2. Brett Cecil — St. Louis Cardinals
Brett Cecil looks good in red, but he looked better in blue. The lefty specialist cashed in during free agency, thanks to four great seasons out of the Blue Jays’ bullpen. The former first-round pick of Toronto is now a St. Louis Cardinal after signing a four-year/$30.5 million deal over the winter.
The loss of Cecil was big for Toronto’s bullpen, leaving them with only Aaron Loup as a lefty specialist at the time, and that’s not saying a whole lot.
Cecil had been with the Blue Jays since 2007, first as a starter — he won 15 games in 2010 — but he really found his niche in Toronto’s bullpen, becoming a favourite of John Gibbons from 2013-2016. He had a tendency to start slow but finish very strong.
In 2013, Cecil set the Blue Jays record for facing the most consecutive batters without allowing a hit, at 43 straight batters. He was named to the All-Star team that year.