The Toronto Blue Jays are in on one of this generation’s best pitching talents.
According reports, Justin Verlander is not only garnering interest from the Blue Jays, but he's seriously considering signing with Toronto.
“Justin Verlander ...from what I heard yesterday, has a preference for a team that trains in the state of Florida,” MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal said. “We’ve heard the Yankees are in, the Blue Jays are certainly in, I believe the Red Sox might be in. ...My understanding is that those are the three main teams.”
Toronto is certainly in a dangerous position competing with the likes of Boston and New York as a destination for one of MLB's top free agents, but considering they are a team on their way up, it might be an attractive enough destination for the likes of Verlander and his 2017 World Series ring.
Verlander missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, so it does put a damper on his potential to contribute in a rotation. But with a 2.56 ERA, 0.849 WHIP, and 14.4 wins above replacement in 443 innings pitched, according to Baseball Reference, since 2018, he’s still a very desirable talent.
The Blue Jays have already spent big on pitching this offseason, keeping mid-season trade acquisition José Berríos with a seven-year, $131-million contract extension announced on Tuesday.
With this potential new-look rotation and their current rising stars, Toronto hopes to contend in 2022 after missing the AL Wild Card Game by just a single win last season.
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