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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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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 19: Chaz Roe #52 of the Tampa Bay Rays in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 19, 2020 in New York City. The Rays defeated the Yankees 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 19: Chaz Roe #52 of the Tampa Bay Rays in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 19, 2020 in New York City. The Rays defeated the Yankees 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Chaz Roe

Chaz Roe has been pitching in the American League East in a Rays jersey for the past four seasons where he’s quietly been a key piece in Tampa’s always deep bullpen.

He only appeared in 10 games during the 2020 season posting an ERA of 2.89 over 9.1 innings, but that was due to a sore elbow he suffered which didn’t allow him to remain healthy for the duration of the season.

2019 was his best season as he put up career high numbers in appearances (71), innings pitched (51) and strikeouts (65). He also was credited for 25 holds and only gave up three home runs.

Throughout his career which he has spent the entirety as a relief pitcher, he holds a 3.82 ERA across 244 games with 243 strikeouts compared to 188 hits given up in 216.2 innings pitched along with 67 holds.

Roe induces quite a few grounders, as he has a career groundball rate of 49%, although he does have some trouble with command as he averages 4.2 walks per nine innings (BB/9). Also, Roe is known to have a nasty slider that can be used as a strikeout pitch or one to get a groundball to set up a double play. The slider is also his primary pitch according to Baseball Savant.

Maybe pitching coach Pete Walker can work on Roe’s command if he comes to the Blue Jays, which would make it a beneficial addition to the team’s bullpen and the pitcher himself.

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