Tonight, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-handed starter Clay Buchholz to a contract, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The team did sign reliever Bud Norris earlier in the afternoon to compete for a spot in the bullpen.
Now, Buchholz will compete with southpaws Ryan Borucki and Clayton Richard, plus right-hander Matt Shoemaker for the last three spots of the rotation. It is not clear right now whose rotation spot Buchholz would be overtaking after spring training concludes. Sanchez and Stroman are locks at the top of the rotation.
Furthermore, Buchholz had a crazy start in the beginning of the 2018 campaign in the Royals organization by starting in Triple-A, but was released, which was a big mistake as the Arizona Diamondbacks gave him a contract and he balled out for them.
In addition, Buchholz turned in a masterful 2.01 ERA with 7.4 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 0.82 HR/9 and a 42.6 percent grounder rate in 98 1/3 innings out of the Arizona rotation last year.
Interesting statistic from Sportsnet Stats is that Buchholz has held the opposition to a .286 slugging percentage, which is the best and lowest among starters who have pitched at the Rogers Centre.
Finally, if Buchholz can perform the way he did in 2018 with the Diamondbacks, the team could gauge trade interest near the trade deadline and land a decent prospect or two to stock up the minor league system.