Let’s talk about the non-Gerrit Cole free agent starters

I wrote a while back about how Gerrit Cole would be a perfect fit on the Blue Jays, but, for a variety of different reasons, that it wouldn’t happen. It’s a shame we can’t even bother getting our hopes up about adding this insanely-good ace, but that’s life. Let’s talk about some other non-Cole starters who could/should be on Toronto’s radar.

As of right now, the Jays are rolling into 2020 with a complete ¯_(ツ)_/¯ as their starting rotation. I figure that we’ll see two spots reserved for young starters and three for veterans. Matt Shoemaker could very likely come back and fill one of those roles while another middle-of-the-pack arm and possibly a buy-low option is added in free agency.
Much like the 2019 season, the Jays need to give opportunities to their young arms to show what they have. Still, there also needs to be a veteran presence in the rotation so that we don’t end up forcing rookies to sink or swim in the deep end. My very early guess is that we see Ryan Borucki and Trent Thornton in the rotation along with Shoemaker, and a couple of off-season additions. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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