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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: December 11, 2018, 07:52:42 PM »
As usual its all about what have you done for me lately. Glad Tulo helped the Jays make a couple playoff runs, but this guy is just a broken down shell of his former self now.
I honestly don't care about the $38 M, more happy he is gone and that a spot has opened up for Gurriel Jr./Bichette. I also didn't care much for his latest comments saying he would remain a starting shortstop, despite the fact he can't stay healthy...go do it somewhere else then.  ::)
In some ways its like how Donaldson was moved to make way for Vlad Jr.
Really looking forward to seeing the left side of the infield next season!

To answer your question Frank, its all about breaking up that infield log jam. The Jays just don't have the roster space, had 39 of the 40 spots filled prior to this move. Diaz got dealt, Solarte was non-tendered and now Tulo has been released. The Jays needed to flush some of the glut to make way for the young guns. Probably only a matter of time before Travis is gone, likely when Bichette is ready.

Thank you, so if I understand, similar to NHL in terms of roster spot limitations.  Basically just paying a guy full contract value to disappear and make way for new kids.

Is Martin far behind then?

He likely has some form of value either to the team as a player-coach or if the Jays eat salary he is still a capable catcher at a cheaper deal in a trade.

Agreed.
Honestly I'm surprised it wasn't Martin to be moved first given he only has 1 year left on his deal, you can deal him if you eat some of his salary (figure a team like Milwaukee would bite?) and Jansen looks poised to take over the starting duties. Add Maile and McGuire to the mix and it's tough to justify having a $20 million backup catcher (no disrespect to Russ).

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: December 11, 2018, 05:38:24 PM »
As usual its all about what have you done for me lately. Glad Tulo helped the Jays make a couple playoff runs, but this guy is just a broken down shell of his former self now.
I honestly don't care about the $38 M, more happy he is gone and that a spot has opened up for Gurriel Jr./Bichette. I also didn't care much for his latest comments saying he would remain a starting shortstop, despite the fact he can't stay healthy...go do it somewhere else then.  ::)
In some ways its like how Donaldson was moved to make way for Vlad Jr.
Really looking forward to seeing the left side of the infield next season!

To answer your question Frank, its all about breaking up that infield log jam. The Jays just don't have the roster space, had 39 of the 40 spots filled prior to this move. Diaz got dealt, Solarte was non-tendered and now Tulo has been released. The Jays needed to flush some of the glut to make way for the young guns. Probably only a matter of time before Travis is gone, likely when Bichette is ready.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo traded to Vancouver for Michael Carcone
« on: December 03, 2018, 09:47:11 PM »
This move is more about rewarding Leivo for being a good soldier the last couple seasons while freeing up the needed roster spot. You can't blame him for wanting to be moved to a team where he would get more ice time and prevent his NHL career from being further marginalized.
Good on Dubas for accommodating him!
If Leivo hadn't have reached out this summer, it's probably someone like the Goat or Marincin being the odd man out instead.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2018-2019 NFL Thread
« on: November 19, 2018, 11:59:21 PM »
That pick might seal it for the Rams, fun game to watch!

And it's still going. KC will get the ball back.

Until the next pick Mahomes throws!  ;) 
Crazy game, man that was fun!

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2018-2019 NFL Thread
« on: November 19, 2018, 11:51:59 PM »

This Monday nighter might be the best/craziest football game I've ever seen.

Highest scoring MNF game ever, currently 3rd most combined points in NFL history (and counting)!
That pick might seal it for the Rams, fun game to watch!

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: November 19, 2018, 10:32:06 PM »
Had a few Tie Domi flashbacks watching Max dust Orlov tonight!

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: August 31, 2018, 11:35:51 PM »

Granderson to the Brewers now too, apparently.

All the best to the Grandy Man, one of the classiest guys in MLB.
Opens up more playing time for Billy McKinney in the 4th OF spot. He's also a LH bat and has looked good thus far.

Jays get A ball OF Demi Orimoloye from Milwaukee in the deal. Interesting background, born in Nigeria and grew up in the Ottawa area.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: August 31, 2018, 11:29:28 PM »
Ideally the Jays would have traded a healthy Donaldson at the July deadline for a decent return. With that not being an option it was essentially trade him at the August deadline for next to nothing or hold onto him and extend him a qualifying offer for roughly $18 million in the off-season. Management didn't want to risk the qualifying offer because they believe he would have taken it.

Why would that have been bad? In part because it would block Vlad Jr.'s path to the majors. The Jays only need someone to plug in at 3B for a few weeks at the start of next season to avoid burning a year off Vlad Jr.'s contract. They have players on the roster currently to fill that short-term void without bringing Josh back.
Another factor is all the large contracts on the books for next season in Martin, Morales and Tulo. We are already seeing the team have to get creative with Martin because Jansen is ready to be the #1 catcher. This log jam in the infield could potentially affect how quickly guys like Bichette and Biggio reach the majors.

I'm grateful for all that Josh Donaldson did for the Jays, but at the end of the day also looking forward to having the 3B position free for Vlad Jr. to step in. It sounds like things unfortunately soured at the end between Josh and the Jays, but that's likely more to do with him being one of AA's guys and Shapiro and Atkins wanting to take the team in another direction by committing to the rebuild.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:13:18 PM »
Josh Donaldson has been traded to the Indians.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 MLB Thread
« on: August 20, 2018, 08:12:21 PM »
There has been talk the last couple seasons that physical changes to the baseball are causing all these blister issues. Why not go back to the older baseballs and see if there is a drop in pitchers getting blisters?

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: August 19, 2018, 05:26:54 PM »
The writing has been on the wall for months with Gibby. Nothing he has said or hasn't said in the last little while has changed any of that. He is here until the end of the season and then he is gone. The recent report of him staying on until the end of the season isn't too surprising, it's pointless to fire a manager this late in the season and in some ways the team owes him that small favour. Injuries and poor performance have more to do with where this team is than Gibby's managing.

You can tell he's just too tired to care anymore. Pillar should have been riding the pine after his selfish play today, instead he just gets an earful from Gibby and stays in the game. Gibby decides to get himself tossed later to get away from the tire fire.

As for the rebuild its already underway, at least at certain positions. You can already see the start of it with the pitchers and outfield. The infield and DH are a bit tougher with some big contracts still on the books. Donaldson should be gone shortly one way or the other. Morales and Martin have another year and Tulo is just plain immovable.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: August 15, 2018, 12:08:06 AM »
Jansen with his 1st MLB HR and he threw out another would-be base stealer. So far he is as advertised, really fun player to watch.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:26:06 PM »
Jays call up prospects Danny Jansen (catcher) and Sean Reid-Foley (pitcher) in time for Monday's road series against the KC Royals.

To make room on the roster, catcher Russell Martin is slated at third base (in place of the injured Solarte) and Richard Ureña is sent back down.

It doesn't appear that the Jays have any intention of calling up Vladimir Guerrero Jr.


https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/fans-get-wish-blue-jays-begin-promoting-prospects/


https://jaysjournal.com/2018/08/12/blue-jays-pass-opportunity-promote-vladimir-guerrero-jr/

FYI, it was Danny Barnes who was sent down to make room for Reid-Foley NOT Richard Urena.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:22:37 PM »
Reid-Foley starting and Jansen catching tonight. Might have to actually watch this one.

A couple good reasons to watch!

Reid-Foley was up and down, but definitely looked more good than bad. He did a really good job to get out of that bases loaded jam in the 4th by only giving up 1 run.

Jansen was the only Jay with 2 hits tonight, including in his first MLB plate appearance. I was also impressed with his arm, throwing out Herrera (although he might be a bad base stealer 1 SB to 5 CS on the season).


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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: July 30, 2018, 05:26:59 PM »
Jays have cut ties with Roberto Osuna, trading him to Houston for former closer Ken Giles, minor league RHP Hector Perez and minor league RHP David Paulino.

Couple of the Astros better prospects...Perez is in A ball so a few years away, Paulino was highly regarded prior to a PED suspension last year...could be in the Jays rotation mix going forward.

As for Osuna, you never like to lose that type of talent (believe the youngest player to reach 100 saves in MLB history). Innocent until proven guilty right?, but at the end of the day if things didn't go in his favour the Jays would get even less in return (if anything) and there is no way he would have been able to pitch for Toronto again.

Good for the Jays to get what they did under the circumstances.


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