The postseason has featured a plethora of high priced pitching, the Toronto Blue Jays desperately need pitching, do the math, it is time to spend on quality arms and take that next step forward.
The Washington Nationals just punched their ticket to the World Series by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in four games. The Nationals were carried by starting pitchers Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin who set the tone for the series. The Washington trio of electric arms cost $93.3 million in salary this past season.
The Houston Astros possess one of the best starting pitching trios in recent memory with the likes of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke. The devastating trifecta came with a combined $76 million dollar price tag in 2019.
Strasburg is the only of the six hurlers that were a homegrown talent having being drafted by the Nationals first overall in 2009. The remaining five were either acquired via trade or signed through free agency.
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The Blue Jays are attempting to grow their future rotation at the grassroots level as Nate Pearson, Alek Manoah and Eric Pardinho hone their craft on the farm. This is fine and dandy but the brain trust needs to find a happy medium between homegrown talent and exploring the free-agent market to see this rebuild through to fruition.
Gerrit Cole will be a free agent at seasons end and in all likelihood does not want to pitch north of the border when he was born and raised in California and grew up a Yankees fan. The writing is on the wall for Cole, but that is the ilk of player the Jays must pursue in the next season or two.
The Blue Jays have the financial flexibility that there should be no excuse to be the highest bidder when the opportunity presents itself.
Regearledd if you agree or not, all you have to do is look no further than the remaining teams in the playoff. The proof is in the postseason pudding.