Blue Jays Interested In Matt Guerrier

The Blue Jays are showing interest in reliever Matt Guerrier, a source tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter).  The right-hander was not offered arbitration by Minnesota and therefore will not cost a top draft pick.  Had he received an arbitration offer from the Twins, he would have been a Type A free agent.

Guerrier posted a 3.17 ERA in 2010 with 5.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 74 appearances.  The 32-year-old earned $3.15MM this season and our own Ben Nicholson-Smith doesn't see him making more than $4-5MM in 2011.

Earlier this week we learned that Toronto is also reportedly interested in another reliever familiar to the Twins organization, Jesse Crain

 


38 Responses to Blue Jays Interested In Matt Guerrier Leave a Reply

  1. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I always this about every player, but seriously, Guerrier would be a tremendous fit on the Jays and he’s an awesome dude…I think he’d fit in quite nicely with the Jays. Shouldn’t cost too much and doesn’t cost a pick…He’s extremely consistent as well. I want to see a deal get done.

  2. I’ll be surprised if either him or Crain don’t end up on the Doyers

  3. Gurvir Nijjar 5 years ago

    him and crain both in toronto would be nice additions for farrels bullpen

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Thats a really good point, I wonder if Farrell will try to bring back some of his old guys like Delcarmen and Okajima. Just a thought.

      • boyofsummer 5 years ago

        Okajima….OK!
        But please, not Delcarmen.

        • Gurvir Nijjar 5 years ago

          delcarmen’s not that bad just needs a fresh start

          • boyofsummer 5 years ago

            I don’t really see Delcarmen as an improvement over the arms we could put into the bullpen. His numbers over the past two seasons have become progressively worse, and I don’t have reason to foresee an improvement next year. Without looking at the numbers, I’ve always just felt that Delcarmen is hittable, and not much of a threat coming out of the bullpen. Actually, I was always quite optimistic when our batters would face him. Probably the same feeling batters would get when facing Brian Tallet.

      • Gurvir Nijjar 5 years ago

        totally agree with you

      • slider32 5 years ago

        I don’t think he wants to deal with past mistakes.

      • slider32 5 years ago

        I don’t think he wants to deal with past mistakes.

    • slider32 5 years ago

      Dream on Toronto will be lucky to get Farnsworth and Rauch.

  4. Alvaro Ortiz 5 years ago

    I’m excited to see what Toronto’s bullpen looks like in April. There are so many external options like Guerrier and Crain as well as guys in the system that could surprise in the spring. With shrewd management of pitchers by Farrell, it coud be a very solid pen.

    • rbeezy 5 years ago

      Long way to go to be considered solid. They will need a lot more then Guerrier, they already lost Gregg and Downs. The pen was weak last year and is a major question mark with the jays right now.

  5. Why are not the Pirates interested in this guy…oh wait he might cost a few $$$$$$

    • slider32 5 years ago

      Right know the Pirates are like a minor league team, nobody wants to go there unless they want no pressure and want to stay in the big leagues.

    • slider32 5 years ago

      Right know the Pirates are like a minor league team, nobody wants to go there unless they want no pressure and want to stay in the big leagues.

    • the owner is willing to spend money, just no one wants to play there and why would you. 10+ season of a losing record, how many 1st overall picks do you need before you can be good. im guessing 8+

  6. grownice 5 years ago

    id rather keep downs but , guerrier would be cheaper, not as effective but also allow us to net the 2 draft picks, so wouldnt be a bad move.

  7. pastlives 5 years ago

    Frasor-Guerrier-Camp-Janssen should be a solid, not spectacular, but solid back of the bullpen…hopefully Purcey can continue to be useful. Rzepcyznski could be an intersting bullpen piece too o, if Drabek breaks camp with the team. Maybe stick Litsch in there too as a longman/spot starter. Jays have plenty of options, their bullpen should be fine.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Farina is in the mix as well…Plus a couple minor league signings…and Trades…

      Leo Nunez, Manny Delcarmen are possibilities.

    • Jays’ BP ranked 21st in ERA and 14th in BAA and 15th in WHIP last year. They will probably be worse this year. I do not think Jay’s BP is fine. It is probably one of the team’s points of vulnerability, IMHO.

  8. NomarGarciaparra 5 years ago

    Apparently the Red Sox are interested in him too, which is great. Although they really need a lefty, doesn’t hurt to add an extra good arm to the pen. Last year was horrible to watch…even when the starters were worn out, Francona had to stick with them until 7th or 8th, and then let it go to Bard and Pap…no one else could be trusted!

    Downs would be a great addition…but I’m not sure if he is worth losing a pick for.

  9. 2UGGLA2BINTO 5 years ago

    We would be better served if we signed one of these two to be our closer, we will have Frasor, Camp, Purcey, Roenicke,Janssen, Carlson maybe stewart and Accardo plus a long man in zep. Bullpen will be fine….lets focus on Manny/Dunn for our vacant DH.

    • slider32 5 years ago

      I agree bring in Manny!

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

      I wouldn’t mind Berkman either, just because he’s a switch hitter – something the Jays lack.

  10. Mick_In_Ithaca 5 years ago

    I doubt Accardo’s going to be around; his K/9 fell off quite a bit in AAA from what he did in 07 with the Jays. I’d like to see some new blood, and Guerriere would be a good sign.

    One thing I like about Farrell as manager is that he’s one more set of experienced eyes with which to evaluate our young minor league pitchers. I hope that between him, Walton, Hentgen and the minor league coaches they can come up with a pitcher (or two) who can fill a role in the bullpen, and maybe even someone who can step up and close for this team. While I’ve got no problem with Frasor being back, I don’t want to see him in the closer role.

    • boyofsummer 5 years ago

      Accardo seems to be persona non grata with the organization. I don’t know whether that was a Cito issue, or something else, but he certainly seems to be on the outside looking in, and doesn’t appear to figure in the Jays’ future plans.

      • Before going to AAA last year, Accordo showed, as a Jay, that he really did not match-up versus MLB hitting. It is time to let him go. He is more likely to remain an effective minor league pitcher and a struggling MLB pitcher at this point. I think it is time to let him go.

    • 2UGGLA2BINTO 5 years ago

      I would not be so sure about Accardo, he was named reliever of the year at AAA…he also married the daughter of the head VP at Rogers.

      • moonraker45 5 years ago

        He also hasn’t played for the Jays since getting married and his original wedding was called off, when Phil Lind ask Jeremy to sign a pre nup and he was insulted.

  11. Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

    I’d pass. A career 5.9 SO/9 should catch up to him eventually, as his career FIP indicates.

    Jon Rauch or JJ Putz, please.

  12. slider32 5 years ago

    Guerrier will get alot of action,he is the best non closer left on the market.

    • Depends on who you consider to be a “closer”, but he’s not. I’d take Putz, Rauch, and maybe a couple more before Guerrier.

    • Depends on who you consider to be a “closer”, but he’s not. I’d take Putz, Rauch, and maybe a couple more before Guerrier.

    • eviola1 5 years ago

      Downs

  13. andhicks 5 years ago

    Lets get this done AA.
    I like both of these pitchers actually.
    1/2 would be nice, 2/2 even better.

  14. andhicks 5 years ago

    Lets get this done AA.
    I like both of these pitchers actually.
    1/2 would be nice, 2/2 even better.

  15. baseballz 5 years ago

    I agree both these guys (Crain and Guerrier) could fill useful holes in the pen. On two year deals why not, anything more then i’d say look at Putz for that kind of coin. Just as long as we don’t see Accardo again. 2007 was fun and all, but honestly he’s just not the same guy.

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