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Brett Cecil | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/2/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wouldn't commit to using Brett Cecil as his closer, according to John Lott of the National Post.
Gibbons was ambivalent about having Cecil close, saying, "He could do it. He might not. It might be somebody else." Aaron Sanchez is the other candidate to grab the role. Alternatively, Gibbons could play match-ups with both pitchers. Cecil, since becoming a full-time reliever in 2013, has a 2.76 ERA and a 146/50 K/BB ratio in 114 innings over the last two seasons. Mar 3 - 12:04 PM

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Brett Cecil admitted Sunday that he wants to be the Blue Jays closer and believes he can be successful in that role.

"Absolutely, I want it" Cecil acknowledged when questioned on the subject. He elaborated on his comfort in the role, "I've done it before at this level, I've never been labeled with having the closer's role, solely having it, but having that label isn't going to change anything either." While he does own six career saves and an above-average strikeout rate, Aaron Sanchez would seem to make the most sense as the Jays' stopper, provided they don't keep him in the rotation.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 22 - 6:05 PM

Blue Jays and LHP Brett Cecil avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.475 million contract.

Cecil made $1.3 million last season while posting a 2.70 ERA with five saves and a 76/27 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the final time next winter.
Jan 15 - 4:09 PM

Brett Cecil got the save for the Blue Jays on Wednesday, retiring all four Red Sox he faced in a 5-2 game.

The Jays decided to give Casey Janssen the night off after Tuesday's debacle, but he remains the team's closer. Cecil's save was his fifth of the year. He's struck out 18 batters in 10 innings this month and 61 in 43 2/3 innings for the year.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:25:00 PM

Blue Jays activated LHP Brett Cecil from the 15-day disabled list.

Cecil has been on the shelf since mid-June with a groin injury. The left-hander holds a 3.51 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings this season for the Blue Jays.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 01:47:00 PM

Brett Cecil (groin) will be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Cecil has been on the shelf since mid-June with a groin injury but has been cleared to return after making two rehab appearances with no issues. The left-hander holds a 3.51 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings this season.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 06:56:00 PM

Brett Cecil (groin) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Monday.

Cecil reported no issues when throwing off a mound on Friday and looks as though he'll only require the minimal amount of time on the disabled list. Barring any setbacks, he could be cleared to rejoin the Jays bullpen before the end of next week.
Sun, Jun 29, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Brett Cecil (groin) threw a bullpen session Friday.

It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since going on the DL over a week ago with a groin ailment. Cecil's timetable hasn't been established, but he seems likely to be ready in early July if he can avoid setbacks.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 04:04:00 PM

Blue Jays placed LHP Brett Cecil on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury.

Cecil exited last Friday's game versus the Orioles with groin tightness and hadn't made enough progress over the past several days. The left-hander holds a 3.51 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings this season.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 10:46:00 PM

Brett Cecil (groin) could pitch Tuesday.

Cecil has been idle since exiting his appearance Friday against the Orioles with groin tightness. The lefty reliever owns a 3.51 ERA in 25 2/3 innings this season.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 04:30:00 PM

Brett Cecil was forced to leave Friday's game against the Orioles in the eighth inning due to tightness in his groin.

He's set to be further evaluated on Saturday, where a determination will be made on his status. Cecil hopes to avoid the disabled list, but has dealt with similar injuries in the past that did require him to hit the shelf for a while.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 12:06:00 AM

Brett Cecil was removed from Friday's game against the Orioles in the eighth inning with an apparent injury.

Cecil felt something after delivering a pitch to Chris Davis, and was quickly greeted by the training staff who made the call to pull him. The Blue Jays should have an update on his status after the conclusion of the game.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 10:04:00 PM

Brett Cecil notched his third save of the season Saturday against the Athletics.

R.A. Dickey got the first out of the ninth inning, but was pulled after allowing a hit and a walk. Dustin McGowan then gave up a single to load the bases before Cecil entered to retire Jed Lowrie on a sacrifice fly and strike out Alberto Callaspo swinging. Casey Janssen was unavailable Saturday after appearing in three out of the previous four games, but he should be good to go Sunday.
Sat, May 24, 2014 03:56:00 PM

Brett Cecil netted his second save of the 2014 season on Monday, working a perfect inning to preserve a 3-0 win over the Phillies.

The Blue Jays appear set with the idea of utilizing a closer-by-committee approach until Casey Janssen returns from the disabled list, making any of the late-inning options difficult to trust. Cecil has been good out of the Jays bullpen this season, registering a 3.68 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings.
Mon, May 5, 2014 10:31:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Matt Hague
3Daric Barton
4Jake Fox
2B1Maicer Izturis
2Ryan Goins
3Steve Tolleson
4Ramon Santiago
SS1Jose Reyes
2Jonathan Diaz
3Munenori Kawasaki
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Dayan Viciedo
3Andy Dirks
4Chris Dickerson
CF1Dalton Pompey
2Kevin Pillar
3Ezequiel Carrera
4Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Caleb Gindl
DH1Justin Smoak
2Chris Colabello
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1R.A. Dickey
2Mark Buehrle
3Drew Hutchison
4Marcus Stroman
5Aaron Sanchez
6Marco Estrada
7Daniel Norris
8Johan Santana
9Andrew Albers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brett Cecil
2Aaron Loup
3Todd Redmond
4Chad Jenkins
5Ryan Tepera
6Scott Barnes
7Preston Guilmet
8Matt West
9Gregory Infante
10Jeff Francis
11Scott Copeland
12Cory Burns
13Wilton Lopez
14Greg Burke