TORONTO — The Blue Jays will land in San Diego for the MLB Winter Meetings next week with one item, written in bold, atop their to-do list: Starting pitching.
While the Blue Jays will continue to explore the trade market — where they can and should use their financial flexibility as a tool, like they did in acquiring right-hander
“It’s not good enough to have depth. We have to have guys who can contribute in significant ways,” said GM Ross Atkins earlier this offseason, stressing the importance of reliability and durability in discussions about rotation options.
Like any team, the Blue Jays have a type, and that type is always evolving. Last offseason saw the club make value plays on
Here are three groups of free-agent pitchers — and “types” — viewed through the Blue Jays’ lens:
NO TYPE REQUIRED
Near the top of the market, team trends and preferences might not hold as much weight. Simply put, a great pitcher is a great pitcher, and while the Blue Jays aren’t expected to swing big for
This is where the Blue Jays’ type becomes more specific. After using 21 starters in 2019, including a slew of openers, Toronto would be absolutely thrilled to get 180 innings from a mid-range starter at a 4.25 ERA.
In 2019, the Blue Jays had to bet on durability with pitchers coming off injuries. This offseason, under a different financial reality, they can raise their own odds.
THE INTRIGUE PLAYS
This is where we look to some of the younger arms acquired by the Blue Jays to better clarify their type.
Former Cleveland starter