Jays GM Atkins not worried about Osuna
CLEARWATER, FLA. — Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins firmly believes that too many people were closed-minded about the club’s closer Roberto Osuna last season — and may have pushed the panic button prematurely.
In many ways, Osuna had a great year. He was added to the All-Star Game, was tied for fourth in MLB in saves (39) and became the first player in franchise history to record back-toback seasons with at least 35 saves. All at the age of 22.
However, Osuna also led the Majors in blown saves with 10, and missed some time mid-season with undisclosed anxiety issues, also leaving the team for a spell near the end of the season to return to his native Mexico because he had just become a father.
But Atkins feels the blown saves and the anxiety issues were overblown and he fully expects Osuna to blossom again in 2018.
“You know it’s interesting about Roberto,” said Atkins. “He had a great year, he had one of the better years of all the relievers in baseball and I think a lot of attention got placed on the blown saves and a lot of attention got placed on the discussions in and around the game he didn’t pitch in Kansas City. But if you look at the strike outs, the lack of walks, the lack of hits, he’s such a remarkable lateinning, elite reliever that ... man we’re very glad he’s here.”