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As Blue Jays’ free-agent options decrease, trade market an important alternative – Sportsnet.ca

TORONTO – An increasingly bought up upper-middle tier of free-agent starters is shifting the pitching market for the Toronto Blue Jays, who also must sort through a potential complication from the Jan.

While the Blue Jays determine if that needs to be factored into potential 2022 acquisitions, Steven Matz’s pending $44-million, four-year agreement with the St.

Leading up to Matz’s decision, the Blue Jays were described by one industry source as being strong in the mix.

Apart from needing to replace the production of Matz, Ray and fellow free agent Marcus Semien, the Blue Jays also need to recapture some of the lost financial efficiency having the trio at $31.5 million last year provided.

There’s a cost in prospects or even big-league assets to that, of course, but financial efficiency is part of what is acquired, along with the talent.

Based on their actions so far, they’d like a starter in the $8-12 million range and are seeking an elite add as a compliment.

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