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Updated: 2017-07-23T18:14:17-04:00

 



Blue Jays trade for Nick Tepesch

2017-07-23T18:14:17-04:00

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The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations, reports Twins beat guy Mike Berardino.



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Yet another bad loss, Jay get thumped in Cleveland

2017-07-21T23:07:40-04:00

Blue Jays 3 Cleveland 13 or so I’m guessing that we lead the league in games lost my more than a touchdown. The first 4 innings were fun. Mid-way through the 5th we were up 3-0, having ‘manufactured’ a run in each of the first, second and fifth innings. Bottom of the fifth the wheels fell off. Through 4 innings Marco Estrada allowed 3 hits and 1 walk. He looked good, in control like he had figured things out. The fifth inning went: Triple, walk, single, strikeout (yay), walk, ground out (yay), double (by Edwin) and that was it for Estrada. 4 runs scored in the inning. Aaron Loup came in and pitched good, 1 hit, 1 earned, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts. Jean or Jeff or Jake or Jordan (who cares, after tonight we likely won’t see him again for a long time) Beliveau came in and gave up 6 earned, without getting an out. Cesar Valdez finished out the game, but, by then, no one was watching. Good news? Well, we played decent defense, no errors tonight, and made some nice plays. There was a great relay from Pillar to Tulo to Martin to throw Edwin out at the plate, back in the fourth inning, when it still mattered. We had 4 innings where we had a leadoff double. Two of them scored. We had 9 hits in all. Of the starters, only Russell Martin (0 for 4) and Kevin Pillar (0 for 4, only 6 pitches total in those 4 at bats, though he did make some good contact). And we had 5 doubles, 1 each from Bautista, Carrera, Tulo, Smoak and Goins. Ryan had a good day, 1 for 3 with a sac fly and a double. Just to twist the knife in our backs, Edwin Encarnacion was 3 for 4 with a home run and a double and 4 RBI. Jay of the Day: Smoak had the number, .137 WPA, though I don’t think anyone deserved a JoD in that mess. Suckage: Estrada (-.381), Beliveau (-.111), Martin (-.116), Pillar (-.114) and Goins (-.108, which doesn’t seem fair really, let’s not give him the ‘award’). We had 691 comments in the GameThread, almost one comment for every Cleveland run. Belisarius let the way. Great job. # Commenter # Comments 1 Belisarius 77 2 FlipDown Shades 68 3 Alan F. 62 4 delv213 58 5 DangYouToHeck 57 6 Tom Dakers 56 7 spockster 53 8 lalalaprise 48 9 kateincali 39 10 fishedin 36 11 DarkbluePorsche 29 12 Matt W 21 13 frankie thebulldog 20 14 ewank 12 15 yyzcalifornia 12 [...]



MLB Trade Rumors: Bautista, Estrada

2017-07-21T12:46:54-04:00

So it is that team of year when trade rumors are all over place. I woke up to this one: Jerry Crasnick, from ESPN is reporting there is interest in Jose Bautista. He doesn’t suggest what team or teams are interested or if the Jays are talking. Nor does he suggest if Jose has told the team he would accept any trade, as he has 10 and 5 rights. He has what’s left on a $17 million contract for this year and a mutual option for next year (but I think we can pretty much guess that it won’t be picked up). As much as I love watch Jose, if the team can get something that might be of value they really would have to make the deal. And even though he’s been in a slump, Marco Estrada is being mentioned in trade rumors all over the place. I’d imagine, part of it is that they all figure his price is dropping. And some likely have some idea of what they would do to help him find his way back to pitching like he can. If a team trades for him, it will be one that is on the edge of contention, not a team like the Astros, who are pretty sure to make the playoffs. Marco has said he would like to stay with the Jays and he’s said that he would consider, traded or not, signing with the Jays again, when he’s a free agent after the season. The team’s shopping Estrada, Francisco Liriano and Joe Smith. Beyond that, I have no idea what the team is thinking. You know that some of the younger players would bring a big return. I’m not big on the idea of trading Marcus Stroman or Roberto Osuna, but if someone offered enough, you’d have to consider it. I’d curious to see what sort of deal the Jays could get for Josh Donaldson. Likely we will never know, unless he’s actually traded, but I’d be curious to know if there have been any offers. Next year, when Vlad Guerrero is closer, they might want to actively shop him, and, if he’s hitting more like he should, he might bring better offers. The Score has a list of the “10 most untradeable contracts” and, at the top of the list is Troy Tulowitzki: Since coming to the Blue Jays in 2015, Tulowitzki has consistently failed to meet expectations, even as the bar has been lowered. He's hit .249/.312/.415 over 232 games with Toronto, and both his defensive and baserunning skills have eroded in 2017. It's difficult to imagine any team would want to absorb the injury risk and money. See, the trouble with baseball is that you always want to trade the guys that you can’t find anyone that wants one. You always see people suggesting the team trade all the underperforming players. I kind of consider it the video game syndrome. In video games you can offer a package of bad players, and the computer run team will decide that they add up to one good player. Use the thread to share any rumors that come along. [...]