What might a trade for Jose Ramirez look like?

Jose Ramirez is the best third baseman in baseball.

Since 2016 only Mookie Betts and Mike Trout have been able to produce a higher fWAR. His strikeout rate has averaged only 14.7% in his career while his walk percentage has been at 12.0%. In that same span JRam (great nickname) has put up a 135 wRC+ with his fantastic defence at third. He’s not a free agent until after the 2023 season and he’s on an incredibly cheap deal (12 million dollars in 2022 and 14 million dollars in 2023).
By now you should know just how great of a player Jose Ramirez is. And how much better he will make the Blue Jays. Here we go.
The Cost
The Blue Jays front office is extremely good at evaluating players within their organization. So when trying to figure out who we should give up and who we should hold onto, remember that the situation is in safe hands. Ross Atkins and Co. will not do anything they are not comfortable with. And when the front office is comfortable, you should be comfortable as well.
Let’s look at the major league talent that the Blue Jays have to offer…
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
First up is Lourdes Gurriel …

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Author: Lewis Foster / Blue Jays Nation

Apparently Jack Campbell isn’t on Team USA’s long list for the Olympics

Jack Campbell has been arguably the NHL’s. best goaltender this season.

Yet, if players wind up going to Beijing to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics, Campbell will be watching from home.
Frank Seravalli mentioned on Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Faceoff Show that Campbell wasn’t placed on Team USA’s long list back in October and, as a result, won’t be eligible to represent the United States at the Olympics.
Mike McKenna: “We’re going to take a look at Jack Campbell next. This is a goaltender who’s playing lights out. I think that this guy is absolutely a Vezina candidate this season. He’s been carrying the Maple Leafs, who have been looser defensively than people realize.
They can score like crazy, but you look at Campbell’s numbers, his traditional numbers are fantastic (.937 save percentage), but his goals saved above expected and all of his advanced metrics are in the top three in the league.
Yet, he wasn’t on Team USA’s long list for the Olympics when it was turned into the International Olympic Committee back on October 15. What’s going on here?”
Frank Seravalli: “That’s the nugget right there. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

News from the Rink: Leafs playing for injured teammates in matchup vs. Lightning

It’s a battle between two of the best teams in the NHL tonight as the Leafs take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Both teams have been extremely hot as of late. The Lightning has won 14 of their last 19 games, and Toronto has only lost three times in regulation through their last 20 games.
The Leafs, though, have been the better team this season, sitting atop the NHL standings, but Tampa is breathing down their neck.
Games like these are always huge for both teams because it’s like a measuring stick game. As much as you see how good each team is doing, these games are nice comparables to how close each team is to each other.
Tampa is without two critical players in Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point. The Lightning is still a difficult team to play against with those two players out, though.
Steven Stamkos has been Tampa’s most dangerous player, and he’s been averaging a point-per-game in his last 10. You can’t forget about Victor Hedman, who’s averaging more than a point-per-game this season.
Those two are key players to watch out for, but you can never forget about Andrei Vasilevskiy. The 27-year-old has 13 …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Are you the 2021 FanSided Sports Fan of the Year?

Are you the 2021 FanSided Sports Fan of the Year?

Are you the best sports fan in the country? Prove it! FanSided is searching for our Fan of the Year and we’re giving away awesome prizes. We’re all fans of something. Here at FanSided, that fan spirit is what brings us to work every day, working to connect your fan communities with the stories that […]
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Author: Ian Levy / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Projecting Chris Boucher’s stats without Pascal Siakam

Raptors: Projecting Chris Boucher’s stats without Pascal Siakam

The Toronto Raptors were able to deploy one of the best power forward combinations in the NBA frequently last season, as the scoring skill of Pascal Siakam and the two-way excellence of Chris Boucher off of the bench made for a hellacious tandem that guided the Raptors to a large chunk of their victories. Boucher […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 goals for Nick Nurse ahead of 2021-22 season

Toronto Raptors: 3 goals for Nick Nurse ahead of 2021-22 season

The Toronto Raptors have one of the absolute best head coaches in the sport in Nick Nurse, as the replacement for Dwane Casey led the franchise to their first-ever NBA championship in his debut season at the help while helping them take home 53 victories and the East’s No. 2 seed in his second campaign. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Even Before It’s Over, the Lessons From This Blue Jays Season Are Clear

Somehow, despite trying their best worst over the past two weeks, the Blue Jays are still in the playoff race. Entering Monday’s games, they are 5.5 games back of the 2nd wild card spot. Normally that might seem insurmountable with only one month of games remaining, but due to some lucky scheduling, it appears it might not be impossible to overcome with some well-timed wins and fortuitous opponent losses in the next stretch of games. 

Even so, it’s clear to anybody who has watched even a handful of Toronto’s games that there is no need for them to be in this place right now. Their run differential is so much better than those of their wild card competition because, in truth, this Blue Jays team is one of the most talented teams in baseball, yet also one with glaring holes. They’ve outscored their opponents by 114 runs. Clearly this team should have more wins. Yet, they don’t, and even if they manage to sneak into the playoffs in September, it’ll be in spite of a few factors that I believe are easily correctable over the off-season. 
The aforementioned glaring holes are actually a blessing in disguise. …

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Author: Gideon Turk / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 2021-22 season will define Pascal Siakam

Toronto Raptors: 2021-22 season will define Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam is the best player on the Toronto Raptors. He’s the team’s most decorated player, their sole All-Star, team leader in scoring, an MIP, and an NBA Champion. The numbers, the eye test, and the accolades all point to Siakam being the face of this franchise. Why has there been so much pushback from […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Where does OG Anunoby rank among East small forwards?

Raptors: Where does OG Anunoby rank among East small forwards?

The Toronto Raptors are lucky to be in possession of one of the absolute best small forwards in the game in OG Anunoby, as his blend of expert spot-up shooting, elite defense at multiple positions, and improving shot creation has made him an indispensable part of the future in Toronto. Anunoby averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays need to capitalize on the struggling Red Sox this weekend

The Blue Jays are playing their best baseball of the season, the Red Sox are playing their worst baseball of the season. This has the potential to be a big weekend.

Since beating the Red Sox by a score of 13-1 at Fenway last Thursday, Boston was swept in a three-game set by the Tampa Bay Rays at The Trop and then they went ahead and lost two of three to the lowly Tigers in Detroit. The Red Sox are now behind the Rays in the American League East standings and both the Blue Jays and Yankees are gaining on them quickly.
As Alex Cora said on Thursday, nothing is going right for Boston right now, quite the change of scenery for a team that’s managed to bullshit their way through the entire season without much adversity…
“I can put it plain and simple for everybody. I don’t think you guys have to ask many questions today,” Cora told reporters after Thursday’s loss. “We didn’t pitch, we didn’t play good defense, we didn’t hit. It wasn’t a good effort today. Where we’re at right now, we gotta get better and that’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation