There’s a Reliever Signing: Chad Green Gets a Multiyear Deal from the Blue Jays
Although the lefty relief market (plus Michael Fulmer) remains unmoved, there is a new relief signing to report out of free agency, and it’s not an insignificant one.
Righty Chad Green is getting a fairly healthy, albeit complex, contract from the Toronto Blue Jays:
Why hadn’t I mentioned Green at all in the Cubs’ search for one more reliever? Because Green had Tommy John surgery in June, and is more of a longer-term play than the kind of impact one-year arm the Cubs are more likely to be looking for (my, how that has changed, eh?).
Green, 31, was an outstanding reliever for the Yankees for parts of seven years before his elbow popped. The timing was terrible, as he otherwise would’ve been lined up for a much more significant payday this offseason. As it is, good on him for at least locking down a nice chunk.
As for the market impact here, it’s possible there isn’t one, given Green’s unique circumstances. But it’s also possible that things are going to be humming along soon enough – that was already possible, of course, since we’re just two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training.