The Blue Jays would like to avoid another Jaime Garcia experience where they sign a free agent starter only for that player to be a complete flop.
Much like relievers were last off-season, it appears that starting pitching is what’s in serious demand this winter. Not exactly the ideal situation for a team like the Blue Jays who are looking to fill two big spots in their depleted rotation.
The plan of action for Toronto is to do much like they did one year ago. Which is to wait-out teams that have a tendency to overspend, then try to land a bargain much like they did with Seunghwan Oh.
Quite a few decent free agent starters remain on the market. The big question for the Blue Jays is whether they’re willing to pony-up more money than they expected for new pitchers. Heading into the off-season, Ross Atkins probably never imagined that less than ideal pitching options such as Lance Lynn, Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Richards, or Matt Harvey would sign for the kind of money they did.
What the Blue Jays need more than anything when it comes to a starting pitcher is an innings eater who’s durable. With Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez‘ injury problems, Toronto needs to bring in someone with a strong track record of remaining healthy. In which case a pitcher like Mike Fiers, Gio Gonzalez, or even James Shields would be a solid fit.
On the other hand, if Toronto is willing to take a risk on a player with an injury riddled past. Then there are some very intriguing options available. Including the likes of Drew Pomeranz, Matt Shoemaker, Kendall Graveman, Clay Buchholz, and Shelby Miller.