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It looks like the Blue Jays are close to a deal with Kirby Yates

It looks like the Blue Jays are adding to their bullpen again.

After inking Tyler Chatwood to a buy-low deal on Monday, reports have come out Tuesday morning that closer Kirby Yates is visiting the Blue Jays’ complex in Dunedin and the two sides are close on a deal.

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Now, of course, as we saw with Liam Hendriks a few weeks ago, a player heading to the complex in Dunedin doesn’t mean a deal is inevitable, but there weren’t any reports last time that a deal was close.

Yates would be a really interesting add for the Blue Jays. He only pitched 4 1/3 innings in 2020 as his season came to an early end due to injury. But, in the two seasons before that, Yates was arguably the best relief pitcher in baseball.

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Between 2018 and 2019 with the Padres, Yates tossed 123 2/3 innings and put up a sparkling 1.67 ERA with 13.9 strikeouts per nine and 2.2 walks per nine. His performance in 2019, a 1.19 ERA and a National League leading 41 saves, earned him some Cy Young votes.

We have no idea at this point what the dollars and cents would look like on a deal for Yates, but, given his injury, I would assume it’s quite a bit less than the mammoth deal that Hendriks inked with the White Sox, which would be a very good value addition for the Blue Jays.