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JFtC Radio Ep215: Blue Jays’ 2020 Reality

JFtC Radio presents Ep215 of our podcast. This week, we sort through varying opinions of the Blue Jays’ offseason to settle on what their reality will be in 2020.         Jays From the Couch Radio presents Episode 215 of our podcast. This week we sort through the drama this offseason has brought […] The post JFtC Radio Ep215: Blue Jays’ 2020 Reality appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Poll Time: Vote for the Blue Jays number 9 moment of the 2010s

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The winner of the number 8 moment of the teens was, likely, the most purely fun moment on the list: Munenori Kawasaki’s game winning double and “I am Janpanese” post-game interview.

Kawasaki reminded us that the game was entertainment. He was fun. The running on the spot off first base. The dancing. And the great quotes: “Monkeys don’t get cramps” was a favorite of mine (a few years ago we were on holiday in Costa Rica a guide told us that...

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Sunday Bantering: Kluber to Rangers

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I wish it was the Blue Jays, but at least some teams are making news:

The Rangers have traded Delino DeShields, Jr. and reliever Emmanuel Chase to Cleveland for Corey Kluber. There may be more (there almost has to be more) going to Cleveland in this deal.

Kluber missed most of 2019 with injuries, but has been an ace type pitcher for the five seasons before that. He turns 34 early in the 2020 season, so there is some risk for the Rangers. He’s due $17.5...

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Have Blue Jays Shot Themselves in the Foot?

  The way the Blue Jays’ offseason had gone, one has to wonder if they’ve created problems for themselves         The Toronto Blue Jays have told anyone who will listen that they are being aggressive in their attempts to improve upon their 95 losses in 2019. With several needs, including rebuilding their […] The post Have Blue Jays Shot Themselves in the Foot? appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Today in Blue Jays history: The Roy Halladay trade

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Ten years ago today (time flies), Alex Anthopoulos traded Roy Halladay to the Phillies for Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor and Travis d’Arnaud.

It was a long day with a ton of rumors.

At first, we thought it was a 3-way deal, with Doc going to Philadelphia, Cliff Lee going to Seattle and the Jays getting Phil Aumont (we signed him to a minor league contract a few days ago) and Dominic Brown (remember how much we wanted him?).

Soon after, more rumors,...

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Poll Time: Vote for the Blue Jays number 8 moment of the 2010s

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Our number 7 moment is one of those games I’ll never forget. I think it is the best pitched game I’ve ever seen. There’s been a couple of perfect games and a few no-hitters, but this game was at least as good as any of those.

It was am amazing start, Bradon Morrow struck out 17 (1 shy of the Blue Jays franchise record, owned by Roger Clemens) and walked just 2. He faced four batters above the minimum. And, from the recap, his 100 Game Score tied...

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What should the inverse name be for the Toronto Blue Jays?

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Inspired by the popular Reddit post, let’s think of a better opposite name for the Blue Jays

Now that the Winter Meetings are over, baseball news should be slowing down for a while, giving fans the opportunity to have some fun thinking about things like the inverse names of baseball teams. Yesterday, a Reddit user named AmericanCataphract posted “Franchise...

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Rule 5 Draft recap: Jays lose Dany Jimenez, three others in minor league phase

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Add Hobie Harris in minor league phase

In the end, the 2019 Rule 5 Draft ended up far more sizzle than substance. Despite expectations of increased activity with many rebuilding teams and a 26-man roster in 2020, there in fact ended up being just 11 picks, representing a six year low.

For the second straight year, the Blue Jays ended up among the eight teams to lose a player, as also for the second straight year San Francisco grabbed a reliever who finished...

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2019 Rule 5 Draft Preview and Open Thread

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Voters in the UK might be determining their future relationship with Europe today, but something far more consequential is happening in San Diego

The 2019 Winter Meetings wrap up today with the annual Rule 5 Draft. Once a solid source of talent, changes in the 2006 Collective Agreement that allowed teams an extra year before their prospects were eligible have reduced the chance of finding high impact players. But once in a while, you get a surprise like Elvis...

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Tanner Roark: New Blue Jay had a better 2019 than it seems

  The Toronto Blue Jays signed Tanner Roark and there may be more to like about this than first thought         The Blue Jays finally got into the free agent action by signing starting pitcher Tanner Roark to a two-year, $24 million deal. On Monday, I wrote that signing a guy like […] The post Tanner Roark: New Blue Jay had a better 2019 than it seems appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Blue Jays sign Tanner Roark

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The Blue Jays, at long last, have made a free agent signing. Tanner Roark, a RH pitcher is now a Blue Jay. He signed for 2 seasons, at $12 million per.

Tanner played for the Reds and A’s last year, making 31 starts, with a 4.24 ERA. and a 4.67 FIP. In 165.1 innings he allowed 180 hits, 51 walks and 158 strikeouts. He’s made 30 or more starts the last 4 seasons in a row.

He’s 33 now. Spent 6 seasons with the Nationals before being...

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Poll Time: Vote for the Blue Jays number 7 moment of the 2010s

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The winner of the number 6 moment of the 2010s was John McDonald’s Father’s Day home run.

I’m sure you know the back story, John McDonald’s dad was dying of cancer and he told John to hit a home run for after he passed. John wasn’t a home run hitter, he had Just 28 in his career. And, of course, he wasn’t an everyday player, so it might have taken months for him to hit one out.

His first game back after his father’s death and funeral was...

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Happy Birthday Derek Bell

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It’s former Blue Jay Derek Bell’s 51st birthday.

Derek Bell was a 2nd round draft pick for the Blue Jays back in 1987. He moved up the Jays system pretty quickly and made it to the Jays in late June of 1991, played a few games and then was sent back down, then came back out as a September call up. He hit .143/.314/.143.

The next season Derek had the 4th outfielder role. He played in 61 games, hitting .242/.324/.354, with 2...

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Watch: Can the Blue Jays land a big-name arm? | We Need To Talk

With the MLB Winter Meetings in full swing, Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith joins Danielle Michaud to break down the latest on the Blue Jays pitching search, and other news from San Diego.

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Yankees sign Gerrit Cole

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Gerrit Cole has signed with the Yankees. He will be getting $324 million over the next 9 years.

I’m not thrilled that he will be in the AL East for the next 9 years. I was hoping the Dodgers would sign him and then Hyun-Jin Ryu would be available for us. But now I’m expecting Ryu will sign with the Dodgers and we will be on the outside looking in again.

64% of us guessed that Cole would get under $315 million, we were wrong.

It goes seem right...

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Tuesday Bantering: Begging for Jays news

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I really need there to be some news soon. Something. Sign a bat boy. Announce you are going to play half the games in Mexico City. Anything.

J.A. Happ coming back would work for me:

Plenty of National League teams would like J.A. Happ. Toronto has also inquired about yet another Happ term.

— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) December 10, 2019

You want to bet on where Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon end up. Well you can with Bet Online:

How much would...

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Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Smoak 'getting consideration' from Blue Jays

The Blue Jays are weighing a pair of familiar names for their first base/DH vacancy, as Sportsnet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith (Twitter link) reports that Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak are “getting consideration” from the club. The Jays also continue to be “intrigued” by Japanese free agent Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, though it “certainly doesn’t seem like they’re close on anything” with the slugger. A fractured right wrist and a strained oblique limited Encarnacion to only 109...

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Alford, Brito, and Abbadessa

Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of Buffalo’s Anthony Alford and Vancouver’s Ronny Brito and Dominic Abbadessa     OF Anthony Alford B/T: R/R Age: 25   This once highly-touted prospect his second so-so season at Triple-A, along with another season beset with trips to the disabled list. Alford plays […] The post 2019 In the Rearview, Blue Jays: Alford, Brito, and Abbadessa appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Happy Birthday Tony Batista

Former Jay slugger Tony Batista turns 46 today.

In 2.5 seasons Tony hit 80 home runs for us. Batista had one massively great season, hitting 41 homers and 114 RBI in 2000. He hit .263/.307/.519.

2000 was a pretty good season for watching Jays hit home runs. Carlos Degado also had 41 home runs. Brad Fullmer and Jose Cruz hit 32 and 31 home runs respectively. And 3 others (Darrin Fletcher, Shannon Steward and Mondesi) were in the 20’s for home runs.

Batista had one of the stranger batting...

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Stephen Strasburg signs with Nationals

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Stephen Strasburg is going to be making a fair bit of money over the next few years.

Stephen Strasburg’s deal with the Washington Nationals is for seven years and $245 million, a source tells ESPN.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 9, 2019

You know what you can buy for that much money? Well if you were the city of Calgary you could buy half a hockey rink. Or pay for half a hockey rink.

Anyway, it seems like a lot of money for...

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