Craig Breslow
Craig Breslow
38-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Craig Breslow in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2018.
Will re-sign with Toronto
PFree Agent  AAA
March 24, 2018
Breslow, who was released by the Blue Jays on Saturday, will re-sign with the team on a minor-league pact, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Breslow's release earlier in the day was merely a procedural move. It's unclear what the 37-year-old left-hander still has in the tank. His last good season came in 2013, when he was a key bullpen piece that helped carry the Red Sox to the World Series.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-36%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .284 78 9 6 19 4 1 0
Since 2016vs Right .333 144 21 12 43 6 1 5
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .214 52 7 5 9 3 0 0
2017vs Right .333 107 16 9 32 6 1 4
2016vs Left .400 26 2 1 10 1 1 0
2016vs Right .333 37 5 3 11 0 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.36 1.39 33.0 0 3 0 5.7 3.3 1.1
Since 2016Away 6.06 2.08 16.1 1 0 0 5.0 3.3 0.6
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 4.68 1.44 25.0 0 1 0 6.1 3.2 1.4
2017Away 6.10 1.84 10.1 1 0 0 5.2 4.4 0.0
2016Home 3.38 1.25 8.0 0 2 0 4.5 3.4 0.0
2016Away 6.00 2.50 6.0 0 0 0 4.5 1.5 1.5
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Breslow became a free agent in the offseason after four years in Boston. He was a big part of the bullpen during Boston’s run up to the World Series in 2013, but had been unable to repeat that success in the two years since. He had a 4.15 ERA while giving up a whopping 12 homers in 65 innings (1.66 HR/9). Since his heroics in 2013, Breslow has a 4.98 ERA and has permitted 20 homers in 119.3 innings (1.51 HR/9). Breslow made the first starts of his career last year, which adds an interesting wrinkle, but those starts came out of desperate need. Due to injuries and pitching limits on some young starters, Boston needed Breslow to make a couple of September starts, and he allowed two runs and seven hits (two homers) in 9.1 innings. The two starts are a short sample size, but the former Yalie is no dummy, and in a bid to increase his marketability, he has informed major league teams he’s willing to be a starter in 2016.
Coming off a 71-appearance season in 2013 that extended to late October, Breslow's spring-training work was delayed and he opened the season on the disabled list. Once he was available to pitch, Breslow never regained the form that made him so dependable in Boston's championship run. He had a 5.96 ERA and walked 28 batters in 54.1 innings pitched. Breslow would likely argue that 2014 was an outlier and his body work from 2008 to 2013 indicates he's still a major-league caliber reliever. That may be true, but the Red Sox didn't want to pick up his $4 million option in 2015. He eventually re-signed with Boston for one year at $2 million to reprise a similar role.
Breslow appeared in 61 games for Boston (71 games counting the playoffs), posting a career-best 1.81 ERA and 2.7 BB/9, while becoming part of the setup crew late in the season and into the playoffs. There's nothing about his history to suggest that he'll maintain a level of effectiveness to remain in a setup role -- control has been a recurring issue for Breslow -- and we began to see the cracks in the World Series. He has another year on his deal, though, so he'll be part of the bullpen in 2014. Whether he retains the trust of manager John Farrell as a setup man is to be determined.
Breslow had a nice 20-inning run with Boston after he was acquired from Arizona at the trade deadline. He really did not do too much different in 2012, other than becoming the beneficiary of a lower BABIP and not allow any homers while with Boston. Breslow still has trouble with control (career 3.7 BB/9), so he is susceptible to bad luck or long balls. He is one of three left-handers the Red Sox have in their bullpen, so expect some movement in that area before the start of the season.
Breslow saw his BABIP balloon to .345 in 2011, resulting in 69 hits allowed in 59.1 innings after he entered the season with just 90 hits allowed in his last 130 innings. He lost some of his usual effectiveness against lefties, and was shipped to Arizona as part of the Trevor Cahill trade. The drastic shift in home parks kills any sort of hidden value he might have had as a staff filler, but Breslow should take on the role as the primary left-hander for manager Kirk Gibson in 2012 after Rule 5 selection Joe Paterson served as the lone southpaw last season.
Breslow played a prominent role in the A's bullpen in the final month, picking up a handful of saves as the A's were without Andrew Bailey and Michael Wuertz, but he was a solid contributor throughout the season as well. He's shown the ability to limit the hits allowed in his two seasons with the A's, allowing just 90 hits in his last 130 innings pitched, and should continue to be an effective option in the later innings in 2011.
The A's claimed Breslow off waivers in late May after his early-season struggles (1.535 WHIP, 6.28 ERA in 17 appearances) resulted in his release by the Twins. He regained his 2008 form once joining the A's, posting a nifty 0.994 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 55.1 innings. He should continue in his role as the A's primary late-inning lefty, providing some value in those leagues that count holds.
Breslow was released by the Red Sox and Indians before finding a home with the Twins and becoming a key middle reliever. Breslow always had strong strikeout totals in the minors with good control, but couldn't find his niche in a major league bullpen. With the departure of Dennys Reyes, he could becoming the primary left-handed set-up man for Joe Nathan.
Breslow spent the whole season at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2007, where he worked out of the bullpen with moderate success. He has good strikeout totals, but walked more batters than a reliever should. Boston is looking for some late-inning relief help, but Breslow won't be considered. Another season in Triple-A awaits the 27-year-old. Breslow was claimed off waivers by Cleveland in March 2008.
Breslow appeared in 12 games for Boston, mostly in September when the Red Sox faded. His fastball tops out at 90 mph and he's got a plus curve and average changeup. The former captain of Yale's baseball team, he'll need injuries and incompetence to get back to the majors in 2007.
Breslow pitched well in middle relief for the Padres last year. He'll need to limit his walks to land a spot in the back of the pen for 2006, though.
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Released by Blue Jays
PFree Agent  AAA
March 24, 2018
Breslow was released by the Blue Jays on Saturday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Will not make team
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
March 21, 2018
Breslow has been told he won't make the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
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Signs minor-league deal with Blue Jays
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
February 12, 2018
Breslow signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training, Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com reports.
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Called up Saturday
PCleveland Indians  AAA
August 26, 2017
Breslow had his contract purchased from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.
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Signs on with Indians
PCleveland Indians  AAA
August 4, 2017
Breslow signed a minor-league contract with the Indians on Friday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
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