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Blue Jays release David Cooper

Mar 13, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Jon Heyman of reports that Toronto has released first baseman David Cooper, who hit .270 with a .750 OPS in 72 games for the Blue Jays during the past two seasons.

Cooper ended last season on the disabled list with a back injury that has carried over to this year, taking him out of the running for a bench job.

Cooper was a first-round pick in 2008, but fell off the fast track and has spent two seasons each at Double-A and Triple-A. He’s hit .346 in 188 games at Triple-A, although Las Vegas is a very hitter-friendly environment and with just 19 homers Cooper’s lack of power makes him a tough fit as a big-league first baseman.

If healthy there’s a role for him in the majors, but he hasn’t seen game action since last August.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Cooper will miss most of the year due to his back injury. I understand that the Jays do want to resign him to a minor league contract. Of course, any team can sign him if they desire. He was the PCL batting champ in 2011. Lars Anderson was claimed off waivers earlier in order to take Cooper’s place as the Triple A first baseman.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Hey, PC, knew I’d find you here. :)

  2. 13arod - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Yanks sign him!!!!!!!

  3. jaysjunkie - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Hopefully Cooper gets healthy – he could be a nice addition for someone. I gotta say, though, he was one of the most unathletic-looking guys I’ve ever seen play. Not that he was out of shape…he just looked so, shall we say “ungraceful” whenever he was running the bases or playing defense.

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