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Blue Jays have also “shown interest” in RHP Dan Straily

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 07: Dan Straily #58 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 07: Dan Straily #58 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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Straily, 30, was released by the Miami Marlins on March 25 after pitching to an ERA of 4.12 in 122.1 innings last season.

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the Blue Jays have “shown interest” in right-hander Dan Straily, who was released by the Miami Marlins on March 25.

Straily, 30, pitched to an ERA of 4.12 in 122.1 frames for the Marlins in 2018, striking out 99 and walking 52. Acquired in January 2017 from the Cincinnati Reds, Straily owns a career 4.23 ERA in parts of seven seasons.

Davidi notes that if Straily clears release waivers, he will be slated to earn $3.8 million in 2019 instead of the $5 million he would’ve earned had he stayed with Miami.

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Prior to joining the Reds organization in 2016, the native of Redlands, California also logged time with the Cubs, Athletics, and Astros organizations.

Monday, it was reported by Davidi that the Blue Jays had at least some level of interest in free-agent pitcher Edwin Jackson, who would also serve a similar purpose as Straily: eat innings.

For his career, Straily has 42 wins, 648 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.276. In 2013, he placed fourth in American League Rookie of the Year voting as a member of the Athletics.

As Davidi notes, Straily would likely join the rotation instead of Trent Thornton, who, right now, is the best internal candidate to cover Ryan Borucki‘s rotation spot while he recovers from a minor arm ailment.

While no teams have expressed interest in Straily as of right now, many insiders, including Melissa Lockard of The Athletic, have suggested that he could be a decent value pickup, in her case for the Athletics.

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At this point, it is unclear just how much interest the Blue Jays are in Straily, though it wouldn’t be overly surprising if he were signed in the coming days.

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