The Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, sources tell FanRag Sports. After spending the first three years of his big league career as a member of the Houston Astros, Oberholtzer split the 2016 campaign between the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies. The Blue Jays lost both left-hander Brett Cecil and right-hander Joaquin Benoit to free agency. Their latest addition will now solidify the back-end of the Toronto bullpen going forward. The 27-year-old southpaw appeared in 37 games last season between the Angels and Phillies. Overall, he produced a 5.89 ERA in 70.1 innings of work. Oberholtzer’s best single-season effort came back in 2013 as a rookie when he made 13 appearances and started 10 games for the Astros en route to a 2.76 ERA, two complete games and one complete-game shutout. Although the Blue Jays’ starting rotation is currently made up of Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada, J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman and Francisco Liriano, Oberholtzer has the ability to step in and serve as an insurance policy while becoming a staple of the bullpen as well.
Blue Jays sign Brett Oberholtzer
Fanrag Sports | Dec 7