If we had to describe the Toronto Blue Jays as buyers or sellers, the choice is easy. Be vendors, ready to exchange some 2019 displays for long-term success.
More realistically, though, that the decision & # 39; purchase or sale is not binary. Contenders like Cleveland can sell pieces, and just as easily the Blue Jays can buy.
Of course, there are certain types players prefer to add the Blue Jays this winter. They are relatively deep in position players with & # 39; more on the road, so there is less urgency on that front. When it comes to pitching, though, the Blue Jays have a clear need.
F & # 39; these circumstances, it is worth asking how the Blue Jays will seek the weapon. Earlier in the month I did look at some starting pitching options that can & # 39; follow, but now bored to the relief market.
Dozens of & # 39; set students are available in & # 39; agency b & # 39; nothing, and expect the Blue Jays to go back into the market before signing the help of the bullpen in the New Year, as made in last winter. Meanwhile, the trade market is more interesting because it offers to players who have yet to establish themselves – potentially at cheap prices.
Here's where the challenge begins. The riot roles are replaced & # 39; a rapid rate, then x & # 39; they are exactly the characteristics of & # 39; coveted big league reliever in 2018? With assistance from a small number of & # 39; & # 39 people; school and & # 39; & # 39 executives; the office & # 39; before, here I & # 39;
• Ball breaking the swing-and-miss
• Tarmatur hard
• Experience in leveraging
Those characteristics correspond closely with & # 39; those Eno Sarris ipprijoritizzaw when he tried to find istilatur the perfect MLB f & # 39; The Athletic few weeks ago, so this search for those killers will reflect -tfittxija of & # 39; Eno for starters f & # 39; those ways.
Of course, the results up to a certain extent but teams will not pay record alone, nor be impressed by pitchers failed to lower ERAs. The stuff is there.
So if the Blue Jays are looking to trade for pitchers b & # 39; potential & # 39; elite relaxation, where to begin their search?
Find Out Pitch
M & # 39; there is no better place to start than with breaking balls. Some observers point to the playoffs & # 39; 2018 as evidence that the greatest moments of the game require things to swing and miss. At least that was what managers suggested in & # 39; October when a clear call those flying with the elite. The best of the best a secondary pitch swing-and-miss, so the Blue Jays seek weapons of & # 39; that caliber.
To identify pitchers b & # 39; of & # 39; quality breaking bands, baseball savant sought to sliders, curves, splitters and changes generated whiffs in 2018. Initially kept wide search & # 39 ;, and & # 39 start with, every MLB pitcher generating swing and miss a ball & # 39; qbiżtx make sure that anyone who kept a few innings.
While the types & # 39; Max Scherzer generate attacks spread to & # 39; everything emit, the Blue Jays m & # 39; & # 39 should need; analyzers b & # 39; four & # 39; stadiums. To zero in on the pitchers to exploit more than one pitch & # 39; away from speed, reduced search, created a list of 100 pitches generating swings and misses most often (eg. Slider of Atari 39; Edwin Diaz).
Relievers made the most of the list from that point, along with & # 39; some heavy heavy starters like Patrick Corbin. Since the goal here is to find analyzers under the radar, remove all the starters, the bullpen arms down and the current Blue Jays, and bring the list to 65.
Mix hard Needed
On average, the major league fastballs traveled 92.8 m.p.h. in 2018. Went flying fastballs than 93.4 m.p.h. And fastballs from elite reviewers went faster.
By eliminating all the pitchers that range & # 39; their speeds less than 93.4 m.p.h., the list reduced to 28.
Questions & # 39; Control
Then, we look at two types of & # 39; control: the year & # 39; control team and control of the strike zone. Ideally, the Blue Jays acquire someone who can & # 39; stick a little time, so the veterans Neil Ramirez and Bruce Rondon are off the list.
There is a cost to look & # 39; forward to these established players, because teams are sometimes reluctant to give up both in & # 39; businesses to players b & # 39; limited records. As one executive put it, "pop-up guys are scary." Moreover, unless a pitcher able to fulfill leverage & # 39; big league, pretensuri potential will not be fully sure is ready for that mental challenge. Still, the Blue Jays have time on their side here, so they can afford to build in new acquisitions by reducing leverage.
Then there is the question & # 39; throwing strikes. While the types & # 39; Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman hitters walk out and leave it, they truly remarkable stuff to create a wider margin & # 39; for error. Considering that the flow rate was reliever MLB & # 39; 9.3 per cent in 2018, we will eliminate anyone who runs more than 10 percent of the hitters. Does & # 39; so, the list reduced to 13 player.
Durability & # 39; Priority
The ability to remain & # 39; on the field is a & # 39; importance for the teams, and shall take into account the increased forecasts & # 39; future injuries & # 39; is pitching injuries in the past.
Of course, every pitcher jitweġġa & # 39 ;, so we are talking about health in & # 39; relative terms here, but those stories & # 39; scarce harm to go. F & # 39; in this case, the injuries in the past or present to remove the so-called Edgar Santana and Luiz Gohara from the list despite otherwise attractive profiles. Now only seven remain & # 39; names.
Because the Phillies interest in improving their bullpen and running in 2019, it is difficult to see them negotiate Seranthony Dominguez, most of the rest of the producer group.
This leaves six pitchers: Yency Almonte of the Rockies, the Marlins Adam Conley, Amir Garrett of reds, Jose Castillo of the Padres, Austen Williams Nations and Caleb Frare White SOx.
None of these pitchers is not big names, but that was the whole point – to identify pitchers b & # 39; potential & # 39; breakout. Their experience in leverage is mild, so the Blue Jays is hoped that those skills are easier to teach than strength or speed.
The sixth of these pitchers to pitch to generate swings and misses, and they all excel over most of & # 39; those flying. They are all controllable by 2022 or beyond and, relatively at least at least, are b & # 39; health. As a bonus for a team that can & # 39; use flexibility, everyone except Conley has options & # 39; Minor remaining. Without knowing their character or story detailed damage, they appear as ideal candidates for a bullpen & # 39; Toronto. The Blue Jays have to ask them all.
Granted, the very skills that make them attractive to business candidates can make their current teams hesitate to talk about trade. great pleasure & # 39; & # 39 Castillo fortune; away from the Padres, for example. At the same time, the White SOx acquired a Frare for money & # 39; slots & # 39; earlier international bonus year – potentially encouraging comparable to the Blue Jays.
If you identify the right arm, the Blue Jays bullpen can help the next team to their next. Eventually they will need those elite bullpen pieces.
In addition, the damping impact equipment is the most kind & # 39; player all that is most consistent every summer. A few months ago, the Padres converted Brad Hand and senior fellow at Adam Cimber & # 39; Mejia Panel, prospect & # 39; the top 20 in baseball. F & # 39; these lines, the Yankees have accelerated their shift by negotiating both Chapman and Andrew Miller in the summer of 2016.
The point is not whether the Blue Jays eventually not shake analyzers or prevent them, is to add pitchers hard-Throwing, swing-and-miss offering control and durability. Each team like that combination, and if the Blue Jays have it, they have the flexibility to buy, sell or maintain choose.
It seems like a good place to be, to offer much motivation to begin the search for these weapons now.