The Toronto Blue Jays have slow-played the reliever free agent market this offseason, presumably looking to round out their bullpen on the cheap in search of a diamond in the rough.
Toronto’s relief corps has taken a hit this offseason as lefty Brett Cecil cashed in with the St. Louis Cardinals signing a 4 year/$30.5 million dollar pact, Joaquin Benoit signed a 1 year/$7.5 million dollar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies where he could be in line for the closer’s role, and Scott Feldman just inked a contract with the Cincinnati Reds for 1 year/$2.3 million not including incentives.
The Blue Jays need to add a lefty specialist as Aaron Loup has proven to be largely ineffective for the majority of the previous two seasons. The Jays have a handful of unproven lefties in the likes of Matt Dermody, Chad Girodo, Brett Oberholtzer, Jeff Beliveau, Tim Mayza and Ryan Borucki. However, I am fairly confident John Gibbons would not feel very comfortable going to any of these guys with the game on the line in a crucial match-up.
The back-end of the pen is much of the same with Roberto Osuna, Jason Grilli and Joe Biagini, as it stands now this trio will be relied upon heavily once again by the skipper. Danny Barnes, Bo Schultz, Ryan Tepera and Rule 5 pickup Glenn Sparkman will all be in the conversation for a bullpen role during spring training.
Here is a look at some possible hurlers who could provide some worth in the Blue Jays bullpen.