The Blue Jays are trying to trade for a closer

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman writes that the Blue Jays have free agent Francisco Rodriguez on their radar, but they are “trying to trade for a closer first.”

Who could the Blue Jays be targeting? There are a couple of notable possibilities out there. Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reported during the Winter Meetings that they were interested in Royals closer Greg Holland. Holland’s teammate, Wade Davis, is also believed to be on the block. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this month that the Nationals were shopping set-up man Tyler Clippard. He’d be a pretty nice fit too.

Rodriguez isn’t a bad alternative if they can’t find a match on the trade front. He had a 3.04 ERA with 44 saves and a 73/18 K/BB ratio over 66 innings with the Brewers in 2014. He’ll turn 33 next week.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.