Three free agent relievers the Blue Jays should consider signing
The Toronto Blue Jays have the formula to be among the best teams in baseball. They have a loaded lineup with stars like Bo Bichette, George Springer, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to name a few. They have some really solid arms like Jose Berrios and Kevin Gausman. The big weakness for this team in my opinion is the bullpen.
The Jays bullpen has some really nice pieces. Jordan Romano is their best reliever in my opinion and will likely serve as the closer if they don’t add more arms to the ‘pen. That wouldn’t be a bad thing, but he doesn’t have the experience to make me fully sold on that idea right now.
The rest of the bullpen has arms that have fared pretty well in the past, but I wouldn’t call them high leverage arms.
Guys like Julian Merryweather and Nate Pearson (assuming he’s in the bullpen) have loads of potential but have barely pitched at the big league level.
Guys like Yimi Garcia, Adam Cimber, Trevor Richards, and David Phelps have pitched well in the past but I personally wouldn’t consider any of them late-inning arms. They’re guys who can get outs in the middle innings.
Tim Mayza had a nice year in 2021 but are we ready to say he should be the best lefty in the ‘pen in a division with guys like Rafael Devers, Brandon Lowe, and Cedric Mullins in it?
The bottom line is I think the bullpen has some nice pieces but can really use an upgrade. Here are three players I believe can help in a big way.