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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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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 29: Matt Shoemaker #34 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the Wild Card Round Game One against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 29, 2020 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Matt Shoemaker

Matt Shoemaker has actually been a solid pitcher in his career, it’s just that he’s been marred by injuries which has effected his ability to stay on the field and pitch.

After making only 21 starts combined over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the Angels non-tendered him which made him a free agent. The Blue Jays picked him up and he has done more than fine but the injury bug struck him again.

In 2019, he made only five starts as he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He did really well though going 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA while limiting opposing hitters to bat a measly .163 off him.

In the 2020 season, he dealt with a shoulder injury that limited him to just six starts going 0-1 with a 4.71 ERA with an opponent average of .210.

In both the 2019 and 2020 seasons, he threw an identical 28.2 innings pitched and gave up the same amount of free passes in both campaigns (nine) with his first season with the Blue Jays being better.

He was named the Game 1 starter in the wild card round against the Rays in which he didn’t give up a run over three innings.

In his career, he’s compiled 43-33 record with a 3.86 ERA with an opponent average of .247 over 602.1 frames.

Shoemaker could come back and be in the middle of the Jays rotation, although he is also garnering interest from other teams including the Rangers and the division rival, pitching starved Red Sox.

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