Thursday, April 4, 2013
Jays' relief search urgent?
By Jason A. Churchill
The Toronto Blue Jays are still looking to add a relief pitcher and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman tweeted earlier this winter that the club wants a setup man capable of closing. Such an arm shouldn't be too difficult to find, but the free agent market has thinned of such veteran relievers with ninth-inning experience.
Brian Wilson, and Jose Valverde remain on the market and could be intriguing options for Toronto.
Wilson, though, is only about 80-85 percent healthy and plans to sign only when he's ready to pitch in games, reported CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler. It's been two months since then, but nothing new has been reported as of yet.
The Jays already have Casey Janssen and Sergio Santos capable of handling the final six or more outs but may want more security in case Santos' health becomes an issue again -- he missed nearly all of 2012 with a shoulder injury after making just six appearances in April.
The free agent market still does boast the likes of Francisco Rodriguez Francisco Cordero and Juan Carlos Oviedo.
The Jays could renew their search for help after the unit has struggled in each of the club's first two games.