Toronto Blue Jays pending UFA’s: Re-sign or pass
By Reuben Gasee
Anthony Bass was plucked off waivers a year ago after he was let go by the Seattle Mariners. When the Blue Jays brought him in, they gave him a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
With the Blue Jays, he appeared in 26 games posting a 3.51 E.R.A. with an opponent average of .189 in 25.2 innings. He also recorded seven saves when he was at a time, inserted into the closer’s role. He blew two saves and got four holds.
Bass is a pitcher who rarely relies on his fastball as he’s more of a sinkerball pitcher while mixing in a slider. In fact, he only threw one fastball all season. This is effective in keeping the ball in the yard as he only gave up two home runs in the 2020 season.
In his career, he’s appeared in 217 games which he holds a 4.32 E.R.A. with an opponent average of .253 over 373 innings pitched.
So, should the Blue Jays re-sign or pass on Bass?
Bass did really well in a Blue Jays uniform that the front office should attempt to re-sign him. While relievers are very volatile in regards to year-to-year performance, Bass seems like a good bet to carry on from his success.
In 2019, he posted a 3.56 E.R.A. with an opponent average of .179 over 44 games. This shows that he can put up good back-to-back years.
Bass is someone that can be relied on, especially late in the game and in tight situations. A deal for Bass could be something like two years, $8 million.