One of the questions the Blue Jays had to ask themselves at the start of the off-season was what moves should be made to upgrade the bullpen. So far, the answer has been: Not much.
While general manager Ross Atkins made a pair of significant investments in his starting rotation by signing José Berríos and Kevin Gausman to long-term deals prior to the Dec. 2 lockout, the other part of the pitching staff has been left mostly untouched.
To date, the Jays have been resisting the urge to spend a lot of money on a veteran closer. They took a pass on Raisel Iglesias, who re-signed with the Angels for $58 million (U.S.). They watched Mark Melancon join Arizona and they still figure to be an unlikely landing spot for Kenley Jansen.
Through the first month of the off-season, their only move was signing Yimi Garcia to a two-year contract worth $11 million. Garcia has closing experience, including 15 saves last season with the Miami Marlins, but if things go well with the Jays he is expected to slot alongside Adam Cimber, Trevor Richards and Tim Mayza in a setup role as opposed to threatening Jordan Romano for ninth-inning duties.
Garcia’s signing in late November went largely unnoticed, with the Jays agreeing to terms with Gausman one day later, but he is the kind of addition that should have been expected. With bigger priorities elsewhere, the Jays seem content with…