Toronto Raptors: Free agency rumors surrounding Serge Ibaka

Toronto Raptors: Free agency rumors surrounding Serge Ibaka

Free agency begins in a couple of days for the Toronto Raptors and the NBA. The Raptors have some high profile free-agent decisions to make, and Serge Ibaka is one of them while rumors abound about his status. The Toronto Raptors 2020 off-season choices may be the most consequential decisions the franchise has made in […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

On Pitching Prospect Depth

As the dust begins to settle from the house-clearing trade deadline deals, it fell of course to Ross Atkins to explain, justify, defend, and expand upon his rational for the deals he made. The most prominent theme, apart from how much the team apparently loves the potential of CF Derek Fisher, is their obsession with building out pitching prospect depth and how these moves fit into that. For all the criticism from the peanut gallery, it’s a fair concern.  The most salient feature of pitching prospects as a group is an incredibly high attrition rate.  Consider these highly regarded pitcher prospects heading into the 2011 season:
Drew Hutchinson, Nestor Molina, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Nicolino, Daniel Norris, Aaron Sanchez, Roberto Osuna, Chad Jenkins, Asher Wojceichowski, Sean Nolin – all ranked as top 30 prospects that spring.  Want to roll with a five man rotation from that crew in any year over the last 3-4 seasons?
So it is both true that you need a LOT of guys with MLB potential and that on any list, most if not all of them will fail to live up to anything close to their ceiling. The goal then is to have enough that even if 3/4 fail …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs re-sign Michael Hutchinson to one-year deal

Before the frenzy of free agency begins on Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed one of their acquisitions last season. Retaining the services of goaltender Michael Hutchinson for another season.

#Leafs have extended G Michael Hutchinson to a 1 Year / 1-way contract at $700,000. Hutchinson was set to become a UFA on July 1.
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 28, 2019

Per Cap Friendly, the Leafs have re-signed the 29-year-old netminder for one more year, on a one-way NHL contract at the price of $700,000 — the newly-established minimum.
Acquired mid-season from the Florida Panthers while the Leafs were facing a goaltending crisis at the price of just a fifth-round pick, he quickly established at least some sense of goalie depth.
While he only played a total of five games in the NHL with the Leafs — posting a .914 save percentage — Hutchinson mainly played with the Marlies. A total of 23 appearances in the regular season, he was able to keep. .910 save percentage, while also play in two playoff games.
With this signing, the Leafs have appeared to lock-up their backup position, meaning that Garret Sparks is most likely on his way out. There have been rumours spreading that Dubas and …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Richard Ureña optioned to make room on the 25-man roster for Clay Buchholz

Th Clay Buchholz era begins tomorrow. In order to make room to officially add the veteran starter to the roster, the Blue Jays have reportedly optioned infielder Richard Ureña to Triple-A Buffalo.

#BlueJays optioning INF Richard Urena to AAA to make room for Clay Buchholz tomorrow.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) April 13, 2019

This is a little odd given the fact Ureña was actually hitting. He has a .350/.381/.500 slash line over 23 plate appearances in seven games playing second, third, and short. I mean, it’s a ridiculously small sample size, but Ureña has been doing well at the plate thus far.
The logic here is likely Ureña will benefit more from playing every day in Buffalo while the Jays give newly-acquired Alan Hansen a serious look as the team’s utility infielder. With Hansen on the roster, it was harder to find reps for Ureña.
If Hansen sucks ass and Ureña continues to hit in Triple-A, I’m sure the latter will come back up eventually.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation