Downs, a 34-year-old left-hander, is not well-known to casual baseball fans, perhaps because he's pitched exclusively for Montreal and Toronto since 2003. He has relatively little experience as a closer.
However, teams have long coveted him on the trade market, in part because he's had success against difficult American League East lineups. He is likely to sign a multi-year contract as a free agent.
-Jon Paul Morosi