It's time for a Blue Jays update on the SB Nation offseason simulation. If you missed the last update, new additions include Francisco Liriano, Evan Scribner, Ke'Bryan Hayes, and Stephen Tarpley. Aaron Sanchez, Steve Delabar, Justin Smoak, D.J. Davis, Matt Smoral, and Shane Dawson were moved out of town.
Blue Jays Sign Mat Latos To a 2 Year, $20 Million Deal. Includes a 10M club option with a 2M buyout.
Big free agent arms such as David Price and Jordan Zimmermann were going for a fortune, so I decided to pursue the second tier of available arms. Latos' reputation in the clubhouse seemed to reduce interest in him, and I took this as an opportunity to sign him for a discount. I showed interest in pitchers such as Hisashi Iwakuma and Jeff Samardzija, but they were set on going to a city they have played in before.
Latos is just 27, and has kept his ERA under 3.5 in five of the last six seasons. He struggled to prevent runs in 2015, but statistics such as FIP and xFIP believe he deserved much better. I expect Latos to be a solid middle of the rotation starter, with the potential for more. If he can bounce back, the $10M club option could turn into a steal.
Blue Jays Sign Geovany Soto To a 2 Year, $6 Million Deal:
I was in need of a backup catcher, and was searching for an above average pitch framer that could hold his own at the plate. For his career, Soto's production has been around league average offensively, which is pretty intriguing for a backup catcher. He draws plenty of walks, and offers a bit of pop.
Blue Jays Trade Stephen Tarpley to the Washington Nationals In Exchange For Tanner Roark
Tarpley was acquired in the Francisco Liriano deal, but was quickly moved out for a cheap and controllable major league player. Roark boasted a 2.85 ERA in 2014, and could fill a role as a starting pitcher or swingman. He limits walks effectively, and generates plenty of ground balls.
Blue Jays Trade Conner Greene and Carl Wise to Miami In Exchange for Martin Prado and $10.5 Million.
I was looking to flip Prado to Cleveland, but the Indians suddenly found a way to acquire Todd Frazier shortly after. I took a bit of a risk here, but I figure Prado could help a team looking for help at second base, third base, or in the outfield. Now that the majority of his salary is paid off by Miami, he becomes intriguing trade bait.