David Phelps (32) RHP
Trade Potential: MODERATE
Contract: 2.5 Million (Club option 2020)
2018: Tommy John surgery (Marlins/Mariners 3.40 era in 2017)
- It’s uncertain if David Phelps will be ready for opening day, but in a Toronto Blue Jays season of rebuilding it may not matter. Phelps did not play at all in 2018 after having Tommy John surgery, and I doubt if the Blue Jays will rush him back this season. If he can return to form and replicate his 3.40ERA from 2017, then there is a strong chance he could play himself into a trade. His contract is very appealing being both low in dollar amount with a club option for 2020.
Joe Biagini (28) RHP
Trade Potential: LOW
Contract: One year 900,000 (Free agent 2022)
2018: 6.00ERA in 72 IP. -0.4 WAR
- Joe Biagini is a whole two years removed from his 3.72 ERA now. His attempt at becoming a starter has been finally laid to rest, and he will be exclusively seen out of the bullpen in 2019. His current trade potential is low, due mostly to the lackluster play the last two seasons. If Biagini can somehow re-create some of that magic from 2016, and pitch well out of the bullpen in 2019, then he would become a viable trade option.
Clayton Richard (35) LHP
Trade Potential: HIGH
Contract: Three million (Final year)
2018: 5.33ERA in 158.2IP. -1.2WAR
- Clayton Richard has been a starter for most of his career, but after a tough 2018 he could make his way to the bullpen depending how some things shake out. If Richard were to pitch poorly in spring training, or Sean Reid-Foley pitches really well, the veteran could be on the outs for the starting rotation. Given that Richard is a lefty and the Blue Jays only have one other bullpen lefty in Tim Mayza, he could be converted to the bullpen early, and if he succeeds there then potentially traded as he is in his final year of his contract.