Blue Jays: 3 relief pitchers the Jays should be looking at in free agency

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While this offseason has not been a failure for the Blue Jays by any stretch of the imagination, there is still work to be done by Ross Atkins and Co.

After adding Kevin Kiermaier and Chris Bassitt in free agency and then swinging a jaw-dropping trade that sent two popular Jays to the desert in exchange for Daulton Varsho, one major area that needs improvement is the big league bullpen.

Above all else, the club needs to bring at least one more left-handed pitcher into the mix. As of right now, Tim Mayza is the only lefty projected to start the year in the bullpen with Yusei Kikuchi teetering back and forth between No. 5 starter and long-relief option.

Jordan Romano and Erik Swanson figure to be oft-used, late-inning options with Anthony Bass and Adam Cimber continuing to be reliable middle relief/setup men. Yimi García is also on hand after appearing in 61 games last season for the club, posting an ERA+ of 126.

When taking a look at the remaining free agent relievers on the market, there are actually quite a few names that could be of interest.

Let's get to it and look at three relievers the Jays could target to fill out the bullpen.

LHP Zack Britton

While we haven't seen much of Britton over the past few years thanks to injuries and haven't seen an above-average version of him in even longer, he is one I believe the Jays should be targeting.

Britton, 35 a few days ago, has been exceptional over the course of his big leaugue career that's already up to 12-years long. The crafty southpaw has a ton of late-inning experience as well as plenty of closing experience.

Not one to shy away from throwing strikes, Britton possesses a lethal sinker that he uses as his main pitch. He pairs the heavy sinkerball with a sweeping curveball, showing all the makings of a groundball pitcher.

Over the course of his career, Britton has posted an ERA under 2.00 five times, which is insane. His career ERA+ is 135 and he is also the proud owner of one of the best relief pitching seasons of this generation back in 2016 when he posted an ERA of 0.54 in 69 games for the Orioles.

What will make someone like Britton especially of interest to the Blue Jays is the fact that he is likely to come cheap. Since he hasn't been able to pitch regularly in a few years now, his value is at an all-time low but there's reason to believe he still has something left in the tank.