Toronto Blue Jays 2023 Depth Chart: Bullpen
By Eric Treuden
Middle relief options:
The vast majority of the middle relief core from last season will be returning once again, which will certainly be a good thing, as nearly all of them performed well last season.
Yimi García is on hand to serve as something of a hybrid reliever. He can close in a pinch, he can serve as a setup man, he can pitch two innings at a time and can go multiple days in a row if needed. One of the more underrated arms in the pen, he had the best season of his career last year, making 61 appearances and posting a 126 ERA+.
Anthony Bass and Adam Cimber will also be returning. Bass, an 11-year veteran, had a combined 1.54 ERA in 73 games last year split between the Marlins and Blue Jays. Cimber, 32, uses his funky sidearm delivery to his advantage and remains one of the most durable relievers in the league.
Tim Mayza is the only other middle relief option who is guaranteed a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, as he is also the only left-hander available. He has topped 60 appearances three times in five years for the club and will once again be an oft-used option in a variety of different relief roles.
Long relief options:
As of right now, Mitch White is the lone long relief option guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster. Acquired at last year's trade deadline, White struggled with the Jays in his first go-round, but may be better served as a sixth starter/long reliever hybrid role until he can find more sustained success at the game's highest level.