Blue Jays: Predicting how the remaining budget will be utilized

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 17: Reliever Fernando Abad
ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 17: Reliever Fernando Abad /
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Starting pitcher- Brett Anderson

2017 Stats: WAR -0.4 W4-4L   6.34 ERA   55.1 IP  13 GS

There are quite a few cheap options left on the starting pitching market. Last year around this time of the year Brett Anderson got a $3.5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. I’d expect him to get a similar deal to this, perhaps a bit more. For the Jays it makes quite some sense to bring him back. They do have $15 million to spend, but they shouldn’t be spent all on the rotation, and a deal around $3.5 million is fine for a guy who pitched reasonably well at the end of the season for the Jays. If there is a signing for the rotation, don’t expect a big one, but don’t rule it out, however, the Jays have shown interest in pitchers, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb, earlier this offseason.

Relief pitching- Fernando Abad

2017 Stats: WAR 0.5  W2-1L  3.30 ERA  43.2 IP  48 G

Although relievers have been very expensive this offseason Fernando Abad is one of the cheapest options in the relief market. The Blue Jays have depth in the bullpen, but having Tim Mayza and Aaron Loup as the main lefties isn’t an ideal situation, and even though Mayza has good potential, Abad has shown solidness over his last 4 seasons and would bring some certainty to the bullpen. He also has experience in the AL East after being in the Red Sox this past season and part of 2016. Although it is hard to predict a salary for Abad, he might get a contract like ex-Blue Jay Joe Smith did last year, which was worth $3 million.

As for a righty, with the expensive market this offseason for bullpen arms, it’s unlikely the Blue Jays make a signing. They also seem comfortable with Ryan Tepera, Dominic Leone and of course Roberto Osuna leading the bullpen. Minor league deals or waivers pickups will certainly happen and don’t rule out a signing.