The Toronto Blue Jays have elected to proected pitcher Deck McGuire in the upcoming Rule V draft by adding him to the team’s 40-man roster. McGuire is a former 1st round pick, and just 24 years of age. After a terrible 2012 season, McGuire began to show signs of life in 2013, posting a solid but unspectacular 4.86 ERA (with a greatly improved K rate) strikeout. While he’s unlikely to crack the Blue Jays rotation in 2014, he is too valuable an asset to give up for nothing at this juncture.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 20, 2013
There were questions surrounding whom the Blue Jays would protect heading into the draft as they had several notable players that were unprotected including McGuire, Ricky Romero, and OF Kenny Wilson.
The most surprising Blue Jay to remain unprotected is Wilson. While he lacks power for an outfielder, he is still just 23 and has shown incremental improvement every year of pro ball he has played. Wilson has all of the tools to put it together at the Major League level, but is not quite there yet. The Jays are likely hoping that no team will want to keep Wilson on their roster for the entire season considering where he is on the developmental curve.
While some may find it surprising that Romero was left unprotected, it is very unlikely that a team will claim him and be saddled with his seemingly onerous contract going forward. While Romero may still be able to contribute to a Major League roster at some point, team’s know they will be able to acquire him and have the Jays eat salary in a trade.
The Blue Jays current 40-man roster sits at 38 players.
Kenny Wilson has also been added to the 40-man roster as per Shi Davidi.