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The Toronto Blue Jays are willing to listen to offers for right-hander Alek Manoah this offseason. The 25-year-old broke out with a sterling 2.24 ERA in the 2022 season and finished third in Cy Young voting but endured a disastrous 2023 campaign. Not only did he post a 5.87 ERA across 19 outings but he was also demoted to the club's spring training facility following early-season struggles and refused to report to Triple-A Buffalo later in the year after a brief, and unsuccessful, return to the big leagues. While his trade value has certainly taken a hit after a rollercoaster season both on and off the field in 2023, Manoah could still fetch a solid return considering his 2022 campaign but also the fact he is controlled through the 2027 season and has two minor-league options remaining.
Toronto Blue Jays pitchers Kevin Gausman, Chris Bassitt, Jose Berrios and Yusei Kikuchi are all slated to return to the team's starting rotation next year, and general manager Ross Atkins confirmed that right-hander Alek Manoah (arm) will be in a good spot to earn the final rotation spot come spring training despite his disappointing 2022, where he had a 5.87 ERA in 19 starts and was sent to the minors on two different occasions. The 25-year-old has earned "the right to have a strong leg up" in the fifth-starter competition, Atkins said. "I feel so good about him returning back to the 2021-22 version of himself," the GM added. After Manoah, Toronto's starting depth includes Bowden Francis, Mitch White and top prospect Ricky Tiedemann, who battled injuries in 2023.
The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Monday that they exercised their $21 million two-year option on relief pitcher Chad Green. The 32-year-old veteran right-hander only tossed 12 innings in 12 appearances out of the bullpen in 2023 after debuting in September in his return from Tommy John surgery he had in June of 2022. Unsurprisingly, Green wasn't all that effective, allowing 10 runs (seven earned) on 12 hits while walking four and striking out 16. He has 11 career saves in his eight big-league seasons and could be a valuable late-inning bullpen piece for Toronto the next two years if he can stay healthy. Green has a career 3.24 ERA (3.27 FIP) and 1.03 WHIP with a 6.4 percent walk rate and 32.4 percent strikeout rate in 395 2/3 innings pitched.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Tiedemann allowed one unearned run on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks over five innings in an Arizona Fall League start on Thursday. The 21-year-old lefty is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and he's gotten off to an excellent start in the AFL so far. He has a 2.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 23:8 K/BB ratio over 18 innings (four starts) for Surprise. He pitched across four levels for the Blue Jays organization during the 2023 season as well and compiled a 3.68 ERA and 1.227 WHIP over just 44 innings. He'll most likely be pitching with the big league club in 2024 and is definitely a name to keep an eye on.
Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah (shoulder), who was demoted twice to the minor leagues in 2023 due to poor performance and injury, wanted to receive injections to address his undisclosed shoulder injury late in the season. Manoah ended up making only 19 starts for Toronto, going 3-9 with a 5.97 ERA in 87 1/3 innings. It was even more mind-boggling after the former first-rounder had a breakout season the year prior over 31 starts. The 25-year-old hasn't made any public comments since the season ended, but the Jays continue to say that he's in their future plans. There will be a rotation spot for Manoah in 2024, but he may be at odds with the front office after he was demoted twice this year. Regardless, Manoah's fantasy stock heading into 2024 has fallen precipitously after his struggles this year.