Biagini could wind up heading back to the bullpen in 2018 following the team's acquisition of southpaw Jaime Garcia on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Biagini was expected to have the inside track on the final spot in the Blue Jays' rotation heading into spring camp but now he is likely the odd man out as Garcia is set to grab that spot. In addition, manager John Gibbons has always preferred Biagini in the bullpen, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com which may wind up tipped the scales in an unfavorable direction for the 27-year-old. Expect this to be a fluid situation throughout camp, but due to Biagini's lack of success in the rotation during his brief opportunities last year, it would appear as though he will be utilized as a middle-relief man in 2018.
Biagini (3-13) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three batters through five innings to take the loss against the Yankees on Friday.
The 27-year-old righty has bounced between the rotation and bullpen all season and hasn't fared particularly well in either role. Barring a surprise relief appearance, Biagini will finish the campaign with an underwhelming 5.34 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 7.3 K/9 through 119.2 innings. Those numbers aren't moving the fantasy needle in many settings, and a middle-relief role is likely ahead in 2018. That's assuming that the Blue Jays will be looking to improve their starting rotation over the offseason, of course.
Biagini (3-12) allowed three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three across five innings to take the loss Saturday against the Yankees.
Biagini was firing a shutout through four innings before giving up a three-homer to Greg Bird, which led to him dropping his 12th decision of the season. He's allowed 12 earned runs over his last 17.2 innings covering four starts, and he's demonstrated extreme downside as a fantasy option during that time. He'll make his next start Friday against the Yankees.
Biagini's role in 2018 will be largely decided based on his final few starts this season, Laura Armstrong of The Toronto Star reports.
The Jays have struggled with deciding how to deploy the right-hander. He's proven to be an asset as a reliever, but Biagini was thrust into the rotation this season primarily because of injuries (see Aaron Sanchez), and the results have been mixed. As a starter, Biagini owns a 5.77 ERA over 78 innings, but the ERA was largely inflated by a few awful outings. Manager John Gibbons expects the few upcoming times he and the Blue Jays' front office see Biagini in action will help them make a decision about what his role will be next year. "He's got the stuff to do it," Gibbons said.
Biagini (3-11) allowed six runs -- four earned -- on five hits and a walk over just 1.1 innings to take the loss against Minnesota on Sunday.
After holding Baltimore to two runs through eight innings in his previous start, this was a disappointing follow up for Biagini. The 27-year-old righty has bounced between the rotation and bullpen all season and hasn't been overly successful in either role. Biagini takes an uninspiring 5.33 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into his next projected start against the Yankees at the Rogers Centre.
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