Jake Elmore has made at least five major league appearances in each of the past five seasons, and every year has been with a different club. That trend will have a chance to continue, as his one-year run with the Brewers came to an end after an uninspiring season. The 29-year-old actually showed real promise in the minor league portion of his season, hitting .320 with more walks (26) than strikeouts (19) in 57 games, but he struggled mightily in the majors to the tune of a .218 average and just two extra-base hits in 59 games. The outfielder still has decent speed and has always had a terrific eye at the plate, so he could get a look as a fourth outfield option. However, his at-bats will likely be limited after signing with the Blue Jays, as Elmore has never had an OPS above .638 or average higher than .242 in the majors.
Elmore, a non-roster invitee, is a legitimate contender for an Opening Day roster spot, Corey Long of MLB.com reports. Elmore's ability to play several different positions has been attractive to the Blue Jays' coaching staff this spring. Manager John Gibbons said there's a lot of value in players like Elmore, who can sit for extended periods and be ready to fill holes in the lineup on short notice. Over his five MLB seasons, Elmore has played all nine defensive positions and logged at-bats from every spot in the order. The versatile 29-year-old has tallied 257 plate appearances over his last two campaigns with Tampa and Milwaukee, but his offensive numbers are brutal. If added to the 25-man roster, Elmore will be a defensive choice and therefore lack fantasy value -- regardless of format.
Elmore signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays that includes an invite to spring training, Toronto radio play-by-play broadaster Mike Wilner reports. Elmore hit .218 in 78 big-league at-bats last year and has bounced between Triple-A and the majors over the last four seasons. If he sticks with the Jays, he'll likely take on a similar role as organizational depth around the infield and outfield.
Elmore was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday. The Brewers' 40-man roster now stands at 37 after several players were bumped Friday, including Elmore. He got on base at a strong .371 clip in 59 games with Milwaukee in 2016 and is a versatile defender, but Elmore turns 30 next year and seems destined to play out his career as organizational depth.
Elmore is hitting just .178 on the year with three RBI over 60 plate appearances. The fourth-year player has been unable to have consistent success as he only has one hit in his last 15 at-bats. He'll continue to find limited playing time as he serves as a backup to Ryan Braun.
Elmore's contract was selected from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Elmore will make his fifth trip back to the majors now -- each with a different team -- as Alex Presley gets designated for assignment. The 29-year-old has been an on-base machine this season with Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate, posting a .320 BA and .428 OBP through 57 games. His production in the minors has yet to translate against better competition, however, as he sports a career .215 average in the majors. The first basemen now has another opportunity to prove that he can compete at the highest level.