Toronto Blue Jays: The familiar faces in the NL East
By Reuben Gasee
Former Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano signed with the Phillies this offseason on a one year deal. While he was mainly a starter with the Blue Jays, he’s most likely to find himself in a relief role for the Phillies as he came out of the bullpen 69 times for their crosstown rivals in the Pittsburgh Pirates.
On January 8th, 2016, the Jays traded speedster Ben Revere to the Nationals for Drew Storen. He was brought in to help anchor the back of the bullpen in an attempt to form a dominant 8th-9th inning duo of him and Roberto Osuna but he ended up being a disaster as he posted a 6.21 ERa with a .309 opponent average in 38 games. At least the Jays were able to flip him for Joaquin Benoit who found his groove again after arriving in Toronto. Storen hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2017 and with rosters expanded to 30 to start off the season, this is his chance to return to the big leagues and pitch his way onto the team.
Prior to the 2015 season, the Yankees traded for Didi Gregorius to be Derek Jeter‘s replacement. He spent five years with the Yankees and signed with the Phillies in the offseason to reunite with his former manager Joe Girardi, who was the longtime manager of the Yankees until his dismissal after the 2017 season. The Phillies also brought in Girardi in the offseason as their new manager in Philly after firing former skipper Gabe Kapler.