Toronto Blue Jays 2023 Depth Chart: Bullpen
By Eric Treuden
One of the largest areas of need for the 2023 Toronto Blue Jays still appears to be the bullpen. Ross Atkins and Co. went out and landed Erik Swanson from the Seattle Mariners for Teoscar Hernández, but there still seems to be another spot up for grabs in the 'pen.
On offense, the Jays are stacked. Starting rotation? Stacked. Bullpen? May need some help.
Let's take a look at the organizational depth chart for bullpen arms heading into the season.
To the surprise of nobody, Jordan Romano will once again be the Blue Jays' closer in 2023. The Canadian hurler looked very impressive last season, notching 36 saves in 63 appearances, posting a 2.11 ERA and 185 ERA+ in 64 innings.
Erik Swanson will be on hand as the team's "backup closer", if you will. He will be the primary setup man and will likely earn a handful of saves as well as the season marches on. He had a 1.68 ERA and 1.84 FIP last year for the Mariners, and if he's able to replicate that success for the Blue Jays, he will give the club a true one-two punch in the backend of the bullpen.