Notable Additions: Drew Storen
The Blue Jays were able to acquire closer Drew Storen in the trade that sent Ben Revere to Washington. This move will have a good domino effect for Toronto as plugging in Storen as closer will allow for a few other pieces to fall in favorable places. The addition of Storen means that last year’s closer, 21-year-old Roberto Osuna, can be pushed back to the 8th inning and be a dominant setup man. There was nothing wrong with Osuna being closer, as he did a nice job and had 20 saves, but pushing Osuna to the 8th and continuing to let former All-Star Brett Cecil handle earlier relief duties allows Aaron Sanchez to be looked at as a starter for the back end of the rotation. Sanchez saw a little time as a starter last season, but the acquisition of Price and the struggles of the bullpen led to the 23-year-old being plugged into late relief duties. Now Toronto will be able to look at Sanchez again as a starter and he will be given every opportunity to win a rotation spot this spring.