Bass avoided arbitration Tuesday by signing a one-year deal with the Blue Jays. Bass will make $1.5 million in 2020, per Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca. The righty finished 2019 with a solid 3.56 ERA in 48 innings for the Mariners but was designated for assignment and claimed by Toronto in late October. He'll compete for the top setup role in front of Ken Giles.
The Blue Jays claimed Bass off waivers from Seattle on Tuesday. Bass spent the 2019 season with the Mariners, posting a 3.56 ERA in 48 innings and saving five games. Ryan Dull was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Bass struck out two in two-thirds of an inning to record his fourth save in a 5-3 win over the Reds on Wednesday. Bass was called to pitch with one out and the bases loaded with a three-run lead in the ninth inning. Bass struck out the first two batters he faced, although a wild pitch allowed a run to score on the second punchout. He forced a groundout to nail down his fourth save of the season. The 31-year-old has now gotten a save in both games of the series, while Matt Magill has not pitched since Sept. 5.
Bass pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against Cincinnati on Tuesday. Bass needed only nine pitches to set the Reds down in order and pick up his first save since Aug. 7. The right-hander has recently yielded primary closer duties to Matt Magill, though Tuesday's opportunity to close out the one-run game suggests that Seattle's ninth-inning situation is fluid. Nonetheless, relying on Bass is a shaky proposition as he has five blown saves this season with a 3.67 ERA and 37:16 K:BB in 41.2 innings.
Bass allowed a run on a hit and a walk while striking out three over 1.1 innings Friday against Toronto. Bass failed to produce a scoreless outing for his club, though the Mariners would emerge with a 7-4 victory in the series opener. The 31-year-old right-hander was given an opportunity to close Aug. 17 against the Blue Jays, but after surrendering a run, he was charged with a blown save. Meanwhile, Matt Magill appears to have stepped into the closer's role for Seattle, racking up three saves in his last four chances, all coming within the last eight days. Though Bass may be called on in high-leverage situations moving forward, Magill is clearly the Mariners' top choice in the ninth inning.