Another former Blue Jay draft pick, right-hander Kendall Graveman fully switched to a relief pitcher role this season and produced one of the best seasons of his career.
Traded to the Athletics in exchange for Josh Donaldson back in the 2014/2015 offseason, Graveman made five appearances for the Jays before being traded. He was a starter for most of his minor league career and continued to start until last season when the Seattle Mariners started to use him in the bullpen during the 2020 campaign.
He fully moved to the pen this past year and was outstanding, pitching to a 1.77 ERA with 61 strikeouts through 56.0 innings split between the Mariners and Astros, racking up 10 saves in the process with a 0.982 WHIP. He also pitched well during the playoffs with the Astros, appearing in nine games and crafting a 1.64 ERA with 11 strikeouts before losing to the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.
With Graveman being traded midway through the campaign he is ineligible to receive a QO and should be a big target this offseason because of that. It would be great to bring him back to the Blue Jays bullpen alongside Trevor Richards, Adam Cimber, Tim Mayza, and Jordan Romano to form a solid shutdown crew late in the game.
He should see a considerable upgrade from the $1.25 million he earned this past season and at the right price, having Graveman in the Blue Jays bullpen could be a difference-maker next year that will make fans feel confident that the relief corps can finish a game without any late drama.