BJN Radio – Ep. 34: Recapping an incredible weekend at The Dome

The Blue Jays’ homecoming couldn’t have gone better.

After nearly two years away from Toronto, the Blue Jays returned home and treated the fans to an absolute ass-kicking of the Kansas City Royals. Not only had the team been away for a long time, but this weekend’s games featured the first playoff atmosphere at the Rogers Centre since the 2016 American League Championship Series against Cleveland. What a blast.
With Tyler still lost in the woods, I had Paul Berthelot join to talk about all of the good vibes from the weekend. We talked about George Springer really establishing the whole “George Springer is a Blue Jay” thing with a huge weekend, Alek Manoah rising to the occasion and having an amazing start, and Jose Berrios putting together an excellent debut. We also talked about our thoughts on the Berrios trade and why it was a worthwhile move for the front office to make, despite the huge cost.
Finally, I drew about as many comparisons as I could to the 2015 team because, seriously, the patterns are getting ridiculous.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays have reportedly acquired Jose Berrios from the Twins

THINGS ARE HAPPENING!!! AHHHHHHHH!

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays have acquired right-handed starting pitcher Jose Berrios from the Minnesota Twins…

Berríos to Blue Jays, source tells @TheAthletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2021

Berrios is a two-time All-Star and has been Minnesota’s top starter over the past few years. This season, he’s made 20 starts, has tossed 121 2/3 innings, has a 3.48 ERA, and is striking out 9.3 batters per nine while walking 2.4 per nine. He’s also under control for one more season before he can hit free agency.
It looks like Simeon Woods Richardson, the high-upside arm that Toronto acquired a couple of years ago in the Marcus Stroman trade, is going back to Minnesota…

Simeon Woods-Richardson is part of the deal going to Twins, source says.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2021

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays have acquired pitcher Brad Hand from the Nationals in exchange for Riley Adams

The Blue Jays’ bullpen certainly needed a Hand. HEYYYYOOOOO!

According to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post, the Blue Jays have acquired left-handed reliever Brad Hand from the Washington Nationals. Apparently, it’ll be catcher Riley Adams going back to Washington in exchange…

Source: The Nationals have traction on a deal that will send Brad Hand to the Blue Jays.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) July 29, 2021

The Blue Jays are acquiring LHP Brad Hand from the Nationals for Triple-A C Riley Adams, per source. @dougherty_jesse was first with the news.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 29, 2021

Hand originally came up with the Florida/Miami Marlins as a starting pitcher but converted into a bullpen role after being selected by the San Diego Padres off of waivers.
In 2016, Hand broke out as a very effective bullpen arm, leading baseball in appearances and posting a 2.92 ERA. He then made back-to-back All-Star appearances in 2017 and 2018 and was traded to Cleveland along with Adam Cimber in exchange for Francisco Mejia.
In 2020, Hand had an excellent season with Cleveland, posting a 2.05 ERA over 23 appearances and led baseball with 16 saves. He struck out 11.9 batters per nine and walked just 1.6 per nine. Despite that, Cleveland didn’t pick up …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays have apparently had trade talks about Joey Gallo and Richard Rodriguez

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Blue Jays’ return to Toronto was accentuated by a big pre-trade deadline splash?

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is on Friday at 4 p.m. ET, just three hours before the team hosts the Kansas City Royals for their first game at Rogers Centre in nearly two years.
The Blue Jays are 10.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox for the American League East, so it’s safe to say that unless they go ahead and win their next three games, they’re probably out of that race. But they’re very much so still alive in the wild-card race, as they’re four-and-a-half back of the Oakland A’s for the fifth and final playoff spot in the AL.
As I said yesterday, I don’t think the Blue Jays are in a spot to go all-in and acquire a bunch of rentals for a big World Series push. Instead, they’re best off looking for deals that can not only help them make a playoff push this year, but also in the future.
Based on today’s reports, it seems that’s the plan.
According to Jon Morosi and others, the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

BJN. Radio Ep. 32: An up-and-down weekend with the Mets, a new-look lineup, refuting the idea of being sellers, and more!

What a rollercoaster that was.

The Blue Jays, fresh off of an ugly two-game set with the Red Sox badly in need of some wins, rolled into Flushing to face the Mets. They got shut down on Friday, exploded on Saturday, and then lost a heartbreaker on Sunday. One step forward, two steps back.
Me and BK talked about the team’s new lineup composition, why it’s ideal to have Bo Bichette in the four-hole, Hyun Jin Ryu’s tough start, Ross Stripling’s bounce-back, and Alejandro Kirk’s return to the lineup. We also waved goodbye to T.J. Zeuch, who we fear might become the next Chris Carpenter in St. Louis, and then talked about how the Blue Jays should approach the trade deadline.
There are many suggestions out there suggesting this team should sell, but we explained why that’s a bad idea.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Deadline Primer: Position Players

The Toronto Blue Jays boast one of the most fearsome offences in baseball. There aren’t going to be many opportunities to upgrade that makes enough sense to give up assets, but for the fun of it, we’ll look at some potential options for deadline targets in the field.

Reasonable Targets
Yan Gomes – C – Washington Nationals
Gomes made his major league debut with The Blue Jays in 2012 and was dealt to The Cleveland Indians for Esmil Rogers in one of the more scrutinized trades in recent memory. He’s an above-average bat with great game calling and receiving skills, putting together in one package the things that the Jays currently have spread out across 3 catchers. The acquisition cost should be low enough, and the residual impact he could have on not only the club’s offensive output, but the entire pitching staff could be well worth the loss of either, or maybe both of, Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire.
Trey Mancini  – OF/1B – Baltimore Orioles
The Blue Jays are loaded in the outfield with a rotation of four everyday guys patroling the grass, and another serviceable bat and glove in Corey Dickerson on the way. Mancini hasn’t had …

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Author: DeuceDoucette / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 31: Maybe they aren’t the Fraud Sox after all?

That was ugly!

The Blue Jays got smashed on Monday, rained out on Tuesday, and then they lost an incredibly frustrating game on Wednesday against a struggling starter with their ace on the mound. Oof.
With Tyler on vacation, me and BK talked about the Red Sox series, why they might not actually be frauds, especially with Chris Sale nearing a return and killing it early on in his rehab assignment.
We also talked about a whole bunch of different stuff from this week, like the T.J. Zeuch era coming to an end, Nate Pearson going to the bullpen, and what we can expect from the trade deadline given Ross Atkins’ comments about how the starting pitching market is thin right now.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Who Are The Untouchable Prospects?

As the trade deadline looms large, the Toronto Blue Jays are on the cusp of a wildcard position with a fleeting chance of winning the AL East. This means that the Jays will be looking to add MLB players to their roster and as they have a surplus of prospects, so much so that Fangraphs ranks them second in the best farm systems. So with this article, I’ll give you my list of untouchables and the higher prospects who could be on the move.

A small disclaimer here, I actually don’t believe any of the Jays top prospects will be traded this deadline. If we’ve learned anything, they’ve made deals that usually surprise us, like the Liriano trade back in 2016. I could be wrong, but I think at most they trade only one top prospect.
The Untouchables
There is a difference between prospect hugging and holding onto players that have the potential to be all-stars, if not superstars. Prospect hugging means that you hold on to most of your prospects instead of trying to make your team better for the time being. There are a few prospects in the Jays’ system that could be the next …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays sign high school pitcher Irv Carter with a $850,000 signing bonus

The Blue Jays have signed another one of their top picks from the 2021 draft.

A few days after reaching a deal with first-round pick Gunnar Hoglund, the Blue Jays have come to terms with fifth-round pick Irv Carter on a deal with a signing bonus of $850k.

5th-rder Irv Carter signs w/@BlueJays for $850k (slot 152 value = $350,300). Thinking that will be their 2nd-highest bonus. Florida HS RHP, projectable 6-ft-4, already up to 94 mph with more to come, promising slider. Miami recruit. @MLBDraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 19, 2021

Unsurprisingly, Carter earned a much higher signing bonus than his recommended slot value of $350,300. He was one of the top pitching recruits out of high school in Florida and had committed to play for the University of Miami Hurricanes.
But, based on his reaction to being selected by the Blue Jays, it isn’t all that surprising he signed…

Calvary Christian pitcher Irv Carter and his draft party react to being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays. @Irvcarter42 @BlueJays pic.twitter.com/Ml87c32uaY
— Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) July 12, 2021

Here’s what MLB Pipeline says about him…
Teams that have to play Calvary Christian Academy in Florida might think they’d be lucky if …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 30: The brooms come out against the Rangers, the Blue Jays are come back to Toronto, and more!

The Blue Jays and kicking the crap out of the Texas Rangers — name a more iconic duo.

We learned on Friday that the Blue Jays are FINALLY coming home on July 30! The team seemed to be charged up by that so they went ahead and pounded the Rangers by a score of 10-2, powered by perhaps Vladdy’s biggest homer of the season. The game on Saturday was rained out, which led to a doubleheader sweep on Sunday by scores of 10-0 and 5-0. All told, the Blue Jays outscored Texas 25-2 over the weekend. You love to see it.
We talked about the good stuff from the series, which was literally everything, and then we talked about how good the vibes are going to be on July 30. I also made a bold prediction about who’s going to be taking the mound for The Return.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation