The Toronto Blue Jays enter the 2023 season with most of their bullpen returning to the roster, with right-hander David Phelps being the only real subtraction from the squad. The Jays then improved the relief corps earlier this offseason by trading Teoscar Hernández to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for reliever Erik Swanson and prospect Adam Macko.
If the season was to start today, the bullpen would likely feature the following players (assuming eight pitchers):
- Adam Cimber
- Trevor Richards
- Eric Swanson
- Yimi Garcia
- Anthony Bass
- Tim Mayza
- Mitch White/Yusei Kikuchi
- Jordan Romano
#BlueJays have shown interest in Alex Reyes, a 2021 all-star who missed ’22 due to injury
Usual caveats: Jays check on many players. Many teams on Reyes. Interest is just step one. https://t.co/gRZzOysfeF
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) December 6, 2022
Even with such a dense relief corps, there are still a few names on the free agent market who could provide additional insurance in the Blue Jays bullpen, with the likes of Andrew Chafin, Michael Fulmer, Chad Green, and Matt Moore still available. With all this in mind, one player that could be of interest to the front office if the price is right is former Cardinals reliever/closer Alex Reyes, who was non-tendered by St. Louis earlier this offseason.
Blue Jays should take a flyer on reliever Alex Reyes
Reyes missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery and the Cardinals non-tendered him, with the club unwilling to go to arbitration with their former top prospect. While the news on Reyes has been limited this offseason, any team willing to take a flyer on the Dominican product could find a diamond in the rough if he can stay healthy.
While the command was an issue in 2021, Reyes possesses a wicked fastball, which sits in the upper 90s. To compliment his fastball, Reyes also mixes in a slider and a sinker, with his slider holding opponents to a .089 average and featuring 8.3 inches of horizontal movement while the sinker provides another angle to combat the fastball. With his arsenal, he was able to generate soft contact from opposing batters, sitting in the 91st percentile in barrel% and the 81st percentile in hard-hit percentage.
Alex Reyes didn’t pitch in 2022, he had shoulder surgery back in March. His young career has been mired with injuries. Still, he’s a former top prospect, only 28 and possesses some of the nastiest swing&miss stuff in the game.
He’ll come cheap on a 1 yr deal. GET HIM. pic.twitter.com/suRrOx5Cja
— Damon (@Varsh0_) December 24, 2022