Blue Jays must shift focus to revamping the bullpen for 2020

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Daniel Hudson #44 and Yan Gomes #10 of the Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Daniel Hudson #44 and Yan Gomes #10 of the Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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The past couple of seasons the Toronto Blue Jays have filled out their bullpen with reclamation projects and low-risk arms they could flip at the trade deadline which definitely served them well.

However, with the focus geared toward winning in 2020, the Blue Jays will need to solidify their bullpen with more proven commodities to support their shiny new rotation. The likes of Ryan Tepera, Joe Biagini and Daniel Hudson have all departed the organization via trade or free agency leaving the pen in flux.

Closer Ken Giles remains in the fold while the team has added Anthony Bass and Shun Yamaguchi to compliment returnees Sam Gaviglio, Wilmer Font, Thomas Pannone, and Jordan Romano. The Jays would still be best served to bring in a couple of proven arms that can bridge the gap to Giles in close games.

Hudson is still available on the open market but it is reported the World Series champion is looking for a multi-year pact with an average annual salary of around $6 million per. While former players Derek Law and David Phelps are also still available. Law was serviceable last season making 58 appearances and saving five games, it was somewhat surprising the team opted not to tender Law a contract at the conclusion of the season.

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The Blue Jays could also look at adding some available veteran arms who have enjoyed success at various points in their careers. Relievers like Tony Cingrani, Will Harris, Yoshihisa Hirano, Hector Rondon, Cody Allen, and Jacob Barnes are all still searching for new teams.

If the brain trust plan to fill the voids rather in-house, they have Yennsy Diaz, Thomas Hatch, Sean Reid-Foley and Hector Perez all on the 40-man roster.

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The relief market has been slow to develop this offseason but it will presumably pick-up in the coming weeks at which time you can expect the Jays to strike and add an arm or two.

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