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Blue Jays Rumors: Lefty Relievers

Jays ‘showing interest’ in Blevins, Wood and Logan.

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It’s been so long since we’ve had anything close to a Blue Jays rumor, not that this is a terribly exciting rumor.

Jon Morosi tells us that the Jays are showing interest in lefty relievers Travis Wood, Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, which makes sense, since we are down a Brett Cecil.

Logan 32. He’s played with the Rockies the last 3 seasons, which doesn’t help a guy’s ERA. Last year he had a 3.69 ERA in 66 games this year. In 46.1 innings he allowed 27 hits, 20 walks with 57 strikeouts. Lefties hit .142/.222/.255 off him (right-handers .211/.338/.421).

Wood turns 30 in February. He’s been a Cub for the past 5 seasons. 2016 was his first season as a fulltime reliever. He had a 2.95 ERA in 77 games. In 61 innings he allowed 45 hits, 24 walks with 47 strikeouts. Lefties hit .128/.208/.239 against him (right-handers .265/.344/.521).

Blevins is 33. He pitched in 73 games for the Mets this year. In 42 innings, he allowed 36 hits, 15 walks with 52 strikeouts. Lefties hit .255/.313/.324 against him (right-handers .182/266/.345).

I’ve always kind of liked Boone Logan.

I hate the idea over spending for a guy who is likely to pitch about 40 innings at most, but we could use someone with a track record. Right now we’d be looking at some combination of Aaron Loup, Chad Girodo, Jean Beliveau, Matt Dermody and T.J. House to fill the lefty roles in the pen.