Room for Relievers?
As good as he was last season. Jordan Romano has turned it up a notch. He leads the league with 22 games finished and 16 saves and is regarded as one of the premier closers in baseball. Not bad for a guy the Blue Jays lost in the Rule 5 draft a few years ago, only to get him back from the Texas Rangers and see him drastically change his career path as a late-inning reliever.
Romano won reliever of the month for April and although his May wasn’t as good, he still recorded six saves. He is an intense, fiery athlete and a joy to watch. There are plenty of relievers in the American League who will merit consideration, but Romano should be right there with them.
The trade of Joe Panik and minor-league infielder Andrew McInvale to the Miami Marlins for Corey Dickerson and Adam Cimber has been a heist. Who knows, maybe McInvale becomes a player, but Dickerson played well down the stretch for the Jays last year and Cimber has been an integral piece to their relief corps.
He’s made a league-high 27 appearances and has been involved in a lot of decisions. He’s 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, and three saves. His unorthodox delivery often fools batters and Cimber offers a change of pace to the team’s other, hard-throwing relievers.
All these players won’t make the All-Star team, but they all at least deserve some contemplation. My guess is you’ll see six members of the Blue Jays recognized next month.