Toronto Blue Jays: Three Moves That Should be Made

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Sign James Paxton

The thrifty lefty would add a lot of depth to the Toronto Blue Jays rotation and help them contend better in the postseason if they had Paxton in the middle of their rotation. The Blue Jays should bring the Canadian stud back to his home country and have him help this team go to the next level.

Over eight years, Paxton has started 136 games, 102 for the Seattle Mariners and 34 for the New York Yankees. He is 57-33 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 753.1 innings, striking out 829.

Paxton, 32,  threw a no-hitter in 2018 for Seattle and is a very consistent American League pitcher. However, he only started more than 20 games four times in his career, from 2015 to 2019.

The Toronto Blue Jays have a decent rotation already with Ryu, Tanner Roark, when he decides to throw strikes, and Robbie Ray, who they just brought back on a one-year, $8 million contract.

Ray, Ryu, and Paxton would be three terrific lefties to build a rotation around. This would definitely be a little bit of an unconventional rotation, but it would be very deep and strong for the postseason if they are able to make it that far.