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Jays decline Chase Anderson’s option

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Not that it is a surprise, but the Blue Jays have declined the 2021 option on Chase Anderson’s contract. He would have made $9.5 million, but the Jays are letting him go for free agency with a $500,000 cheque in his pocket.

If he is looking for advice on how to spend it, I’m doing very little at the moment.

Chase had a 7.22 ERA in 10 games, 7 starts this year. It was such a weird season, so I wouldn’t hold it too much against him. But, there...

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Blue Jays Decline Chase Anderson’s Option

The Blue Jays have declined their $9.5MM club option on right-hander Chase Anderson, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (Twitter link). He’ll receive a $500K buyout and hit free agency.

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Free Agent Poll: Taijuan Walker

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I’m stealing an idea from Lone Star Ball. It isn’t the first time I’ve stolen from them. The idea is to go through some of the top free agents, use the contract FanGraphs suggests they will get and have a poll asking if we would like to sign him for that amount.

Let’s start with a friend.

Craig Edwards from FanGraphs figures Taijuan Walker to get 2-years and a total of $19 million, $9.5 a year. Of course, who knows how free agency will go this...

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Matt W

Impending minor league free agents

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Up to 21 players who will likely soon be departing the Blue Jays organization

With the World Series over and 147 major league free agent declarations Wednesday and another 13 yesterday under Article XX(B) of the Collective Agreement, the next phase of the offseason is its cousin minor league free agency. That happens five days after the end of the World Series, so by end of this weekend. It obviously doesn’t have the same impact as on the major league...

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Marco Scutaro

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Marco Scutaro turns 45 today. We have hit a stretch of a number of my favorite Jays having birthdays.

We picked up Scutaro in trade from the A’s back in November of 2007. In the post about the trade achnegy said:

I am not surprised at who this trade partner is as it’s again the Oakland A’s, which is Riccardi’s old boss.

Scutaro is a light-hitting SS that many compared to John McDonald. Scutaro does have some power, hitting 7 home runs last...

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I KNOW WHERE YOU PLAYED LAST SUMMER

The VERY real possibility of the Blue Jays not being able to start or play at all in Toronto in 2021 is a scary proposition. But Mark Shapiro and Rogers Communications can rewrite a doomsday scenario and transform our fears into excitement.

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Tom Dakers

OOTP Season Sim: Game 122

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This is the game from August 12. It is the third of four against the Rays in Tampa Bay.

Blue Jays 1 Rays 2

Since getting back into this, the Jays offense has been terrible.

This game we got a good start from Aaron Sanchez. 5 innings, just 2 hits, 1 earned, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. It is his best start since coming over in trade from the Mariners. But it wasn’t enough to get him a win.

Eduardo Jimenez pitched the sixth and got the...

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Thursday Bantering: La Russa hired, Osuna outrighted and free agent stuff

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Keith Law has his list of top 50 free agents. Top of the list is George Springer. He would be interesting for the Jays. An above average CFer, who has both power and gets on base. But a lot of teams will be in on him.

Some others of note:

3. Trevor Bauer. Great pitcher with a personality that can turn people off.

4. Marcus Stroman. Another whose personality could turn people off and he missed all of this season. It will be interesting to see what he...

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Jesse Barfield and R.A. Dickey

Looks like a man who could still hit the ball out of the park. | Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic

Jesse Barfield turns 61 today.

Jesse Barfield was one of my favorite players.

He was a 9th round pick in the 1977 amateur draft, the first year the Jays (and Mariners) were part of the draft. MLB gave them the last two picks of each round (the big-hearted folks they are).

Jesse made it up to the majors in 1981 and spent 9 years with the Blue Jays. He’s near the top of the franchise leader...

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Blue Jays Pitching Target: Corey Kluber

The Texas Rangers are rumoured to be about to decline their 2021 option on Corey Kluber.  Might he be a fit for the Blue Jays? In a previous article,

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Happy Birthday Juan Guzman

Juan Guzman turns 54 today.

Guzman was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dodgers signed as an amateur free agent in 1985. Pat Gillick traded Mike Sharperson to LA for him, giving Pat an easy win, not that Pat was short on wins in his career.

The Blue Jays called Juan up to the Majors in early June of 1991; the rotation was a bit of a mess behind the top three of Stottlemyre, Key, and Wells. Dave Stieb was hurt, and Denis Boucher didn’t pan out and got traded to Cleveland with...

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Wednesday Bantering: World Series Thoughts

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No more baseball for who knows how long. I feel like I’m going to need the site as a group therapy thing.

I can watch NFL, but I don’t have a team. I used to cheer for any team that had a former CFL player at QB. I think I need suggestions for which team to cheer.

Only baseball can have their league championship game over-shadowed by another story. I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but Justin Turner came out of the game after a positive COVID test, which...

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Open Thread for World Series Game Six

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It could be the end of baseball for 2020 tonight. And since we have no idea if 2021 will be delayed, might as well soak in tonight.

But I’m going to cheer for the Rays to get us to another game.

Today's Lineups Ji-Man Choi - 1B Mookie Betts - RF Randy Arozarena - LF Corey Seager - SS Austin Meadows - DH Justin Turner - 3B Brandon Lowe - 2B Max Muncy - 1B Manuel Margot - RF Will Smith - DH Joey Wendle - 3B Cody Bellinger - CF Willy Adames - SS Chris...

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Tuesday Bantering: Manfred speaks

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And other stuff

Tonight might be our last chance to watch live MLB baseball for several months, so we might as well enjoy it.

Rob Manfred gave an interview to Sportico, in the middle of a terrific World Series. Great storylines, excellent teams, lots of star players, a remarkable story of a young player who hadn’t swung a bat in a game for a couple of weeks coming up with a big hit. Tons of excellent baseball stuff. You’d think he’d want to spend...

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Looking ahead to 2021

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eakdown and assessment before the offseason

Every year when the season ends, I like to take a look forward at what the next year’s Opening Day roster would look before the offseason gets going, based only on existing organizational players. This year of course, there is the underlying uncertainty of what exactly the 2021 season will look like — or if there will even be one — but nonetheless, the offseason beckons with the World Series about to...

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Blue Jays Bullpen Not Really a Priority This Offseason

The Toronto Blue Jays enjoyed a rather effective bullpen in 2020 and they could be in good shape heading into 2021 The Toronto Blue Jays will head into the offseason with some work to do.

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OOTP Season Sim: Game 121

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This is the game from August 11, the second of four at Tropicana against the Rays.

Blue Jays 0 Rays 1

The Jays managed just 2 hits, in 6.2 innings against Tyler Glasnow, a Derek Fisher single and a Travis Shaw double. Our only other base runner was Vladimir Guerrero who took a base on balls.

And then relievers Peter Fairbanks and Nick Anderson threw the last 2.1 innings without allowing a base runner.

Anthony Kay had a terrific start, 7 innings, 3 hits,...

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Question time: Tell us about the best non-Jays game you ever watched?

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There isn’t much for Blue Jays news of late, so I thought I’d ask a question: What is the best non-Jays game you have ever watched?

I ask because I think Game 4 of this World Series is right near the top of the list for me. It had some of everything, good pitching, bad pitching, questionable manager decisions, good base running, bad base running, mistakes and a walk-off.

The walk-off play was amazing in so many ways. The tumble while coming home. The...

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Blue Jays Pitching Target: Marco Gonzales

The Toronto Blue Jays will need to figure out what to do with their rotation in 2021 and Marco Gonzales might be of interest The Toronto Blue Jays will need starting pitching.

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Open Thread World Series Game Five

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Yesterday was the best World Series game I’ve seen since Joe Carter hit the home run. It was just a ton of fun.

Brett Phillips doesn’t have to do anything ever again in the MLB and he’ll be remembered forever. You have to appreciate an at bat where he gets two calls that were, to me, just off the plate, go against him and he still manages to get the game winning hit.

I’m still cheering for 7 games and odds are pretty good that it will go 7...

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