Blue Jays: 2017 Free Agent Bullpen Targets To Consider
By Jason Lee
Wade Davis (32 years old)
2017 Salary: 10 million dollars
2017 Stats: 2.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 58.2 IP
Avg Fastball Velocity: 94.6 mph
Wade Davis is one of the best closers in all of baseball. He has ample experience in both the AL and the postseason and seems like a great candidate to sign. The problem is that the Blue Jays would have to give Davis a lot of money and years to bring him to Toronto. Is it worth the commitment? The 2015 Royals, the 2016 Indians, and the 2017 Yankees sure think so.
Greg Holland (32 years old)
2017 Salary: 13 million dollars
2017 Stats: 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 57.1 IP
Avg Fastball Velocity: 93.7 mph
While Greg Holland’s 2017 numbers may not be a cause for much excitement, he should still be considered an elite reliever. Much of those numbers are likely inflated from a late-year performance that was affected by fatigue (coming off Tommy John Surgery in 2016). From 2011-2014, Holland had a 1.86 ERA while closing 113 games. Another year from Tommy John surgery could very well bring Holland back to “Top 5 closer” status. However, there is still a lot of risk involved.
Other Options: Seung-hwan Oh
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