Former Starting Pitchers
Drafted by the Blue Jays in 2012, Marcus Stroman was having a fantastic season for them in 2019, pitching to a 2.96 ERA with 99 strikeouts in 21 games started. The relationship between Stroman and the front office soured over time, as the two sides could not agree on a contract extension, so the organization shipped him off to the New York Mets at the trade deadline in exchange for Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson.
In 2020, Stroman was going to be a part of the Mets starting rotation until he tore his calf muscle during the Summer Camp. Midway through August, Stroman decided to opt-out for the remainder of the 2020 season citing the COVID-19 pandemic, and will now become a free agent later this year. He did not pitch during the 2020 season.
Aaron Sanchez was one of the longest-tenured Blue Jays heading into the 2019 season, having been drafted by the organization in 2010. Injuries have plagued him his entire pro career, and the right-hander was having a bit of a down year for the Blue Jays last season. He would end up being traded at the deadline to the Houston Astros as one of the pieces for outfielder Derek Fisher.
While he did help pitch in a combined no-hitter for the Astros last season, he would finish the season on the injured list once again and would have to undergo shoulder surgery. Sanchez was non-tendered by the Astros during the off-season and is currently a free agent.
The name that brings back a few bad memories.
Edwin Jackson was brought in to help the Blue Jays when the starting rotation kept going down with injuries. He would pitch not so well with the Jays, crafting a lofty 11.12 ERA while giving up 35 earned runs in just 28.1 innings of work.
The Blue Jays would release Jackson after being DFA’d and would join the Detroit Tigers shortly after. He would join the Arizona Diamondbacks as a non-roster invitee to spring training during the off-season but would be released by the organization on June 1. He is currently a free agent.
Traded North of the border during the off-season, Clayton Richard had a bit of a rough go as a member of the Blue Jays. He would throw to a 5.96 ERA with only 22 strikeouts in 45.1 innings of work over the course of 10 starts. He would spend some time on the IL before the season began and would be released by the team midway through September.
A free agent to begin the 2020 season, Richard would sign a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox on August 3. He has not pitched in the MLB this season.
Another veteran signee before the 2019 season, Clay Buchholz would also have a rough year as a member of the Blue Jays. Dogged by a shoulder injury for most of the season, Buchholz would pitch in just 12 games and would finish the year with a 6.56 ERA and a 1.492 WHIP with 39 strikeouts and 16 walks.
The Blue Jays would let him walk after the season was over and he is currently a free agent.