The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly been one of the most active teams in free agency this offseason, however, all their talking has only translated into Tanner Roark.
The Blue Jays walked away from the annual Winter Meetings with another pitcher in tow after coming to terms on a two-year pact with innings-eater Tanner Roark. The signing to me only makes sense if the team adds a front of line starter like Hyun-Jin Ryu or someone of that ilk. Roark is a viable arm if he is fourth on the starting pitching depth chart, not one or two.
The team apparently has made offers to a handful of players but those said players have opted for other teams once the ink has dried on their new deals. The Jays reportedly made an offer to Kyle Gibson according to manager Charlie Montoyo before he decided to sign with the Rangers.
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The Jays were said to be heavily pursuing Josh Lindblom before he signed with the Brewers on a three-year pact. The team was also said to be in negotiations with former Red Sox hurler Rick Porcello before he signed on the dotted line with the New York Mets for one-year.
A report even surfaced that the brain trust and skipper had a home visit with free-agent Mike Moustakas prior to the Winter Meetings, however, he eventually signed with the Reds.
We keep hearing they want to add an impact pitcher and are being aggressive on all fronts and yet all we have is Tanner Roark to show for it. Ross Atkins and company need to find a way to land some premier talent and solidify their rotation.
If they plan on bandaging the rotation with pitchers of Roark’s pedigree then they may as well just let the kids play for another season and save Rogers money. Talk is cheap!!!!!