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27 Brett Cecil RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/220 | Birthdate: 7/2/1986 | Birthplace: Dunkirk, MD | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Toronto | College: Maryland | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $510,000 | Owned/Started%: 5/3 | Average Draft Position: 165.66
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Blue Jays' Gibbons yet to settle on closer, could use committee


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that while Brett Cecil has the ability to close, he might not serve as the team's closer, the National Post reports.

"He could do it. He might not. It might be somebody else," Gibbons said.

The manager also raised the possibility of using multiple closers.

"It could be one of those deals where one night he might be closing, the other night he might have to come in at the end of the seventh or eighth inning," Gibbons said.

Despite the face that Gibbons hasn't deemed Cecil his closer, he did praise his pitching ability Tuesday.

"He’s got some overpowering stuff," Gibbons said. "He’s a lefty and I don’t think there’s a better curveball out there. He can throw it for strikes, he can bring it down low in the zone and bounce it for a strikeout. That’s kind of his go-to pitch. He doesn’t rattle. He’s pretty confident and calm when he’s out there."

Cecil went 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA, 76:27 K:BB ratio and five saves in 53 1/3 innings in 2014. He owns a 11.1 career K/9 rate in relief.


Blue Jays RP Brett Cecil recovers from flu, throws bullpen session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil threw his first bullpen session Wednesday after sitting out the previous two days due to the flu, per MLB.com.

"I thought he looked really good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I thought he looked a little pale, but I thought he threw the ball really well."


Blue Jays' Brett Cecil believes he can close


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil believes he can be the team's closer, according to MLB.com.

"Absolutely, I want it," Cecil said. "I don't think I necessarily have to prove anything. I can't go out there and tank Spring Training, but I think they know I can do it." Cecil did manage to notch five saves last season. He posted a 2.70 ERA over 53 1/3 innings with the club.

Cecil is expected to compete for the closer role with Aaron Sanchez during camp. Sanchez has started in the past, but it's unclear if the team will stretch him out this spring. 


Blue Jays' Brett Cecil behind Aaron Sanchez in closer battle?


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that pitcher Brett Cecil would likely be the closer if the season started today, unless Aaron Sanchez is in the bullpen as well, Sportsnet reports.

Cecil picked up five saves in 2014 while posting a 2.70 ERA and 76:27 K:BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. He's been excellent since being transitioned to the bullpen full-time in 2013. Sanchez, the team's No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America, would like to start but may be squeezed out of the rotation during the spring.

GM Alex Anthopoulos said in November that the team wanted Sanchez to remain stretched out during the spring despite J.A. Happ being penciled into the final spot in the rotation. However, Gibbons indicated earlier this week that Sanchez could factor into the closer mix if he's placed in the bullpen.


Blue Jays RP Brett Cecil agrees to $2.475M salary to avoid arbitration


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Blue Jays avoided arbitration with reliever Brett Cecil, agreeing to a one-year, $2.475 million deal for 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cecil, who was an All-Star in 2013, went 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 66 relief appearances in 2014. He struck out 76 batters in 53 1/3 innings.


Brett Cecil picks up four out save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil picked up a four out save Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Cecil took over with a three-run lead. He turned in a perfect 1 1/3 innings. After getting David Ortiz to groundout in the eighth, Cecil came back and struck out the side in the ninth. He threw 14 pitches, 13 of which were strikes. 


Brett Cecil earns fourth save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil picked up his fourth save Tuesday, throwing just two pitches before recording the final out of his team's 7-3 win over the Red Sox.

Cecil was called upon to clean up a ninth-inning mess with two runners already home and two more on base. He successfully did his job to earn his first save since May 24. Cecil owns a 3.77 ERA and 39:19 K:BB ratio in 31 innings.


Brett Cecil back, Anthony Gose down for Toronto


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Blue Jays setup man Brett Cecil has returned to active status after spending time on the disabled list with a groin issue. Outfielder Anthony Gose has been sent down to Triple-A Buffalo to make room.

Cecil was performing well until giving up two runs in his last three appearances combined.


Brett Cecil to be activated Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil will be activated Friday, according to MLB.com.

Cecil has been sidelined with a groin injury, but is ready to return. Over 26 1/3 innings, Cecil has posted a 3.76 ERA. 


Brett Cecil surrenders home run in rehab debut Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil made his rehab debut with Triple-A Buffalo Monday, surrendering a solo home run and one more hit in one inning of work.

Cecil has been sidelined since June 18 while recovering from a groin injury. He owns a 3.76 ERA and 36:16 K:BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings.


Brett Cecil to begin rehab assignment Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil (groin) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo Monday, according to the National Post.

Brett Cecil eyeing rehab assignment next week


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil threw off a mound for the first time Friday, and should be able to go out on a minor-league rehab assignment in the coming days.

Cecil, who is working his way back from a groin injury, could begin a rehab assignment Tuesday for Triple-A Buffalo, according to MLB.com. He hopes to return sometime during the team's upcoming road trip in Oakland and Los Angeles. 


Brett Cecil throws bullpen session Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Blue Jays short reliever Brett Cecil threw a bullpen session Friday to further his recovery from a groin injury. He has been out since June 18.

Brett Cecil aggravates injury in return; DL trip needed


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil thought he was healthy enough to pitch Wednesday, but he suffered a setback in his return to action and will head to the disabled list following a 7-3 loss to the Yankees.

"I'm going on the DL," Cecil told MLB.com. "I just checked with them to make sure we're all on the same page, and I will be going on the DL. It stinks, but I said I was ready to go today, everything felt good, but I also said I don't know how it's going to hold up under the adrenaline of coming out of the bullpen,

Cecil suffered the injury last Friday, and aggravated it on his second pitch of the night. He had been able to throw off flat ground and in the bullpen without issue, but will now have to go on the DL without being able to backdate the assignment. A corresponding move has not been announced.  


Brett Cecil ready to pitch Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil told SportsNet.ca he is available for Wednesday's game against the Yankees, after sitting out three games with a groin injury. He has not pitched since suffering the injury during Friday's game. 

Brett Cecil hoping for Tuesday return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil is hoping for a return Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

Cecil is dealing with an injured groin, and was not available to pitch Sunday. Cecil was walking around with an ice pack prior to Sunday's game. "We've got to treat the heck out of it today, get back in there, treat it and hopefully he's available on Tuesday," pitching coach Pete Walker said. 

Cecil has posted a 3.51 ERA over 25 2/3 innings. 


Brett Cecil on short leash with groin injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) John Gibbons is not going to give Blue Jays setup man Brett Cecil much time to recovery from a groin strain before placing him on the disabled list, though that move has been avoided for now.

Cecil is listed as day-to-day. He has been lights-out in his role. He has given up just one run in his last 13 appearances covering nine innings.


Brett Cecil avoids DL as Darin Mastroianni sent down


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) The Blue Jays have optioned outfielder Darin Mastroianni to Triple-A Buffalo, which is good news for reliever Brett Cecil. Cecil has avoided the disabled list despite a groin injury that forced his removal from the Friday night game against Baltimore.

Mastroianni had just been recalled Wednesday. He is hitless in 13 at-bats for Toronto this season.


Brett Cecil exits game with groin injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil was forced out of Friday's game against the Orioles in Baltimore with a groin injury.

Cecil issued two hits and struck out one before leaving the game in the eighth inning. He owns a 3.51 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings of relief. His status remains uncertain for Saturday against Baltimore.


Brett Cecil records save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Monday to earn his second save in his team's 3-0 win over the Phillies.

Cecil has pitched well in three May appearances while the team's bullpen has struggled, and he could be in line for more save opportunities this week before Casey Janssen returns. He owns a 3.68 ERA and 24:9 K:BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings.


Sergio Santos misses save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Sergio Santos was tasked with getting the final out Wednesday after Mark Buehrle pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings, but he was removed after walking the first batter he faced.

Manager John Gibbons decided to play matchups and brought in lefty Brett Cecil, who rang up Matt Joyce on four pitches to pick up his first save of the season in his team's 3-0 win over the Rays. Santos will still be the favorite for saves while Casey Janssen is on the shelf, but Cecil is a definite matchup option in the ninth inning after pitching fantastically this spring.


Blue Jays to open year with eight-man bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) The Blue Jays announced Wednesday they will open the season with an eight-man bullpen. The bullpen will include closer Casey Janssen, Sergio Santos, Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil, Aaron Loup, Todd Redmond, Esmil Rogers and Jeremy Jeffress.

Brett Cecil avoids arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil has avoided arbitration with the club, according to the New York Post.

Cecil is set to make $1.3 million next season. He finished the season with a 2.82 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. 


Blue Jays tender contracts to three


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) The Blue Jays tendered contracts to three players Monday, ahead of the league-imposed deadline. The team opted to bring back pitchers Esmil Rogers and Brett Cecil, along with outfielder Colby Rasmus, and their salaries will be determined based on the results of the arbitration process if contracts cannot be agreed to ahead of time. 

Brett Cecil moved to 60-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil has been moved to the 60-day disabled list Thursday.

Cecil has been dealing with elbow inflammation, and was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Ryan Langerhans, who was called up. Cecil finished the year with a 2.82 ERA in 60 2/3 innings.