The Blue Jays traded Grube to the Indians on Sunday for cash considerations, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. As a 35-year-old with a 6.14 ERA over 55.2 frames with Triple-A Buffalo this season, Grube was little more than organizational filler for the Blue Jays, so moving him will free up more innings for some younger arms. Grube, who has one career appearance in the majors to his name (with the Angels in 2014), doesn't look to have a much easier path back to the big leagues as he changes organizations.
Grube signed a minor league contract with Toronto on Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. Grube is an unlikely candidate to make the big league squad, but part of the deal includes an invite to spring training. The 35-year-old posted a 3.92 ERA in 26 minor league outings in 2016. Grube, a righty, has logged just 0.2 major league innings (back in 2014 with the Angels).
Grube was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. Grube's recent call-up to the bigs was short-lived as he was sent back down to Tacoma on Thursday. He did not make it into Wednesday's contest following his promotion and the Mariners have yet to announce a corresponding roster move.
Grube, who was called up Wednesday, could be sent back to Triple-A Tacoma this weekend, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. The Mariners needed a fresh arm, and Grube was it. He was scheduled to start Wednesday at Tacoma. Grube, though, is not considered a candidate for the Seattle rotation, so the team likely will add a starting pitcher Friday, which will cost Grube his spot.
Grube gave up four hits and three earned runs in 1.2 innings on Wednesday against Louisville. Grube finished last season with Triple-A Columbus, and he will begin 2016 right where he left off. Grube had a tremendous year in 2015, going 9-0 in 13 starts with a 2.26 ERA during 79.2 innings with the club. The 34-year-old also turned in an impressive spring with the Indians, throwing nine innings without giving up an earned run. Even though he has only pitched in one career game in the majors, Grube has a chance to contribute at some point during the season if he continues to pitch well for Columbus.
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