The Blue Jays should try to trade for Kansas City Royals closer Scott Barlow if he’s available

If closer Scott Barlow becomes available, the Blue Jays should be all over that.

As you may know, the Royals signed left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman around a week ago. That could mean that their closer, Barlow, could become available. Furthermore, USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale noted that more moves could be coming.

The Kansas City #Royals have been busy on the trade market, and still have a couple of more deals they are lining up now. Stay tuned.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 24, 2023

That begs the question, why should the Jays be all over Barlow?
Scott Barlow could be that high-leverage reliever the Jays need:
In 2022, Barlow posted a career-best 2.18 ERA and a 3.62 FIP in 74.1 innings pitched. He also had a 26.6 K% and a 7.6 BB%. That may not seem remarkable, but with closers, there’s one more important statistic. This past season, Barlow had 28 save opportunities, and converted 24 of them, which is an 85.7% mark. The 30-year-old right-handed pitcher also had six holds.
The closer role is Jordan Romano’s, it will always be Jordan Romano’s until he falters… if he does. However, Barlow is an elite medium-leverage reliever, as he allowed just two earned runs in 24.1 innings pitched for a 0.74 ERA (also a 2.74 FIP) per Fangraphs.
Furthermore, if the Jays need him in high leverage, he posted a solid 3.20 ERA and a 3.84 FIP in 25.1 innings pitched of high leverage. For comparison, Romano had a 3.31 ERA and 2.90 FIP in 32.2 innings of high-leverage pitching.
Scott Barlow pitches well against left-handed batters:
There’s been a lot of conversation about the Jays adding a second left-handed reliever for the bullpen, as Cam Lewis’ latest article details. However, Barlow fits t …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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