Blue Jays relievers in demand in trade talks

Blue Jays pitcher Sergio Santos. (REUTERS file photo)

Blue Jays pitcher Sergio Santos. (REUTERS file photo)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:04 PM ET

ORLANDO - If the Blue Jays happen to make a trade for a quality starting pitcher, second baseman or catcher, it will probably be as a result of their depth in the bullpen. GM Alex Anthopoulos said on Tuesday that he's been asked about "every single reliever" on their major league roster here at the GM meetings.

"It's a deep, quality bullpen," he said. "It's a strength and we want to keep it a strength. But definitely teams have a lot of interest in those guys."

Jays relievers combined for an ERA of 3.37 in 2013 -- the fourth best in the American League. They have a number of pitchers who can step in as the closer if anything should happen to Casey Janssen (who recorded 34 saves), including a healthy Sergio Santos, who was largely lights out after he was activated from the 60-day DL on Aug. 1.

 


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