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Roberto Osuna will be the Blue Jays’ closer

Roberto Osuna

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) delivers the ball to Texas Rangers during the ninth inning in Game 3 of baseball’s American League Division Series Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


When Drew Storen was acquired from the Washington Nationals, most expected that he would be the new Blue Jays closer. Nope: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Wednesday morning that Roberto Osuna will be the team’s closer to begin the 2016 season.

Gibbons cited his “familiarity” with Osuna which tipped the scales. And it’s not a bad choice. Osuna did a fine job when given the opportunity last season and has done well this spring. It is a bit awkward because Storen has made it known that his preference is to close -- and he didn’t react particularly well when taken out of that role in Washington -- but he’s the setup man now.