Every Single 2020 Free Agent the Blue Jays could be Interested in

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – JULY 20: Garrett Richards #43 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on July 20, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – JULY 20: Garrett Richards #43 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on July 20, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Garrett Richards

Garrett Richards has had an up and down career. When he’s healthy, he’s a solid pitcher that would fit nicely apart of any teams’ rotation. Although he does tend to get injured quite often and hasn’t necessarily bounced back since being shelved.

He’s dealt with a variety of elbow issues in his career, which includes a torn ulnar collateral ligament that at once required Tommy John Surgery. He also suffered a torn patellar tendon in his knee at one point, which cut his 2014 season short.

Prior to his injury though, he put up some good numbers. His last full season dates back to 2015 when he went 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA over 32 starts throwing 207.1 innings. The season before that, he did even better going 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA with an opponent average of .201 in 26 starts.

Since the 2015 season though, he’s combined to appear in just 41 games (37 starts).

This season, he pitched in 14 games (10 starts) going 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA with an opponent average of .244 in 51.1 innings pitched.

In his career, he’s 47-41 with a 3.62 ERA over 187 games (128 starts).

The Blue Jays could view Richards as someone who has some stuff left in the tank that he has yet to bring out in him. He has done well in previous seasons although this was before his elbow injuries which can really effect the career of a pitcher and he will also be 33 years old next season.

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