Leon cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. Leon was DFA'd by the Jays on Wednesday, and he'll wind up in Buffalo after passing through waivers unclaimed. In two appearances for Toronto, Leon allowed two earned runs on three hits.
Leon was designated for assignment Wednesday by the Blue Jays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Leon has given up earned runs in each of his two appearances this season and hasn't pitched since April 9. Leon was designated for assignment to make room for Pat Venditte, the switch-pitcher.
Leon was charged with the loss after serving up an eighth inning three-run homer to Steven Souza Jr. giving the Rays a 5-3 win. The bullpen is supposed to be one of the Blue Jays' biggest strengths this season, but it was a letdown in the final two games of the Opening Series against the Rays. For the second consecutive game, Toronto's relievers coughed up a lead in the eighth inning. The eighth inning typically belongs to right-hander Drew Storen, but he was noticeably absent during the series finale. Storen wasn't available after he either pitched or warmed up in Toronto's first three games of the season. Brett Cecil and Jesse Chavez also were unavailable for similar reasons.
Leon will open the season in the Blue Jays' bullpen, the Toronto Star reports. Leon earned a spot on the roster by giving up just who hits in seven scoreless innings this spring. While he will break camp with the Blue Jays, his roster spot will be in jeopardy when Marco Estrada (back) is ready to join the rotation.
Leon was traded to the Blue Jays on Tuesday for cash considerations. After designating Leon for assignment shortly before the New Year, the Athletics found a trade partner for the 27-year-old right-hander and will receive cash in return. Leon worked a 4.39 ERA out of the Oakland bullpen last season and will likely compete for a spot in Toronto's crowded but unsettled bullpen this spring.
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