Acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the 2020 campaign, right-hander Chase Anderson spent one season in Toronto, pitching to a 7.22 ERA through 10 appearances (seven starts) while missing time on the IL with an oblique injury during the shortened season.
A free agent last offseason, Anderson signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on a one-year deal but would be released in late August, earning a 6.75 ERA while appearing in just 14 games split between the rotation and bullpen while also missing time on the IL. He finished the season in the Texas Rangers organization.
Born in Simcoe, Ontario, right-hander John Axford made 45 appearances for the Blue Jays back in 2018, posting a 4.41 ERA with 50 strikeouts before being traded at the deadline to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Axford rejoined the Jays for the 2019 campaign but spent all year in the minor leagues.
After a brief hiatus, Axford pitched with Team Canada last year in an effort to make the Olympics and signed with the Jays following a strong showing in the tournament (as Canada fell short of an Olympic berth). He would be traded to the Brewers at the deadline for cash considerations and would be removed due to injury in his first appearance with the Brew Crew. He would miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.
Right-hander Jesse Chavez spent two seasons with the Blue Jays through two different stints, most recently back in 2016. As a member of the Jays, he appeared in 48 games while allowing 41 earned runs in 62.2 innings of work mostly out of the bullpen.
With the rebuild and veteran players now in the rearview mirror, quite a few former Blue Jays currently find themselves as free agents this offseason.
Chavez rejoined the Atlanta Braves last season and became a prominent member of their bullpen, earning a 2.14 ERA through 30 appearances. He also failed to give up an earned run through 6.1 innings of work with the Braves on their quest to win the World Series.
Joining the club for one season back in 2018, Clippard was one of the most relied upon relievers for the Jays during a year that saw a lot of veterans leave the organization and the club knees deep in a rebuild. He made 73 appearances and threw 68.2 innings, finishing the year with a 1.165 WHIP and a 3.67 ERA.
Clippard has bounced around since leaving the Jays and most recently spent last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, limited to just 26 outings after starting the season on the 60-day IL. He would finish with a 3.20 ERA and six saves.