The Toronto Blue Jays have been very quite so far in free agency, something that the fan base hasn’t been all that pleased with. There are needs the Blue Jays need to fill, and finding a solid starting rotation is among them, but the team may finally to be ready to spend on free agent starters still floating in the market.
Two of those pitchers very well could be Ubaldo Jimenez and/or Ervin Santana. The Blue Jays haven’t yet made formal offers or inquiries about either of the pitchers, but there are many that believe one of the two could end up on the Jays roster before the winter starts to thaw.
If the Jays are interested in bringing one of the starters aboard though, Ben Nicholson-Smith from SportsNet says they’re in no rush to do so.
With Tanaka and Garza off of the market, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez are the top available starters. While both Santana and Jimenez are attached to draft pick compensation after declining qualifying offers, there’s reason to believe they’ll both draw plenty of interest. Though many expect the free agents to sign soon, Anthopoulos isn’t counting on quick resolution.
This means that the Blue Jays may end up waiting too long and missing out on both. The pitching dominos will begin to fall with Tanaka and Garza off the market, and that might put pressure on Toronto to make a decision rather than dragging their feet.