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Blue Jays rumors: Toronto offers Cecil three-year contract

Cecil has proven to be a valuable bullpen arm despite a down 2016 season.

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Toronto has made free agent lefty Brett Cecil a three-year deal to remain with the Blue Jays, according to Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell.

Cecil, 30, has proven to be a valuable left-handed relief option in parts of eight seasons with the Blue Jays. He pitched to a 3.93 ERA and 3.64 FIP over 36.2 innings last season, his highest ERA since posting a 5.72 ERA in 2012.

Because Cecil has comparable numbers against both left and right-handed hitters, he hasn’t been limited to a specialist role. Left-handed hitters batted .297 against him last season while righties hit .339. Still, his career splits have been traditionally even.

Though he isn’t a candidate to serve a closer, Cecil could be considered one of the better left-handed relief options on the market. He might be a more affordable arm than Aroldis Chapman for teams seeking left-handed depth.

The Mariners have reportedly expressed interest in Cecil, but the Blue Jays will likely want to add to their left-handed core that features Aaron Loup, Chad Girodo and Matt Dermody.