The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly continue to seeking to add pitching and it could be possibly a starter or a reliever according to General Manager Ross Atkins.
Ross Atkins fulfilled with the media yesterday in Dunedin and indicated he is operating each day on adding an additional arm. As it stands presently, the Blue Jays opening day rotation provided Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Matt Shoemaker, Clayton Richard, and sophomore Ryan Borucki.
If Atkins feels so inclined, there are a plethora of beginning pitchers continue to obtainable on the absolutely free agent current market. The likes of Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson, James Shields, Clay Buchholz, Bartolo Colon, and Yovani Gallardo all continue to stay unsigned.
Keuchel is naturally the product of the remaining crop, nonetheless, Gonzalez is an exciting identify who could certainly solidify the rotation and bump Richard into a very long reliever purpose in the bullpen. Richard had a not so flattering 5.33 earned operate typical in 27 commences final year with the Padres.
The Jays also have Sam Gaviglio, Thomas Pannone, Julian Merryweather, and Trent Thornton filling out the six by way of nine rotation depth places. All 4 could conceivably start off the year in Buffalo to stay stretched out in the function of an harm to the beginning five.
The bullpen picture is not as crystal clear as a number of relievers are in camp vying for positions. Ken Giles is a lock for the closer purpose with Ryan Tepera, David Phelps, Joe Biagini, and Tim Mayza seeking like locks.
Craig Kimbrel is the most established absolutely free agent reliever continue to remaining, nonetheless, there are some other serviceable arms continue to kicking close to this sort of as Matt Bush, Ryan Madson, Bud Norris, AJ Ramos, Tony Sipp, and Adam Warren.
The current market is difficult to predict with Ervin Santana just inking a minor league pact with the White Sox earlier now. The Jays may well be in a position to capitalize on the evaporating current market and signal one particular of these hurlers to a incredibly crew pleasant, incentive laden deal.