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Friday Bantering: Bits of Jays stuff

We are sitting through a very very slow start to the off-season. The reason seems to be that everyone is waiting to see what is going to happen with Shohei Ohtani.

Most of it is that no one knows what team he’s leaning towards, no one knows if their team is out of the running. I think that when Ohtani picks a team, or when he narrows down the field. If it comes down to 2 or 3 teams, then the rest will start moving on to other players.

I don’t know which teams have no chance. I’d like...

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How Bad Luck Stopped the Blue Jays from Being Better

You’ve got to be good to be lucky, and lucky to be good, and in 2017, the Blue Jays were equal parts awful and unfortunate. Even before the season began, Dalton Pompey was sidelined with a concussion after stealing a base playing for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Pompey, who was in the mix for an outfield job in 2017, ended up playing in only 13 games between Dunedin and Buffalo. After that, it began a parade to the disabled list as one by one, Jays went down. From inflammation to...

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Season that was: Roberto Osuna

A look at Roberto’s 2017 season.

Happy Thanksgiving for those of you across the border. I hope you have a great day.

Going into the season, we really didn’t have any questions about Roberto Osuna. We knew how the Blue Jays were going to use him. Some of us may still have been thinking about how much better it would be if the Jays made him a starter. I liked the the idea of using Osuna earlier in games, maybe 2-3 innings if needed, but we all knew he was going to continue to be the 9th...

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Ross Atkins On Blue Jays’ Preliminary Offseason Efforts

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins joined Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling on Sportsnet’s At the Letters podcast. There’s lots to listen to — including the Sportsnet team’s discussion of other subjects — but we’ll look at a few key takeaways here: The Jays are still committed to “putting a winning product on the field,” says Atkins, and that’ll be the driving force in the team’s decisions. (Indeed, he says he does not really anticipate a need for a full-blown rebuild in...

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A Note About Harold Ramirez

Harold Ramirez, once a top 100 prospect, was outrighted by the Toronto Blue Jays today. A 23 year old that used to have speed and bat-to-ball skills on his side, Ramirez has seen knee injuries rob him of the former. He was never a center fielder, and now has a ways to go to prove that he has the upside that his hitting tool once suggested he did. But this may be a learning moment for Ramirez. Take a look at something Eric Longenhangen wrote this spring: There are scouts who think Ramirez is...

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Ross Atkins’ Hands are Tied by Shohei Ohtani

Thanks to a last minute agreement between the NPB and the MLBPA, reports are now out there that Shohei Ohtani will finally be posted on Dec 2. This will come as a considerable relief to all the teams who consider themselves candidates to sign him, not least among them the Toronto Blue Jays. In fact, probably the single biggest factor in Toronto’s offseason plans is whether or not they can sign Ohtani, not just because he’s a generational talent but because of the implications he brings...

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Tom Dakers

The season that was: Aaron Loup

Looking at Aaron Loup’s 2017 season

Coming into the season, Aaron Loup was the second lefty in the Blue Jays bullpen. Then , when J.P. Howell couldn’t get anyone out, Loup became the number one lefty in the pen. Then, at times, the only lefty in the pen. Then, occasionally, someone would be called up and would become the first lefty, until he had a terrible game, then they would send him back to the minors.

It seems to be the way Loup’s career has gone, he’s been less terrible than...

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Artificial Turf Wars Ep. 81: Dreamers and Schemers

Episode 81 Greg and Josh discuss the recent Jays and MLB News including the seemingly bizarre J.D. Martinez-Blue Jays rumour and different routes the Blue Jays could go this offseason, the recent 40-man additions, the trade for Gift Ngoepe, the latest, seemingly final twist in the Shohei Ohtani posting saga, and the heavy sanctions laid against the Atlanta organization for various violations. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do-Over to Joe Morgan and the Baseball Hall...

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The Blue Jays and J.D. Martinez: One Rumour That Has Almost No Chance of Happening

The Toronto Blue Jays need an outfielder (or two) next year. Coincidentally, J.D. Martinez is an outfielder. Seems like a perfect match for the Blue Jays to plunk down somewhere in the neighbourhood of $150 million for one of the biggest free agents out there. No, no it doesn’t. If you’re like me, you were a little surprised after reading Jon Heyman’s piece about the Blue Jays being an under-the-radar candidate to the former Tiger/Diamondback. The only bit of news in this piece is...

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Tuesday Bantering: A One Stop Winter Tour?

Plus Joe Morgan rants

The Blue Jays announced their ‘Winter Tour’. I guess it’s Winter and Winter Fest.

I don’t understand calling something a ‘Tour’ if it only has one stop. Winter Tours, in the past, have had a few stops. They have alternated going east and west and would hit a few cities each year. They would show the players doing ‘winter’ things, as well as doing autographs for hundreds.

Anyway, if you are in Vancouver, the ‘winter tour’ will visit you January...

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WATCH: Why J.D. Martinez is not good fit for Blue Jays

MLB insider Jon Paul Morosi discusses the rumours that the Blue Jays are in on free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, says he doesn’t see this management team tying so much salary into one player at this point.

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Unpacking Early Blue Jays Hot Stove Rumours

While the offseason has given us pretty much nothing but non-stories and pure speculation to talk about (even amongst the league’s newsbreakers), that doesn’t mean that the hot stove is completely off. The Jays have a few obvious spots to fill headed into free agency and there are already a handful of players that the team has been connected to. There are all kinds of rumors at this point in the baseball calendar with agents and players angling for massive contracts and teams playing coy...

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Blue Jays Add Five Prospects Ahead of Rule 5 Deadline

The Blue Jays added five prospects to their 40-man roster ahead of today’s 8:00 pm ET deadline to protect players from being eligible for the Rule 5 draft, according to a team release: Heading into the deadline, the Blue Jays were looking at a group of six to eight players who had potential to be added to the 40-man rosters. Of that group, there were two very obvious additions for Toronto. Conner Greene struggled in his second run through double-A New Hampshire, but every single team...

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Blue Jays add Conner Greene, Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire, Tom Pannone, and Rowdy Tellez to 40-man roster

After a flurry of moves this afternoon that netted out to opening up two more spots on the 40-man in addition to the four they already had, the front office went about filling them back up Monday evening in advance of the 8PM (ET) deadline to protect prospects from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

In the end, there were no surprises as the Blue Jays added RHP Connor Greene, catchers Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire, LHP Tom Pannone, and 1B Rowdy Tellez to the 40-man roster. Below is background on...

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Gift Ngoepe Traded To Blue Jays, Pun Lovers Rejoice

Only a few short hours (maybe minutes?) after losing Rob Refsnyder to a waiver claim by Cleveland, the Blue Jays added some middle infield depth from The Pittsburgh Pirates via trade. Gift is the first African born player to don a Jays uniform. The 27 year old (who will be 28 by opening day) hit .222/.323/.296 for the Pirates last year in a limited 63 PA debut. He has had a sub .700 OPS in all of his recent seasons at the AAA level, and the Pirates have had him in their system since 2009...

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Tom Dakers

Jays Trade for Gift Ngoepe from Pirates

The Jays have traded for Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates, for a player to be named or cash (I would think cash for a Gift would be fair).

Gift is 27, turns 28 in January. He played 28 games, in the majors, for the Pirates last year, hitting .222/.323/.296. In Triple A, over the past 3 seasons, he’s hit .221/.295/.362 with 14 homers in 200 games. He’s played mostly second, short and third in his minor league career.

Other than a bunch of bad jokes about his first name (it’s Gift giving...

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Blue Jays Rumors: J.D. Martinez

Also Rob Refsnyder lost to Cleveland on waiver claim

Jon Heyman tells us that the Blue Jays could be a “dark horse” (running on a dark race course)(I need Hugo around to get the reference) candidate to sign J.D. Martinez.

Heyman says that it’s more likely they would go for Jay Bruce, but Martinez would fit a need, a power hitting outfielder. Martinez is rumored to be asking $200+ for 7 years, and he’ll likely get something close to that.

He hit .302/.366/.741 with 29 homers for the...

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Blue Jays outright Rowley and Ramirez

So the Blue Jays are going to do today’s roster moves a little at a time.

Chris Rowley and Harold Ramirez have been outrighted off the Jays 40-man roster, giving them 34 on the roster, at the moment.

Rowley pitched in 6 games, starting 3, for the Jays this year. He had a 6.75 ERA in 18.2 innings. In Buffalo, he had a 2.66 ERA in 12 games, 8 starts, totaling 64.1 innings. He allowed 60 hits, 17 walks with 46 strikeouts. And you’ll remember he was the first West Point grad to make the...

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Blue Jays Outright Harold Ramirez, Chris Rowley

The Blue Jays announced that minor league outfielder Harold Ramirez and right-hander Chris Rowley have been outrighted off the 40-man roster after clearing waivers. The pair of moves creates some additional room on the 40-man in advance of tonight’s 8pm ET deadline to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 Draft.

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