Category Archives: Potential Transactions

How Often Are Top 50 Prospects Traded?

daniel-norris-1024Brandon Decker over at Beyond the Box Score wrote in March about trading top prospects for veteran starting pitchers and deduced that teams tend to over value their prospects when too often they don’t meet expectations. In fact, according to Baseball America which the article quotes, “nearly 70% of top 100 prospects fail, or can be considered busts.” So I undertook the initiative of checking which top prospects indeed were traded for current major league talent and… Continue reading→

Thinking Big To Help The Blue Jays

cueto (2)Grantland’s Jonah Keri wrote today of the Toronto Blue Jays’ season and of them being just two games above .500 despite the league’s best offense, “thank a terrible pitching staff, consisting of a phalanx of mediocre veterans and a bunch of kids who’ve been occasionally good and often terrible.” While that is a pretty honest and accurate description, they have had 19 quality starts out of the last 40 games… Continue reading→

Dodgers & Mets Should Be Trade Partners

jon niese justin turnerIt’s been well documented the needs of the Los Angeles Dodgers – to bolster its starting staff behind Greinke and Kershaw – especially with the news of Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury and to augment their back end rather than relying on Carlos Frias or Mike Bolsinger for the whole season (although they’ve both been very good to this point). They also can’t rely on the continued health of … Continue reading→

Candidates for the Canadian Roster at the Pan-Am Games

Above is that of Maxx Tissenbaum.

Above is that of Maxx Tissenbaum.

Last week, JP Morosi of Fox Sports wrote about the potential American roster for this summer’s Pan-Am Games taking place in Toronto from July 10-26th. The roster is truly stacked – go ahead, and click on the link to have a look. As a result, I thought it would be interesting to delve into who the candidates would be for the Canadian roster. Keep in mind, eligible players must not be on any MLB club’s 40 man roster, and they would also have to receive permission to play in the tournament…Continue reading→

Where will he sign? Takashi Toritani

Takashi-Toritani (2)With Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang being posted and subsequently awarded to the Pirates on Monday, the next international player that might make the move to play in MLB may be Japan’s Takashi Toritani. Toritani, 33 who also bats left handed, has played shortstop for the past 11 seasons in Japan’s Central League for the Hanshin Tigers. This past year, he achieved career highs in batting average (.313) and on-base percentage (.406), but is a career … Continue reading→

Examining the Blue Jays Bullpen

Toronto Blue Jays versus the Boston Red SoxLast Friday in the shocking Brett Lawrie and Josh Donaldson trade, the Blue Jays sent to Oakland two pitching prospects that otherwise would have served as good minor league depth pieces. Gone are Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman, who made their debuts with the Jays, which now forces Toronto to save the depth they currently have on the big league roster. This simply paves the way for Aaron Sanchez, who is too good to waste in Triple A Buffalo, to start the year in the bullpen so that they can maintain spots for J.A. Happ in the rotation and Marco Estrada as the swingman…Continue reading→

Dioner Navarro Wants Out of Toronto

dioner-navarro-mlb-toronto-blue-jays-tampa-bay-raysAccording to Jon Heyman of CBS, Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro wants out as Toronto has opted to sign free-agent catcher Russell Martin to take over the primary catching duties on the Blue Jays’ roster. While Martin is clearly an upgrade, Navarro produced solid results in his first year as full-time catcher since 2009. He started 102 games behind … Continue reading→

Update: I found out from listening to Alex Anthopoulos’ radio interview on TSN that Navarro hasn’t exactly asked for a trade, but that AA himself said he would explore a trade for him to benefit his career and have an opportunity to play everyday, which he wants. Otherwise, Navarro apparently is very understanding of the situation and will still look forward to coming to spring training with Toronto and prepare for the season ahead with the team.

Anthopoulos: Villain or Hero?

There's no telling what Anthopoulos has in the cards.

There’s no telling what Anthopoulos has in the cards.

The Dark Knight – kind of made me think of Alex Anthopoulos over the course of the last week especially when you think about how Batman played the villain, but in actuality was the hidden hero. Anthopoulos is definitely getting villainized right now, rightly so I might add, however there’s no telling what he has in mind. By all accounts, he’s set his targets on some players to trade for or sign via free agency – all of which are up in the air until he can talk to agents following Tuesday’s start to free agency.

Flexibility is one thing that every beat reporter, and Anthopoulos himself, is pointing at as one goal to accomplish this offseason. However, trading Lind away for likely a long reliever is hardly ideal, especially how he’s been an asset the last two years. True, his back has landed him on the DL several times and Anthopoulos has talked about having players who are consistently healthy. It’s too bad his roster doesn’t possess much of those position player types though.

I understand the benefit in dealing Lind frees up occasional DH time for Reyes and any one else who’s hurting or needing rest. With Reyes at DH, one of Encarnacion or Lind would have to sit due to their positional inflexibility. Still, it pangs me to say I wish Reyes was capable of playing his position adequately and the need to spell him at times wasn’t necessary. Then Anthopoulos could have kept his core intact in the middle of the lineup. (Cue pent-up anger).

From a blogger’s perspective, the Orioles and Athletics appear to be two organizations to try and model the Jays after. The A’s utilize platoons that create roster depth and flexibility. The O’s as well had flexibility all over the diamond with good depth too (not mediocre like the Jays seem to have) to cover all their injuries. The thing is though, how many platoons can you reasonably have? As things stand now, the Jays have platoons lined up in LF, CF, 2B, DH or 1B (depending on where Encarnacion plays); that equals too many weak players in my book.

In terms of tradable solutions, I look at the Dodgers who could potentially offer 2B or 3B or RP help via trade in return for a Happ or even Buehrle conceivably. Similarly in Cleveland, there’s talk of moving someone like a Bourn, Kipnis or Chisenhall, so possibilities might pop up there. Pittsburgh too has a logjam at first base where Pedro Alvarez could be available, but I think Toronto now wants to target more contact type players who put the ball in play as opposed to being prone to the dreaded K.

As much as I dislike the Jays picking up Justin Smoak while still keeping Juan Francisco on the roster, the off-season has just begun. Anthopoulos still has time to turn himself from villain to hero.

Blue Jays’ 2015 Budget and Free Agent Targets

anthopoulos1The fact that Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has stated that none of his stars are going anywhere, it gives fans some hope that maybe there’s another kick in the can somewhere with the current core – not without some hopeful roster additions though. But how much money will Anthopoulos have to work with?

Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star accurately surmised that, as of right now, the Jays have will have a 2015 payroll of approximately $127.7 M…Continue reading→

Blue Jays Need Another Right-Handed Bat

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Since June 27th, the second game of a four-game set with the White Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays have faced four lefties (John Danks, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Tommy Milone) and have lost all four games. They’re also set to face Scott Kazmir and Brad Mills (this may change with the big trade) in Oakland, and then at least C.J. Wilson in Anaheim, and David Price in Tampa before the All-Star break…Continue reading→