Saturday, January 9, 2016

Can the Jays afford losing Revere ?

Let's look at this trade.

The Jays lost a very effective lead-off left handed batter with speed. The question is, do the they have someone who can fill this role with the current roster ? 

Michael Saunders seems like the go to guy. When healthy, he has the speed to play left field and can steal bases.....when healthy. The big question is...will he be ?

Or, is Toronto still looking for a lead-off hitter. Alex Gordon would have been perfect...just saying...but the Royals grabbed him back.

What about the other side of this trade, Drew Storen. He's a right-hander and was closing for the Nats before Papelbon was brought on board. Storen has amassed a record of 95 saves and posted a 3.02 ERA over 334 innings since 2010 with Washington. Pretty good numbers, I must say. He won't likely become the Jays closer unless Roberto Osuna loses his edge but will likely become the late inning go to guy.

This might open up Aaron Sanchez for the rotation.

Please let me know if you agree or not...

Friday, January 8, 2016

Revere to Nats for Drew Storen

TORONTO - Blue Jays have acquired right-handed reliever Drew Storen from the Washington Nationals in exchange for Ben Revere.

MLB Hall of Fame ushers in 2 new members

NEW YORK - The votes are in and counted,

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza have been elected to join Major League Basebell's Hall of Fame.

Griffey Jr. will go in as a Seattle Mariner and Piazza, a New York Met.

Griffey Jr. was named on 99% of the ballots and Piazza on 83%.

In eight years for the Mets, Piazza batted .296 and hit 220 home runs.

Griffey Jr. spent 13 of his 23 years in Seattle,  where he hit 417 of his 630 homers (sixth all-time) and batted .292.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Denard Span to San Fran

SAN FRANCISCO - Denard Span will be playing left field for the San Francisco Giants in 2016.

Span has signed a 3-year $31M contract with bonuses.

Happy Bobblehead Day !

Happy National Bobblehead Day all you anxious Blue Jay fans !

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

'Doc' Halladay on HOF candidates

Roy Halladay has chimed in on whether Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens should be eligible for MLB Hall of Fame.

Halladay via Twitter, "When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly! Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!"

Jays hire first ever Director of High Performance

TORONTO - Angus Mugford was hired in December as the Blue Jays first ever "Director of High Performance"

What is that exactly ?

Mugford will focus on the mental aspect of the game with the players, helping them cope with ups and downs of playing baseball at a professional level.

A quote by Mark Shapiro explains, "Players are at the center of everything that we are trying to do. So we have a model where every single thing we do revolves around helping those players reach their potential”

Good luck Angus...

Alex Gordon returning to Royals

KANSAS CITY - Reportedly, Alex Gordon has signed a multi-year deal to come back to the Kansas City Royals pending a physical.

The 4-year contract is for $74M.

Blue Jays 2015 Moment

Just in case you were on another planet when this happened !

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Alex Anthopoulos to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - Unconfirmed reports suggest that Alex Anthopoulos will be working for the LA Dodgers in 2016.

The Dodgers have yet to make it official but Anthopoulos had stated later in 2015 that he was fielding offers for his next job.

Jays Acquire Arnold Leon from Athletics

TORONTO - Right-handed relief pitcher Arnold Leon has been acquired from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Leon  went 0-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 19 relief appearances in 2015.

Less than 15 Days until Spring Training !!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Jays kicking Gallardo tires

Reportedly, the Toronto Blue Jays have been talking to right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo.

Gallardo was a starter for Texas last season but has spent the bulk of his career in Milwaukee.

He went 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA over 33 starts in 2015 and would fit into the Jays rotation well.

Birthday Boy Kevin Pillar

 Happy Birthday Kevin Pillar !