Wittenmyer: Blue Jays Pitchers Could Be Where the Cubs Turn Soon

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Wittenmyer: Blue Jays Pitchers Could Be Where the Cubs Turn Soon

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The Blue Jays are clearly selling off, and have already traded two relievers – Roberto Osuna to the Astros, Seung-hwan Oh to the Rockies – and there is at least one other one to whom the Cubs have been attached previously in Ryan Tepera. He might not be the only one:

Here’s what we said previously about Tepera:

Tepera, 30, has been a perfectly solid reliever for the Blue Jays for three and a half years now. He came up through the system in a traditional way, converted to the bullpen at AAA in 2014, and then became a solid big league reliever. Nothing really out of the ordinary in his story – just a good reliever who will hit arbitration next year for the first time, and the Blue Jays are considering extracting value from.

This year, Tepera has a 3.71 ERA, a 3.92 FIP (mostly because of his 1.24 HR/9), a 45.5% groundball rate, a 27.0% strikeout rate, a 7.9% BB rate, and an 18.6% IFFB rate. He’s been good. Just very solidly good.

There is also Tyler Clippard, John Axford, Aaron Loup, and others who will not knock your socks off, but, if/when we are required to dig in further, explanations for interest may become more clear.

The Cubs were also previously attached to Marcus Stroman, though I don’t think they are nearly as likely to add another starter as a reliever.

Three hours until the deadline …



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.