According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Casey Janssen will be back in a Toronto Blue Jays uniform in 2014. The team has decided to pick up the closer’s $4 million option, as he was able to put together another good season out of the Blue Jays bullpen.
Now that rumors of Janssen going elsewhere before the beginning of next season have been put to rest, it’s interesting to think about whether or not the Blue Jays will decide to include Sergio Santos in potential trade talks with teams around the MLB that are looking for some bullpen help. The Blue Jays’ front office was relatively happy with the way their bullpen performed last season, as it was definitely the most consistent part of their ball club overall.
Santos’ trade value is as high as it has ever been since he arrived in Toronto from the Chicago White Sox, as he was able to put together a strong second half of the season. Alex Anthopoulos could very well incorporate him into a package deal with the likes of one of their top pitching prospects, or perhaps even J.P. Arencibia or Ricky Romero. The Blue Jays are looking to improve their starting rotation and behind the plate as well, as both Romero and Arencibia failed to prove that they are worthy of starting roles.
Although the one-two punch of Santos and Janssen to help seal the deal on a victory late in the game sounds pretty good to the Blue Jays, so does the fact that they can potentially get someone of equal or better value in return for the hard throwing reliever. The time is now for the Blue Jays, and if they need to let go of an injury-prone Santos to bring someone new into their clubhouse, so be it.