Blue Jays could potentially add another reliever
The Toronto Blue Jays could still potentially be in the market for another reliever after only committing $8 million to secure the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
The Blue Jays still have money to spend according to General Manager Ross Atkins who is still focussed on pitching according to a recent tweet from Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.
The addition of another reliever would make sense in light of the plan to keep Joe Biagini stretched out as a starter and potentially have him behind the season in Triple-A Buffalo as essentially the sixth man in the rotation in the event of an injury.
The addition of a reliable bullpen arm would definitely go a long way in affording the Blue Jays the opportunity of keeping Biagini in a starters role. If the Giants recent signing of Tony Watson is any indication of where the reliever market is at this juncture of the offseason then the Jays may be able to land a decent arm on the cheap.
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The likes of Greg Holland, Trevor Rosenthal, Zach Putnam, Robbie Ross and Seung-hwan Oh all remain unsigned as well as Trevor Cahill who moonlights as both a starter and a reliever depending on the need.
Former Blue Jays’ Jason Grilli, Joaquin Benoit, Jesse Chavez, Brett Anderson and Francisco Liriano are all in search of a new employer for the 2018 season as well.
The Jays current bullpen outlook has Roberto Osuna, Ryan Tepera, Danny Barnes, Aaron Loup, Carlos Ramirez and possibly Matt Dermody as a lefty specialist all tabbed as frontrunners to break camp with the team. There is also a slew of relievers in camp on minor league deals like Canadian John Axford, Craig Breslow, Jake Petricka and Al Alburquerque.
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You can never have enough pitching depth especially if they can add a pitcher with the track record and makeup of a Greg Holland or Trevor Rosenthal to the pen at this stage of the game.