While the chances of a reunion with the Toronto Blue Jays were quite slim, the door has now been officially closed for reliever Casey Janssen after the pitcher signed a one-year, $5 million deal with a mutual option to throw for the Washington Nationals in 2015.
Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano and Casey Janssen are the three remaining free agent closers who recorded at least 20 saves last season, and their market is becoming a bit more clear.
The Toronto Blue Jays finished over .500 this season for the first time since 2010, so there's reason for optimism as the team starts its planning for 2015.
Over the past three seasons, Casey Janssen has recorded 77 saves for the Toronto Blue Jays. However, it's beginning to look like that total won't get too much higher, as the writing is clearly on the wall that the free-agent-to-be will be wearing another uniform come 2015.
When Aaron Sanchez recorded a six-out save for Toronto on Saturday, it raised questions about whether Casey Janssen is still the Blue Jays closer. Who will take the ball in the ninth for the Jays over the final month of the regular season?
All major league teams lose games from time to time, but it's the rare loss that leaves a manager in a state of utter disbelief. That's what happened to John Gibbons and his Toronto Blue Jays in what Scott MacArthur of TSN Radio is calling an "historic collapse.
Pitcher J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays is just about ready to return to the major leagues after making two minor-league rehab starts following a stint on the disabled list due to a lower back problem.
Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen landed on the disabled list Sunday with a left abdominal and lower back strain, opening up some potential save opportunities for Sergio Santos.
Not only did the Atlanta Braves avoid arbitration with closer Craig Kimbrel by agreeing to terms on a new contract on Sunday, but they put an end to trade rumors for quite some time as the four-year deal could keep the pitcher under team control through 2018.
Don’t blame Casey Janssen for what was a lost season for the Toronto Blue Jays. The 32-year-old closer was successful on 34 of 36 save chances, the best conversion rate in club history, and posted a 0.
It's natural, and sensible, for fans and media to suggest and discuss the idea that any pending free agent on a club that isn't contending could be traded by the July 31 trade deadline.
Another blown save for Andrew Bailey Thursday night has cost him his job as the Boston Red Sox's closer, tweets Evan Drellich, and skipper John Farrell's in-house options may be down to Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.
The Detroit Tigers are still looking for a closer, tweets CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler, but there aren't many available options at the moment.San Diego's Huston Street and Colorado's Rafael Betancourt are on the disabled list.
Last week we learned that the Detroit Tigers were hard at work looking for bullpen help. With the news that Joel Hanrahan is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery, the Boston Red Sox also may be in the market for relief assistance.
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.