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The Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays were a bit of a surprise last year as they made the playoffs as a Wild Card team but with all of their young offensive talent that all seem to have siblings or father’s that played in the majors (Biggio, Guerrero, Gurriel, Bichette, Roger Clemens’ kid is in the minors), they showed that they were a bit lacking the pitching department.
Their bullpen needs addressing more than their starting pitching, as their starter’s ERA was 17th in the majors at 4.55 and their bullpen ERA was 4.71 and 24th in the majors, but one of those starters could easily move to the bullpen.
- Hyun-jin Ryu, LHP
- Robbie Ray, LHP
- Nate Pearson, RHP (their top prospect and MLB.com’s #6 prospect)
- Tanner Roark, SP
- Ross Stripling, SP
As you may remember in his time with the Dodgers, Stripling has spent plenty of time in the bullpen. In fact, more than half of his MLB appearance are from out of the bullpen so if the Blue Jays were to acquire Gray, Stripling could help out their bullpen.
And who knows? If the Rockies trade Trevor Story too, Gray might be packaged with him and they could send both to Toronto, like the Indians did when they traded Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the Mets.
Rockies fans probably wouldn’t like that both of them would be traded but if the Rockies don’t believe that they will be able to extend either player, it could be an option for the Rockies so they at least get something to replenish their major league and/or minor league teams.