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The Blue Jays have made their first trade of the Meetings, and stunningly, Alex Rios is still on the team, and none of Erik Bedard, Matt Cain or Jason Bay are set to suit up in the black, white and gun-metal gray.
The Jays picked up Buck Coats, a 25 year-old utility man, from the Reds for a player to be named or cash.
Coats is a left-handed hitter who hit .308/.366/.439 last year in a season split between AAA Iowa in the Cubs’ organization and AAA Louisville (Reds), setting career highs in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and home runs (11). He stole 20 bases in 22 tries. Despite all those career highs, the Cubs still waived him late in the season and he was picked up by Cincy.
He has had two cups of coffee in the bigs, with the Cubs in ’06 and the Reds last year, and has hit .192/.232/.346 without having attempting a stolen base in 38 games played.
Coats has a chance to play a lot in Spring Training, and help the club out as a utility guy/25th man on the roster at some point in the season.
The move fills the 40-man roster for now, leaving the Jays out of tomorrow’s Rule 5 draft, unless they open up another spot before then.