After losing Brett Cecil to the St.Louis Cardinals, the Blue Jays are interested in left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins reports Ben-Nicholson Smith of Sportsnet. Blevins, 33, is a 6'6 southpaw that relies on a fastball-curveball combination, while also mixing in the odd changeup.
Left-handed relief help is a clear need for the Blue Jays this offseason, so this interest should come as no surprise. Roberto Osuna, Joe Biagini, and Jason Grilli are all right-handed, and there appears to be a clear void following the departure of Cecil.
Blevins spent the 2016 season with the New York Mets, finishing with a 2.79 ERA across 42 innings. He's become a strikeout specialist over the last three seasons, and is primarily used to face tough left-handed hitters. Lefties have hit just .207 against him, so his role on the team would be extremely clear.
He is similar to Cecil in the sense that they both possess an outstanding curveball. He is not overpowering, as he averaged just 89 mph on his fastball last season, and is less reliable against right-handed hitters.
Let's wait and see if this rumour comes to fruition. The Jays will surely acquire a left-handed reliever this offseason, and it looks like Blevins is the most likely.