Your Toronto Blue Jays news and notes for Thursday, February 16th.
Blue Jays talking with Mat Latos
On Wednesday news broke that the Blue Jays were nearing an agreement with veteran right-hander, Mat Latos. Latos spent the 2016 season split between the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals, finishing with a 4.89 ERA in 17 appearances, including 12 starts.
Latos broke into the MLB with the Padres in 2009, and actually finished 8th in NL Cy Young voting in 2010 when he went 14-7 with a 2.89 ERA as a 22 year old.
It’s possible he could be used as starting depth in Triple A, or the Blue Jays could be looking at him as a potential option in the bullpen.
In addition to Latos, it looks like the Blue Jays have had preliminary talks with veteran, Edwin Jackson as well. It’s not clear if the Blue Jays would be interested in bringing in both pitchers, or if this is case of “one or the other”.
Jackson was actually a Blue Jay for less than 24 hours in 2011, before being traded to St. Louis as part of the Colby Rasmus deal.
Though he started 13 games for the Padres last year, Jackson has primarily been relegated to the bullpen in recent seasons. He finished with a 5.89 ERA in 21 appears and 13 starts last season, which is a big reason why he remains unsigned at this point in the offseason.
After pitchers and catchers reported to camp on Valentines day, they held their first workout on Wednesday.
Position players will officially report to camp tomorrow on the 17th, with their first workout being held on Saturday.
Happy Birthday Russell Martin
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin celebrated his birthday with teammates on Wednesday as he turned 34 years old.
Martin finished last season .231/.335/.398 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI in the 2nd of his 5 year deal he signed before the 2015 season. As he has been the last two seasons, Martin will be counted on to lead a talented pitching staff, and contribute in the lower half of the batting lineup.
Single Game Tickets Now Available
Not someone who can justify a season ticket for the Blue Jays? Not to worry, as single game ticket packages become available today.
The Blue Jays managed to finished 3rd in MLB attendance last season, and are expected to be among the leaders again this season, assuming the team stays in the playoff hunt.