What the Blue Jays’ signing of Shun Yamaguchi tells us about their stance on openers

Let’s face it, Shun Yamaguchi — the Japanese forkballer who reportedly landed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Blue Jays Tuesday  — is not going to be the superfluous addition that puts the team over the hump of contention in 2020 and beyond.
Yes, it’s exciting that the Blue Jays have, for the first time ever, seriously forayed into the Japanese market, and yes, seeing a pitcher with Yamaguchi’s makeup is cause for excitement, but the team still needs numerous pieces and then some to be considered serious contenders, as you’ve no doubt heard hundreds of times.
Yamaguchi’s signing is hardly a controversial one. His contract appears reasonable and it’s easy to recognize the upside the front office sees in him. What’s even more interesting is that Yamaguchi can be used as both a starter and reliever, as team president Mark Shapiro mentioned on Sportsnet’s Tim and Sid Wednesday.
So, where will he end up? And, most importantly, why does the team keep signing pitchers with relatively low, yet solidly consistent, ceilings?
In an observant and perhaps sarcastic tweet, Nick Dika, a contributor to …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

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