Could the Toronto Blue Jays look to the free-agent market for a late addition once the roster freeze is lifted, there are still some decent names available?
When the 2020 season finally gets underway, it will be a shortened campaign with every contest having playoff ramifications. The team that gets out of the gate on the right foot may be the first to the finish line. This year is a sprint, not a marathon for the Blue Jays.
In saying that, could the Blue Jays attempt to gain an advantage via the free-agent route, there are still some serviceable players looking for new teams who could provide upside.
Yasiel Puig is still kicking around on the open market, there was a report yesterday that he has received multiple offers from a variety of teams, however, no specific teams were mentioned. The Miami Marlins had made an earlier offer to Puig this offseason but nothing matriculated from the talks. It is unknown if the Blue Jays would welcome Puig and the baggage that naturally comes with the outfielder.
The Blue Jays stocked up the starting pitching cupboard this past offseason, however, there is always room to add viable bullpen arms. According to MLB Trade Rumors, these are the remaining pitchers available in free agency. A few names on the list will be familiar to Blue Jays fans as the likes of Sanchez, Buchholz, Estrada, and Richard are all seeking a new place to pitch.
Here is the remaining list of available hurlers: Matt Albers, Victor Alcantara, Buddy Boshers, Tony Sipp, Daniel Stumpf, Tony Cingrani, Jonny Venters, Zach Duke, Wei-Chung Wang, Pat Neshek, Fernando Rodney, Addison Reed, Arodys Vizcaino, Steven Wright, Sam Dyson, Shawn Kelley, Wily Peralta, Andrew Cashner, Clay Buchholz, Aaron Sanchez, Clayton Richard, Danny Salazar, Jason Vargas, Marco Estrada, and Matt Harvey.
Around the infield, there are still a handful of players including Devon Travis, Scooter Gennett, Addison Russell, Tim Beckham, and Jung Ho Kang. Mark Reynolds was also available, however, he just announced his retirement a few days earlier.
Russell Martin and Jesus Sucre are the pair of catchers who will be canvassing for a new opportunity while Hanley Ramirez, Mark Trumbo, and Lucas Duda will attempt to prolong their careers one more time.
The Blue Jays could look to add an arm or two from this list or even a reunion with Estrada or Sanchez could be in the cards as both players attempt to jump-start their careers.
Does anyone from the available list intrigue you, who would you like to see the Jays add to their roster before the start of the campaign?