Apparently the Blue Jays are one of the teams who has offered Ha-Seong Kim a multi-year contract

If we’re going to get a last-minute signing before 2020 comes to a close, it’s more than likely going to be Ha-Seong Kim.

Kim, a star from the Korean Baseball Organization, was officially posted by the Kiwoom Heroes back in early-December. Given the 30-day window for contract negotiations expires on Jan. 1, Kim will soon have to come to terms with a Major League club if he wants to make the trek overseas for the 2021 season.
According to Daniel Kim, ESPN’s KBO insider, there are multiple teams who have offered Kim a contract, and the Blue Jays are apparently one of them…

Sources – #BlueJays are one of the teams that offered multi-year contract to Ha-seong Kim. Said to be 5 years or more. Kim’s posting ends on Jan 1. #mlb #kbo
— Daniel Kim 대니얼 김 (@DanielKimW) December 28, 2020

Along with the Blue Jays, we’ve heard that the Mets (of course), Rangers, Red Sox, Cardinals, and Padres are interested in signing Kim.
I wrote about Kim a few months ago when his name first surfaced on the international free-agent market as a possibility for the Blue Jays. I thought he made quite a bit of sense because …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays release 12 minor leaguers and Walker Lockett signs in Korea

The Walker Lockett era in Toronto is over before it began.

The Blue Jays claimed the righty off of waivers from the Seattle Mariners earlier this month ahead of the Rule 5 Draft but it looks like he’ll never pitch for the club. Lockett has reportedly inked a deal with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Several media outlets in Korea are reporting that @walker_lockett is close to signing a new contract w/ #DoosanBears. Since Lockett is on #BlueJays 40 man roster, buy-out needs to be worked out between the Bears and @BlueJays. More to come. #KBO
— Daniel Kim 대니얼 김 (@DanielKimW) December 21, 2020

Lockett has had a wild few months. He was claimed by the Mariners from the Mets in September and then he was claimed by the Blue Jays in December and now he’s off to Korea.
At best, Lockett was going to be organizational pitching depth for the Jays, so this isn’t much of a loss, and it’ll open up a spot on the 40-man roster that the team will need when (if???) they sign a free agent.
Elsewhere, according to a minor-league transactions post from Baseball America, the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

What would a Francisco Lindor trade realistically look like? Is it worth it for the Blue Jays?

Francisco Lindor is going to be traded before the start of the 2021 season.

This obviously isn’t a surprise. Cleveland, a notoriously cheap baseball franchise at the best of times, was never going to hand Lindor the over $300 million contract it would take to keep him around long-term.
After losing a season of ticket revenue, any faint chance of offering Lindor a contract has gone out the window. I mean, back in October, Lindor literally laughed at the idea of Cleveland offering him a big contract, so it was pretty obvious he had played his last game for the organization at that point.
Anyways, according to Bob Nightengale, Cleveland has informed other teams around the league that they intend to trade their All-Star shortstop ahead of the 2021 season…

Cleveland, strapped for money, intend to trade All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor by opening day, several rival teams have been informed. Lindor earned $17.5 million last season and is projected to earn about $21 million in salary arbitration in his final year before free agency
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 5, 2020

If times were normal, we might see Cleveland go into the season with Lindor on the team and try to get a massive haul for him …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Pick swaps in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft

In anticipation of the 2020 draft happening before the resumption of the NHL season, I wrote about ‘The Art of the Swap‘. That is the process of assigning a number value to draft picks, and trading down in order to increase the perceived value.
It surprised me to see that was already 6 months ago, and at the time it would have been even more surprising to know the draft wouldn’t occur until October. Nonetheless, I made a few predictions in that article that I was eager to see play out.
First off was the frequency of swaps. In the 6 previous drafts, there was an average of 7 swaps per draft. In 2020 there was a total of 11, including 5 swaps in the first 2 rounds. This falls just short of the 2019 high of 12, but still continues the upwards trend.
I also made the point that more swaps means more precedence, so as time goes on we should expect the surplus value to trend towards 0. That appears to be the case:

I really like this chart, but it can be hard to read. Each bar represents one draft day swap, and the height is the value of the trade down picks minus the value of …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

The Rangers’ reported asking price for Lance Lynn was ridiculously high

A couple of days before Monday’s trade deadline, it was reported that the Blue Jays were one of a handful of teams interested in Texas Rangers’ ace Lance Lynn.

Lynn would have made all kinds of sense for the Jays, given the fact that beyond pitching very well this season, he’s also under control at a reasonable price for next year.
But, the deadline came and went and Lynn remained in Texas. The Jays, as we know, ended up acquiring a handful of players, Robbie Ray from Arizona, Ross Stripling from Los Angeles, and Jonathan Villar from Miami, but didn’t pull the trigger on a deal for a top-of-the-rotation guy like Lynn.
Given the reported ask the Rangers had for their ace’s services… I can see why.
According to David O’Brien, an Atlanta Braves reporter for The Athletic, Texas was seeking either Cristian Pache or Drew Waters, who rank as the organization’s top two prospects. Even the gun-slinging Alex Anthopolous, a guy who, as we know, isn’t afraid to make a big trade, backed off.

#Braves were talking to the Rangers right up until …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays have acquired Taijuan Walker from the Mariners

There are still a few days left before the trade deadline, but the Blue Jays have already found a starting pitcher upgrade.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Jays have acquired Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners.

The Blue Jays have acquired Taijuan Walker from the Mariners, source tells The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 27, 2020


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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Everything Leafs Podcast: The TOR vs CLB series preview

There’s only one week left before the beginning of the Leafs vs Blue Jackets. With that, Kevin Papetti and I break down the various aspects that will play a part in the outcome of this play-in series.
In addition, both Kevin and I wrote series previews on this matchup. Kevin’s can be found here. Mine can be found here.
Below, you can find the full itinerary for this episode.
0:50 Thoughts on Robertson and the lineup
3:30 General thoughts on the Blue Jackets
9:00 Comparing this Columbus roster to the 2018-2019 Blue Jackets
13:15 Similarities and Differences between Boston and Columbus
19:00 Looking at the most recent Leafs lines
26:03 Looking at Columbus’ lines
35:50 Final thoughts on the Leafs-Blue Jackets series
40:40 Predictions on the other play-in matchups
Where Can You Listen:


Apple Podcasts:
You can find us on twitter at:
Nick DeSouza: @NickDeSouza_
Kevin Papetti: @KPapetti

Stay safe and thanks for listening!

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: The Kyle Lowry Story (The Disruptor)

Kyle Lowry took some time before he became the “Kyle Lowry.” Before his time with the Toronto Raptors, he was labeled a trouble maker and was never a consistent starting Point Guard. His road to stardom was an unconventional one, but still a good one to read nonetheless. To say Kyle Lowry’s road to stardom […]
Toronto Raptors: The Kyle Lowry Story (The Disruptor) – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

What does 2019 tell us about the Blue Jays chances in Weird Year?

Before I get into this I’m going to put the disclaimer right at the top: I have deep and unrelenting reservations about the wisdom of even trying to play baseball this year, this is not me endorsing the idea. But they seem determined to and given that circumstance, I confess to having a bit of a fetish for the sort of speculation which follows, which is this: What can we learn from 2019 as we attempt to forecast how the Blue Jays might fare in this bizarre short season?
Admittedly, all of this is highly speculative, given that they do not operate in a vacuum (i.e. how other teams have changed affects how competitive they are relative to the Jays in any given game) and given that no player simply reproduces the same level of production year over year. But the temptation to try and read the tea leaves is irresistible so I’m gonna do it.
One more small disclaimer. This must be considered at least in passing:

Passan notes on Writers Bloc that if the Blue Jays hold Nate Pearson down for 7 days, then they’ll get an extra year of control. HAVE AT IT TWITTER.
& …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Alex Anthopolous discusses the Troy Tulowitzki trade, Jose Reyes being a sunk cost, and intangibles

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — 2015 content doesn’t get old.
Scott MacArthur had Alex Anthopolous on his Morning Drive show on Thursday to re-live the earth-shattering acquisition of Troy Tulowitzki that he made ahead of the 2015 trade deadline. A handful of interesting things come up here, especially around just how poorly the organization viewed Jose Reyes’ ability as a player at the time and how highly AA has come to view intangibles in players.

On Jose Reyes being a sunk cost…
We had gotten to the point where, for us, Reyes had become a sunk cost. It was to the point where we felt it wasn’t going to be an option for us to continue to play him at shortstop. And that was going to be an issue, he was very well-liked in the clubhouse, putting him on the bench was not going to be an option.
We had him through 2017, and I believe off the top of my head, Tulo had a total of five years left, Reyes had a total of two years left. But looking at Reyes as a sunk cost, we had …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation