A Marner bridge deal to make us all happy

The restricted free agent dominoes haven’t quite started to fall just yet, but with the signing of Blue Jackets’ defenceman Zach Werenski this morning, the talk of comparable value is sure to take off again for the next couple days, especially with training camps opening this week. Given Werenski is a blue-liner, his signing doesn’t do much to move the needle on Mitch Marner and other big name forwards like Point, Rantanen, and Tkachuk, but the structure – a three year bridge that averages out to $5-million annually – can give us some inspiration for a Marner deal if he chooses to go short term.

#CBJ have agreed to terms with RFA D Zach Werenski on a three-year, $15 million contract, as first reported by @KevinWeekes.
Deal should be official later today.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) September 9, 2019

Werenski’s contract shakes out like this: $4-million in year one, $4-million in year two, and a jump to $7-million in year three. Now at first glance this goes against what we’re used to seeing with front-loaded contracts where as much money is dished out early as possible. But in a bridge contract where Werenski will still be an RFA in three years, it …

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Toronto Raptors: Three restricted free agents for fans to keep an eye on this season

The 2020 free agent class doesn’t feature any marquee names. But there are a few players that the Toronto Raptors should be monitoring in case they become available next summer. This is a transition year for the Toronto Raptors. Masai Ujiri is on record stating that he won’t trade any of his veteran players before […]
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Author: Mark Birdsell / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays trade David Phelps to Cubs

Signed as a free agent this winter, pitcher David Phelps is heading to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor-league pitcher Thomas Hatch.

#BlueJays are acquiring Thomas Hatch from #Cubs for David Phelps, per industry source
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) July 30, 2019

Phelps, 32, was a buy-low candidate for the Blue Jays after he had to get Tommy John surgery last year and last pitched in the majors for the 2017 Mariners. He made his return to the big leagues in mid-June for the Jays and was steady in the bullpen since then.
Through 17 games and 17 and 1/3 innings pitched, Phelps struck-out 18 but walked a total of seven batters, the former Yankees draft pick also allowed a total of three home runs in that short amount of time. He had a 3.63 ERA for Toronto.
The player the Blue Jays are getting back in this swap is 24-year-old starter Thomas Hatch. Currently in Double-A, the righty has made a total of 21 starts for an even 100 innings. In those innings, Hatch has a total of 93 strikeouts and 37 walks and has a total of 51 earned runs, for a 4.59 ERA.

Hatch holds consistent FB velo, with a 2S in low-90s and 4S in 92-94 range as a SP …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Should the Toronto Raptors give Jeremy Lin a proper send-off?

Jeremy Lin remains an active free agent but is not generating much buzz. Yet, the Toronto Raptors should consider re-signing Lin and give him the send-off that he deserves. When the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in six games back in June, many players had finally earned the permanent prefix “NBA Champion” across […]
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Author: Andrew Hughes / Raptors HQ