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Apr 21, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Craig Breslow (17) throws during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Craig Breslow (17) throws during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 27, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher
May 27, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher /

Luke Hochevar- RHP-Kansas City Royals in 2016

The former first overall selection in the 2006 amateur draft has spent the previous nine seasons with the Kansas City Royals. The former starter has been used primarily as a reliever the past three years, posting a 3.86 ERA in 40 appearances last season, 3.73 ERA in 49 appearances in 2015, and a 1.92 ERA in 2013. Hochevar missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery.

The 6’5″ right-hander owned left-handed hitters last season, limiting them to a .164 batting average while only allowing one home run in 64 plate appearances against. His career mark is more pedestrian with lefties hitting .279 off him, however that statistic may be a little skewed from his time as a starter.

The 33-year-old would be a solid addition, albeit not necessarily the answer versus lefties. He earned $5.5 million last year and could be hoping for a raise in light of the way the reliever market has played out this off season.

Hochevar side note- The former 1st overall pick was selected before Evan Longoria, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer so that has to count for something…right?

Apr 21, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher
Apr 21, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher /

Craig Breslow- LHP- Miami Marlins in 2016

The 36-year-old left-hander recently held an open workout for teams to show off his altered delivery. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com the Blue Jays, among others, were impressed with the showcase.

Breslow appeared in 15 games for the Marlins last season posting a 4.50 ERA in only 14.0 innings of work. The 11-year veteran sports a career 3.35 ERA while fanning 419 batters in 535.1 innings on the bump.

The southpaw’s splits are surprisingly similar with righties batting .244 and lefties batting .250 off him for his career. Last season, Breslow signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins earning $1.5 million once added to the roster.

Breslow side note- The Blue Jays are tied for the lead with the New York Yankees with eight team home runs off Breslow for his career.

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