Blue Jays Release Pitcher Who Posted 1.52 ERA In 2023

The Toronto Blue Jays have released left-hander Tim Mayza, concluding his 11-year association with the team.

Drafted in the 12th round in 2013, Mayza made his MLB debut in 2017 and quickly became a key figure in Toronto’s bullpen. 

Over his career with the Blue Jays, he made 352 appearances, ranking eighth all-time among the team’s pitchers. Notably, from 2021 to 2023, he posted a solid 2.67 ERA over 155 innings, with a career-best 1.52 ERA in 2023.

However, the 2024 season proved challenging for Mayza, as he struggled to replicate his previous success. 

He recorded an 8.03 ERA over 24.2 innings across 35 games, with a significant drop in his strikeout rate and concerning underlying stats. 

These performance issues led to his designation for assignment last week and subsequent release after clearing waivers. The Blue Jays are responsible for paying his full $3.59 million salary for the season.

Manager John Schneider expressed the difficulty of the decision, acknowledging Mayza's long tenure and impact on the team. "It's tough for Timmy. He's been here for such a long time, been such a big part of our bullpen and our team," Schneider said. "It's been a rough year for him, so hopefully, a change of scenery is good for him, as much as we hate seeing him go." 

Now a free agent at 32, Mayza will look to continue his MLB career with a new team, and despite his recent struggles, his previous success could make him an appealing reclamation project for another franchise.

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