The Toronto Blue Jays were satisfied enough with Joe Biagini's work out of their bullpen last season that they are considering stretching him into a starter, according to Alykhan K. Ravjiani of MLB.com.
Toronto general manager Ross Atkins hinted at the possibility during his season-ending news conference Monday.
Starting games would not be something new for Biagini, who held that responsibility while working his way up the San Francisco Giants' minor league ladder.
Biagini, a Rule 5 draft selection last year, compiled a 3.06 ERA to go along with 62 strikeouts and 19 walks in 67 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays in 2016. The right-hander did not allow a home run until September.
Other Blue Jays' pitching notes:
Atkins announced that Toronto will keep closer Roberto Osuna in a relief role for 2017, per Ravjiani. Osuna, who was a starter in the minors, saved 36 games for the Blue Jays last season while registering a 2.68 ERA to go along with 82 strikeouts and 14 walks in 74 innings.
The Blue Jays are planning to exercise Jason Grilli's $3 million option for 2017, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of sportsnet.ca. The 39-year-old struck out 58 and walked 19 while submitting a 3.64 ERA in 42 innings with the Blue Jays.
-- Nick Ostiller