The Blue Jays are among the teams watching Corey Kluber’s throwing session today

Another day, another ‘The Blue Jays are linked to _______’ post.

This one is a bit different than the standard ‘the Blue Jays have been in talks with so and so’ though.
Corey Kluber, the two-time Cy Young Award winner, is doing a throwing session for teams down in Florida today, and the Blue Jays are one of the teams in the mix.

#BlueJays are one of the teams watching Corey Kluber throw in Florida today, per source.
Would make a lot of sense as a buy-low mid-rotation arm while you cross your fingers he can find his Cy form again.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) January 13, 2021

Kluber is a name that Shapiro and Co. obviously know well. Originally drafted by the San Diego Padres back in 2007, Kluber was acquired by Cleveland in a three-team trade that involved Jake Westbrook and Ryan Ludwick. A few years later, Kluber emerged as one of the better starting pitchers in baseball.
He won the Cy Young in 2014, finished third in voting in 2016 while helping Cleveland reach the World Series, and won again in 2017. Between 2013 and 2018, Kluber posted a sparkling 2.85 ERA with great peripheral numbers, walking just 1.8 batters-per-nine while striking out 10.1 per-nine.
Early on in the 2019 season, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

You can cross Jake Odorizzi off your free agent wish list

One of the names the Blue Jays had been linked to early on this off-season — and a name many fans had been talking about for months as an ideal fit — is off the free-agent list before things even got rolling. Jake Odorizzi has reportedly accepted his qualifying offer from the Minnesota Twins.

Odorizzi accepting qualifying offer, source tells The Athletic. Back with #MNTwins.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 14, 2019

After Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, Odorizzi’s name was towards the top of the list for free-agent starters. Thanks to a bounceback season in which he posted a 3.51 ERA and made his first-ever All-Star appearance, the 29-year-old seemed primed to get himself a nice payday this winter. But instead, he’ll bet on himself, and do it all over again next winter.
This seems like an odd choice for Odorizzi, given that he’s coming off of the best season of his career. But since players can only be qualified once, Odorizzi will be able to head straight to the free-agent market next winter without any draft pick compensation attached to him. It’s also a much, much weaker free-agent market next year for starters, so another year like he had …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation