After the signing of Seung-Hwan Oh, the Blue Jays needed to boot somebody off of the 40-man roster. That ended up being Zeke Carrera, as the gritty outfielder was designated for assignment.
#BlueJays DFA Ezequiel Carrera per team— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) February 27, 2018
Zeke was an interesting player. He spent parts of three years with the Blue Jays, coming up and down in 2015, playing off the bench in 2016, and then ultimately becoming a consistent starter due to injuries in 2017. He was very good at getting the bat on the ball, though he was a bit of a disaster in the field, taking strange routes to balls and refusing to stretch his arms out all the way.
He produced a .764 OPS last year and had the second-highest OBP on the team, but a lot of that was driven by a high BABIP. With the acquisitions of Curtis Granderson and Randal Grichuk and a wealth of solid outfield prospects like Anthony Alford and Teoscar Hernandez waiting in the wings, Zeke’s days were numbered.
I’ll always have a soft spot for Zeke, who I found to be a tremendously endearing player. Look at how much this dude genuinely loved being a Blue Jay.
We’ll always have this moment when he tied the Wild Card game against Baltimore:
And this bomb against Yu Darvish a few days later:
This is why he’ll always be remembered as Zeke “Playoff Legend” Carrera around these parts.