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

 Eric Treuden
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LHP Matt Moore

In one of the best feel-good stories of the 2022 season, Matt Moore completely remade himself as a shutdown relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers.

Moore, 33, has made over 160 starts in his career, most of them coming as a member of the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays. After a slew of injuries began to pop up as he aged as well as overall poor performances, he fell out of grace in the baseball world and was not a lock to play anywhere in the majors last season.

63 games and a 1.95 ERA later, Moore is now one of the best relief pitchers available this offseason. To be honest, I'm shocked he's still unsigned.

Moore struck out 10.1 batters per nine innings last season, by far the best of his entire career. He also only allowed four home runs in 74 innings, good for an HR/9 of 0.4. His Baseball-Savant page is extremely impressive and it's not hard to see how he would be a good fit on this Blue Jays club.

Stat

Percentile

HardHit%

93rd

Barrel%

91st

Whiff%

85th

Chase Rate

73rd

Do I need to go on?

Moore has a strong three-pitch mix that he can regularly rely on including a pretty straightforward fourseam fastball that he throws roughly 45% of the time, a mid-80's curveball that he throws around 38% of the time and an occasional changeup here and there.

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