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Brett Cecil | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/2/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Brett Cecil has been removed from the Blue Jays' closer role.
Cecil allowed four earned runs on two walks and two hits Sunday in the Blue Jays' loss to the Orioles, watching his season ERA rise to 5.96. Toronto will use a committee in the ninth inning for now. 20-year-old Roberto Osuna might be a good speculative add in fantasy leagues. Jun 23 - 4:51 PM

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Brett Cecil recorded a save for the second consecutive day on Saturday, working a scoreless 11th inning to protect a one-run lead against the Red Sox.

Cecil's save on Friday night was the first for any Blue Jay since May 4. He has posted a 3.10 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 24/6 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings on the season while converting four save chances.
Jun 13 - 5:04 PM

Brett Cecil allowed one run in a four-out save against the Red Sox on Friday.

Amazingly, it was the first save for Cecil (or any Blue Jays' pitcher) since May 4. It didn't come easy, as the southpaw entered the game in the bottom of the eighth with runners and first and third and walked the bases loaded before getting Mike Napoli to strike out to end the threat. He allowed an RBI double to Rusney Castillo in the ninth, but managed to thwart Boston's comeback attempt for his third save of the season. We're guessing he won't have to wait so long for his next opportunity.
Jun 12 - 11:20 PM

Brett Cecil retired the side in order in the ninth inning, picking up his second save of the season in Monday's 3-1 win versus the Yankees.

Cecil got Alex Rodriguez to line out to left field, Chris Young to strike out, and Gregorio Petit to ground out in a 10-pitch ninth inning. The lefty has converted both save opportunities presented since moving back into the closer's role and now has a 4.50 ERA with an 8/2 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
May 4 - 9:45 PM

Brett Cecil worked a scoreless ninth inning for the save as the Blue Jays won 11-8 over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

With the way this game had gone, even a three-run lead in the ninth didn't feel safe. Cecil was able to get two quick outs, then allowed a single to Ryan Hanigan. The lefty retired Mookie Betts on a ground out to end the contest. Cecil was recently reinstated as the Blue Jays' closer after Miguel Castro struggled, so he should see an increased amount of save chances going forward. So far this season, Cecil has blown his only save chance and owns a 6.00 ERA with a 7/2 K/BB ratio in six innings.
Apr 28 - 10:47 PM

Brett Cecil is back as the Blue Jays' closer.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after Monday's game that he would have used Cecil in a save opportunity, so this doesn't come as a big surprise. Miguel Castro has really struggled of late and will now pitch in more lower-leverage situations. Roberto Osuna and Aaron Loup will help set up. Cecil was pulled from the closer role earlier this month and his velocity is still below what we've come to expect, but he needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues as long as the opportunity is there.
Apr 28 - 3:51 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons revealed after Monday's loss to the Red Sox that he would have used Brett Cecil as his closer had an opportunity arisen.

Miguel Castro has struggled lately, as he's been scored upon in four out of his last five appearances and blown two save chances over that stretch. The 20-year-old took the loss on Monday, retiring just one of the four batters he faced. Cecil has been worse this season with a 7.20 ERA, but it appears that, at the very least, the two might be in a committee at closer at this point. "Ideally, we'll get some defined roles," Gibbons said. "Right now it's really just kind of a crap shoot but we need to settle in and run with it and live with the results, is really the way we need to start approaching it." Needless to say, it's a less than ideal situation for fantasy owners.
Apr 27 - 10:10 PM

Used in the eighth, Brett Cecil worked a hitless inning against the Yankees on Thursday, striking out two.

Bizarrely, John Gibbons yanked Cecil from the closer's role before the game, then put him in with a lead in the eighth, even though the Yankees had all their righties due up (and the lefties set to bat in the ninth). It all worked out, but it makes one wonder why Gibbons keeps backing himself into corners like this; if Cecil was going to be available tonight, it would have made far more sense to use him against the lefties. Anyway, Cecil did look better tonight, hitting 90 mph on the gun consistently. After a couple of more outings like this, Gibbons might decide to put him back in the closer's role, before most likely changing his mind again 10 minutes later.
Apr 9 - 10:17 PM

Brett Cecil has been pulled from the closer role with the Blue Jays.

Well, that was fast. The indication is that it might be a temporary move, as the Blue Jays want to get him back into form after he missed most of spring training with a sore shoulder. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons doesn't plan to go with a set closer at the moment, but 20-year-old Miguel Castro is an obvious candidate to run away with the job. He's the pitcher to pick up in this bullpen in fantasy leagues.
Apr 9 - 4:43 PM

Brett Cecil was able to get just one out after being brought in with the bases loaded and none out in the eighth Wednesday against the Yankees.

The Jays were up 3-1 when Cecil entered, but he quickly threw a wild pitch to make it 3-2. After striking out Carlos Beltran, he intentionally walked Mark Teixeira, hit Brian McCann and gave up a single to Chase Headley. At that point, it seemed like the Jays decided to save him for Thursday. He's still going to be the team's closer.
Apr 8 - 10:40 PM

Brett Cecil made his spring debut with a perfect inning Thursday against the Phillies.

Cecil was already named Toronto's closer despite missing all month with a sore shoulder. The Jays never seemed all that concerned about the shoulder, but it does make him an even riskier fantasy pick than he'd already be as an unestablished closer on a team that has always been quick to make changes.
Mar 26 - 5:29 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Sunday that Brett Cecil will be the team's closer to start the year.

It was the expected choice, but the confirmation gives fantasy owners some appreciated clarity. The decision also affects Aaron Sanchez, who will now certainly move forward as a starter. Cecil, a lefty, had a 2.70 ERA and 76/27 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings for the Jays last season.
Mar 22 - 9:43 AM

Brett Cecil (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch the first inning of a minor league game on Saturday.

If all goes well, he will repeat the process on Tuesday before hopefully returning to Grapefruit League action. The veteran left-hander is slated to open the season as the Blue Jays closer, making him relevant in all mixed leagues.
Mar 21 - 10:37 AM

Brett Cecil (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

Cecil has been slowed this month with inflammation in his left rotator cuff, but he's making some solid progress. He still has a chance to begin the year as Toronto's closer, but he can't have any setbacks moving forward.
Mar 18 - 11:25 AM

Brett Cecil (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a brief 10-pitch session off a mound on Saturday.

While it doesn't sound like much, it's a step in the right direction for Cecil who is holding out hope that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. He remains the favorite to begin the year as the Blue Jays closer.
Mar 14 - 9:24 AM

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R1Roberto Osuna
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