If the Blue Jays aren’t interested in Gausman or lose out on his services, they could also be looking into his former rotation teammate in Anthony DeSclafani.
After posting rough numbers with the Cincinnati Reds during the shortened 2020 season, DeSclafani posted career numbers with the San Francisco Giants in 2021. A former sixth-round pick by the Blue Jays back in 2011, the right-hander was part of the massive trade with the Miami Marlins back in 2012.
Since making his Major League debut in 2014 with the Marlins, DeSclafani has posted a 4.06 ERA through 156 appearances with 734 strikeouts, 227 walks, and a 1.252 WHIP through 824.0 innings pitched.
This past season, the New Jersey product posted his best numbers as a member of the Giants, starting 31 games and finishing with a 3.17 ERA through 167.2 innings while racking up 152 strikeouts with just 42 walks.
The Blue Jays have a few players heading to free agency and may not return but could look to free agents not tied to a qualifying offer to improve the roster.
Signing DeSclafani would come with some risk considering he does have a bit of an injury past but if the club is looking for a way to replace Steven Matz at a potentially better value, DeSclafani might be the answer. Spotrac currently has him sitting at a $10.1 million dollar market evaluation and considering the Giants did not present him with a qualifying offer, there should be some interest from teams across the league for the University of Florida alum.