.
Colabello was demoted to Triple-A Rochester and never surfaced with the big league club again in 2014. Although he has shown significant power down on the farm, he’s never been able to get things going consistently enough at the highest level.
For the Blue Jays, Chris Colabello will provide first base depth behind Edwin Encarnacion in the system. He is probably an extreme outside possibility to crack the opening day roster, but he could see some time at some point throughout 2015. The Twins did also use Colabello in right field on a few occasions, but that’s not something the Blue Jays would be advised to do.
Having already put together quite a storybook career, it will be interesting to see how this plays out and if Colabello can once again overcome adversity.
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