Blue Jays: 5 LH relief pitchers to consider

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Jerry Blevins   (32)
2015: 5.0 IP, 0.00 ERA

Blevins represents one of the more interesting free agent cases on the bullpen market after missing the majority of 2015 with a fractured arm that eventually led to a season-ending surgery. The 6’6″ lefty is not a top-tier option by any means, but concerns over his ability to return effectively in 2015 could drive his price down. If he’s right, Blevins has shown real potential through his career.

Spending the first six year of his Major League career with the Oakland Athletics organization, Blevins offered some reasonable consistency out of the bullpen while mixing in the odd plus season. He finished off his tenure there with a 2.86 ERA in 2011, 2.48 in 2012 and 3.15 in 2013, which in Billy Beane‘s eyes, made him a sell high candidate.

Blevins wasn’t himself in 2014 with the Nationals, and despite striking out opposing hitters at a career-best rate, his ERA jumped north. A 4.87 ERA paired with a 2.77 FIP suggests that luck wasn’t always on his side, though. In fact, his Fangraphs WAR of 0.8 was his best to date.

He’ll lean primarily on a sinking fastball that tops out around 91 MPH, which he pairs with a decent curveball. This could be someone who’s looking for a one-year deal to re-establish his value, and if the dollars keep Toronto away from a Bastardo or Sipp, Blevins could represent a more comfortable resting spot.

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