The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with Kirby Yates. At this time the details of the deal are not yet known, but this signing is a significant one for the Blue Jays as it addresses one of their bigger weaknesses, the back end of the bullpen.
The Blue Jays under Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins have done well at cobbling together an effective bullpen year after year. Players like Joe Smith, Seung-hwan Oh, Tyler Clippard, Daniel Hudson, David Phelps, A.J. Cole, and Anthony Bass were brought in on the cheap and pitched very well for the team. With the volatility of relievers’ year over year, this is a real strength of the front office.
It’s a luxury to go after these types of bullpen arms knowing you have already have an elite closer as the Blue Jays once had in Ken Giles. It takes a lot of pressure off the entire bullpen knowing you have a stud like Giles down there to close games out. It eases expectations on the other pitchers and gives them a better chance to succeed.
With Giles a free agent (and out for the season with Tommy John) the Blue Jays …
Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation