The Toronto Blue Jays are living proof this season that the old adage in baseball rings true that you can never have enough pitching. The Jays have relied on the likes of Casey Lawrence, Mat Latos, and Mike Bolsinger to be mound stop-gaps at different times throughout the season thus far.
This is precisely the reason why the Blue Jays should look at a reunion with former Jays hurler Henderson Alvarez is a free agent in search of a new employer. Alvarez is fully recovered from shoulder issues and will be holding a showcase today in Miami for prospective suitors.
Jon Heyman reported yesterday that 14 teams have expressed interest in the former All-Star hurler who has major league time with the Jays and the Miami Marlins. The 27-year old native of Venezuela broke into the majors in 2011 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Jays shipped Alvarez to the Marlins in that 2012 offseason blockbuster that involved Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle coming to Toronto among others. Alvarez no-hit the Detroit Tigers in 2013 as the no-no came to fruition in walk-off fashion while Alvarez was in the on-deck circle. Blue Jays utility player Chris Coghlan was a teammate of Alvarez during that contest.
Alvarez would, however, enjoy his most successful while with the fish in 2014 posting a 2.65 earned run average in 30 starts and finishing 12th in the NL Cy Young voting. He boasts a 3.80 ERA in 92 career starts while pitching to groundball contact.
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Alvarez hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 after undergoing bicep and shoulder surgery in September of last year. Even though his health is a major question mark, the hurler is definitely worth a look on a low-risk minor league pact.
The Jays will hopefully do their due diligence and at the very least attend the showcase to see what Alvarez has left in the tank. No word on what teams will be in attendance or have shown any interest in “Hendo”.