The Toronto Blue Jays passed on pitchers Kyle Gibson and Drew Pomeranz as two more free agents inked deals with new clubs earlier today.
Gibson went 13-9 with a 4.84 earned run average with a 9.0 SO/9 ratio and a 0.3 WAR in 34 games last season with Minnesota. The financial implications are around market value but that third year was probably the clincher for Gibson’s camp.
I am not sure I would have wanted the Blue Jays to go any more than two-years guaranteed on Gibson. The hurler seems to be on the decline and saw his earned run average almost spike to 5.00 in 2019.
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Also coming off the board was pitcher Drew Pomeranz who signed a deal with the San Diego Padres and it is also expected to also be a three-year term. Pomeranz spent last season with the Giants and Brewers making 46 appearances including 18 starts.
The Jays seem content on slow-playing the market after preliminary talks with Jake Odorizzi spurned the hurler to accept his qualifying offer from the Twins. The Jays have added Chase Anderson via trade and signed pitcher A.J. Cole to a minor- league deal with an invite to spring training earlier this week.
A report surfaced earlier today that the Orioles are currently searching for a trade partner for pitcher Dylan Bundy. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Orioles are currently in talks with teams but no trade is imminent. Bundy has been stung for 30 losses over the past two seasons on an underachieving Baltimore team.
It may be slow for the next few days in terms of movement as the American Thanksgiving looms. Hopefully, the Jays will make a splash next week and give us something to be thankful for.