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Brett Cecil | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/2/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
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Blue Jays avoided arbitration with LHP Brett Cecil by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.
Cecil was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The left-hander thrived in his first season as a full-time reliever last year, putting up a 2.82 ERA with 70 strikeouts across 60 2/3 innings. Jan 17 - 11:17 AM

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Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday that the club considered moving Brett Cecil back to the rotation during the season.

"We never talked to Brett about it, but we kicked it around for a brief moment because obviously he had success and we had holes that had come up," said Anthopoulos. After years of scuffling as a starter, Cecil found a home in the bullpen this season, posting a 2.82 ERA and 70/23 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings prior to going down with elbow inflammation. The Blue Jays plan to prioritize starting pitching this winter, so ideally Cecil will stay where he is.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 01:33:00 PM

Blue Jays transferred LHP Brett Cecil from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Cecil was shut down earlier this month with inflammation in his pitching elbow. He registered a 2.82 ERA and 70/23 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings of relief this season.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 03:08:00 PM

A second MRI has confirmed that Brett Cecil is dealing with inflammation in his pitching elbow.

The important thing is that he doesn't have any structural damage. Cecil's season is over, but he'll be fine for spring training as long as he doesn't have any setbacks along the way.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 07:40:00 PM

Blue Jays placed LHP Brett Cecil on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to September 13, with left elbow discomfort.

The severity of the issue isn't yet known, but Cecil is done for the season. The 27-year-old southpaw will finish the year with a 2.82 ERA and 70/23 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday that Brett Cecil will rest for a couple of days due to shoulder soreness.

Cecil pitched a scoreless inning during his last appearance on Sunday. The Blue Jays are out of the race, so they have little incentive to push him back out there.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 04:45:00 PM

Brett Cecil will serve as a left-handed specialist the rest of the way to curb his workload.

Cecil has posted an outstanding 2.78 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 68/23 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings this year for Toronto. The Blue Jays don't want to risk overusing the 27-year-old southpaw in what has become a lost season.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Brett Cecil has faced 38 consecutive batters without allowing a base hit, a Blue Jays franchise record.

The blossoming 26-year-old left-hander has an outstanding 1.46 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 42/10 K/BB ratio through 37 innings of relief this year. Cecil came into the 2013 season with a 4.79 career ERA in the big leagues.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Brett Cecil has been informed that he will be on the Opening Day roster.

Cecil owns a 7.04 ERA in nine appearances this spring, but the southpaw is out of options and almost certainly wouldn't clear waivers. The Blue Jays will carry him as a middle reliever.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 09:21:00 AM

Brett Cecil struck out four in 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief Thursday against the Rays.

The Blue Jays' best choice now might be to send down Ricky Romero, name J.A. Happ the fifth starter and carry Cecil as a middle reliever. Trading Cecil remains an option; as a durable left-hander with a bit of upside, it's doubtful he'd clear waivers.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 04:17:00 PM

Brett Cecil surrendered two runs in two innings out of the pen Wednesday against the Tigers.

Cecil has given up five runs in six innings now. He's out of options and the Blue Jays aren't going to want to lose him for nothing, so he has a pretty good chance of claiming a spot as a long reliever. Still, a trade might be best for both parties.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 04:21:00 PM

Blue Jays recalled LHP Brett Cecil from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The move was made prior to Monday's game, where he tossed two innings of relief. Cecil has a 5.68 ERA and 41/21 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings this season and will continue to be used out of the bullpen.
Tue, Sep 4, 2012 08:29:00 AM

Blue Jays optioned LHP Brett Cecil to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Cecil's hasn't been effective in years and hasn't been more than a control-challenged left-handed specialist for longer than that. J.A. Happ will be promoted from the bullpen to replace him in the starting rotation.
Sat, Aug 4, 2012 09:13:00 AM

Brett Cecil gave up four runs in five innings in a no-decision against the A's on Friday.

Cecil had turned in three straight quality starts with his rotation spot on the line. Tonight's outing wasn't quite so solid, but his spot should be safe for now, even though he's gone five straight outings without a victory.
Sat, Aug 4, 2012 01:09:00 AM

Brett Cecil was quality in Sunday's loss to the Tigers, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings.

He struck out seven. Cecil was done in by one big mistake, a three-run blast off the bat of Jhonny Peralta in the second inning. The quality start was his third straight, and fourth in five July outings. He'll bring a 5.56 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 41/18 K/BB ratio compiled over 45 1/3 innings into the month of August.
Sun, Jul 29, 2012 04:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Dioner Navarro
2Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Ryan Goins
2Maicer Izturis
SS1Jose Reyes
2Jonathan Diaz
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Colby Rasmus
2Anthony Gose
RF1Jose Bautista
2Moises Sierra
DH1Adam Lind
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1R.A. Dickey
2Brandon Morrow
3Mark Buehrle
4J.A. Happ
5Drew Hutchison
6Dustin McGowan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Casey Janssen
2Sergio Santos
3Steve Delabar
4Aaron Loup
5Brett Cecil
6Esmil Rogers
7Neil Wagner
8Todd Redmond