Three Relief Pitchers the Toronto Blue Jays Should Trade For

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May 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler (29) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

May 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler (29) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Before last night’s terrific three inning performance by Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Aaron Sanchez and closer Casey Janssen, the questions surrounding the Blue Jays’ bullpen were relentless.

While the performances were great, they do not embody the bullpen’s recent performances. When you look at the current status of the Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen, it does not exactly spark confidence.

Former all-star Steve Delabar is in Buffalo. Brett Cecil is coming off an injury and has been inconsistent. Dustin McGowan has improved recently, but as always, his long-term health remains a wild card. Aaron Loup has been plagued by walks and high pitch counts in innings. Sergio Santos was released yesterday. And oh ya, Casey Janssen is trying to put weight back on after falling victim to a stomach virus during the all-star break.

Sounds like a sturdy bullpen right?

Jul 23, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) pitches against Boston Red Sox in the 6th inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

While the promotion of Aaron Sanchez should help bolster the back-end of the bullpen, depending on a rookie pitcher who was questionably accelerated through AAA to carry your bullpen the rest of the way is a risky proposition. Especially since Toronto Blue Jays’ catcher Dioner Navarro struggles defensively behind the plate, and Sanchez is not an easy pitcher to catch. Regardless of their defensive issues behind the plate, the Blue Jays still need another arm or two, to really allow them to shorten games.

As we mentioned a few days ago, the Blue Jays sent scouts to Philadelphia to scout Phillies relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo.

The Blue Jays are not the only team interested in Bastardo though, as he has drawn interest from many teams around the league according to multiple sources. While Bastardo remains a hot commodity around the MLB trade rumor mill – especially after the Texas Rangers traded closer Joakim Soria – here are three other relief pitchers that could help the Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen immediately.

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