Former Red Sox Closer Rips Division Rival’s Offseason

David Kaestle
Jonathan Papelbon has a lot to say about the Blue Jays offseason
Jonathan Papelbon has a lot to say about the Blue Jays offseason / Associated Press

Jonathan Papelbon was best known during his MLB career for his time with the Boston Red Sox. He made a name for himself in Bean Town, connecting with the blue-collar city through his tough and loud persona and pitching style.

Serving as the team's closer from 2005 to 2011, Papelbon became a huge fan favorite and certainly was in the AL East long enough to develop some real disdain toward the other teams in the division, not just the New York Yankees.

In a recent podcast interview, Papelbon was asked about the Toronto Blue Jays offseason, and he did not hold back in his criticism of what they've done this winter.

He went right for the jugular on Toronto's pitching staff, which is viewed by many as a strength, especially with Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah at the top of it.

While he did say Gausman was a good pitcher, there were no compliments on Manoah, and dismissed the signing of "Chris Bassitt and his 4.00 ERA" as not enough for Toronto to do anything.

Bassitt's ERA is actually better than 4.00. In 2022 he pitched to a 3.42 ERA, which was slightly lower than his 3.45 career ERA. While Papelbon was technically incorrect from a numbers standpoint on Bassitt, his general point came across pretty clearly. If Toronto wants to have a shot at leapfrogging the Yankees in the AL East in 2023, they need to do much more than just adding a pitcher like Basssitt.

Papelbon was never a player that held anything back on or off the field during his playing days, and it sounds like that's continuing in retirement.

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