Just a quick note on the Blue Jays trading for Carlos Villanueva. Given that they’re giving up a ‘player to be named later’ you can’t really beat that deal. There are a few holes in the bullpen with the probable departures of Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg plus the actual departure of Brian Tallet (thank heavens!).
To me, the easiest area to improve a ball club through trades and free agency is a bullpen. Sure you’re hard pressed to find a quality closer on the free agent market for cheap but mid-relievers and late inning set-up guys are easier to find for reasonable prices.
I was really hoping I wouldn’t see Jason Frasor back but if he pitches in a limited role, he can be effective. He can always get two outs, the third one always seems to be the problem!