Every Single 2020 Free Agent the Blue Jays could be Interested in
By Reuben Gasee
Pedro Baez has spent his whole career so far with the Dodgers where he’s seen it all from being on the losing side of the World Series and on the winning side.
During the shortened 2020 season, he appeared in 18 games posting a 3.18 ERA with an opponent average of .159 in 17 innings pitched. He also got six holds and notched two saves in the same amount of opportunities.
On his path to the World Series, he recorded an ERA of 3.52 with an opponent average of .192 over eight games.
In 2019 over a full season, he had a record of 7-2 with an ERA of 3.10 across 71 games, which consisted of 69.2 innings pitched. He held hitters to an opponent average of .174 while getting 25 holds. He went out in a save situation seven times but only became successful in one of those attempts.
In his career, Baez is 21-15 with a 3.03 ERA, 369 strikeouts compared to 270 hits given up for an opponent average of .206 in 356 innings pitched across 355 games. He has 100 career holds and three saves in 18 chances.
As he’s been on the Dodgers who have won the NL West year after year, Baez has been to the postseason each year in his career since he made his debut in 2014, although he didn’t pitch in the playoffs in 2017 as he was left off the roster.
In 31 career postseason games, he holds a 3.99 ERA with an opponent average of .210 in 29.1 innings.
Baez could be an option for the Blue Jays to pursue for the back end of the bullpen, but it would be in a set-up role. Baez doesn’t have enough closing experience, and nor is he successful in save situations.