With the Blue Jays looking to add starting pitching this offseason, the hot stove has been churning out a number of names. Bronson Arroyo, Ricky Nolasco, Matt Garza have been linked to the Blue Jays in recent weeks, but the name getting the most attention currently is the Chicago Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija.
While the focus is on Darvish (and rightfully so), incoming NPB lefty Wei-Ying Chen is expected to be one of the top free agents arms available during the upcoming MLB off-season.
Although the qualifying round for the 2013 World Baseball Classic is still a year away, I can’t help but speculate as to what the composition of Team Canada’s roster will be.
Taking a look at Yu Darvish’s final 2011 pitch count, in-season velocity and MLB teams that have scouted recent starts.
Maddeningly inconsistent Canadian pitching prospect Phillippe Aumont finally turned in an impressive string of appearances (35 strikeouts in 21.2 Triple-A innings) to close out the 2011 season. Will he be part of the 2012 Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen?