Jordan Hicks was the Blue Jays big trade deadline acquisition this season and, thus far, has been excellent with the ballclub. Should the Blue Jays attempt to re-sign him this offseason?
In years prior, the Blue Jays bullpen has been a weak spot of the team, but that certainly isn't the case this year. With the likes of Hicks, Romano, Swanson, Mayza, Green, and García in the pen, John Schneider is likely very confident calling upon any one of those names in any given situation.
With nine games to go and the team currently occupying the second Wild Card spot in the American League, the bullpen has been a major factor for their success. This is completely flipped from years prior where the bullpen was the cause of the team losing games. 2021, for example, when the team missed the playoffs by one singular game and had blown save after blown save down the stretch.
Hicks was the most coveted relief arm available on the trade market this year, and the Blue Jays had to give up two pitching prospects to acquire him. Sent St. Louis' way was right-handers Sem Robberse and Adam Kloffenstein. Robberse was the Blue Jays No. 7 ranked prospect at the time.
Take one look at Hicks' stuff and you'll quickly see why he was so sought after at the deadline. His four seam fastball has averaged 100.4 MPH this year, with his sinker not far behind at an average of 100 MPH.
Hicks has been good in his limited time with the Blue Jays so far, appearing in 21 games for the team and posting a 2.37 ERA and a 0.947 WHIP. His control has been much better since joining Toronto as well, having walked only five batters with the team up until this point.
Hicks will be only 27-years-old on Opening Day of next year. If a team has the opportunity to lock up a flamethrower who does a solid job of controlling his fastball, they need to jump all over it.