Blue Jays land All-Star free agent reliever Kirby Yates: report

Jan 19 2021, 10:59 pm

The Toronto Blue Jays have made a splash in free agency.

Free agent relief pitcher Kirby Yates has an agreement in place to sign with the Blue Jays, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The 33-year-old right-hander has spent the last four seasons with the San Diego Padres, and was named an All-Star in 2019. Yates had 41 saves for the Padres in 2019, to go along with a 1.19 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 101 strikeouts.

Yates appeared in just six games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, as he underwent surgery in August to remove bone chips from his elbow. Assuming he has returned to full health, he’ll be a huge boost to the Blue Jays bullpen.

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