If Blue Jays trade Alejandro Kirk, targeting experienced catcher may prove beneficial

Amid another crucial off-season, the Toronto Blue Jays remain extremely deep at the catcher position and whenever this current lockout concludes, the front office could utilize some of that capital to address other glaring needs.
As currently constructed, four catchers (Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire, Alejandro Kirk, Gabriel Moreno) are featured on the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster. Since Moreno is projected to be a future star, it’ll be very important to make sure he’s provided with a clear path to the majors.
But as of now, that doesn’t quite exist inside this organization. In an effort to prevent any logjam from being created, management will likely need to subtract at least one – if not more – of Jansen, McGuire or Kirk in the near future.
Before the transaction freeze commenced, there was plenty of speculation about Toronto utilizing Kirk as a trade chip to acquire either starting pitching or an all-star infielder. Initially, it was believed that the Miami Marlins could serve as a solid trading partner, however, they ended up landing Jacob Stallings from the Pittsburgh Pirates – putting an end to any possible trade discussions.
While the Marlins are no longer in the market for a catcher, there are still a handful of teams that could meet that descri …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

If Blue Jays trade Alejandro Kirk, targeting experinced catcher may prove beneficial

Amid another crucial off-season, the Toronto Blue Jays remain extremely deep at the catcher position and whenever this current lockout concludes, the front office could utilize some of that capital to address other glaring needs.
As currently constructed, four catchers (Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire, Alejandro Kirk, Gabriel Moreno) are featured on the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster. Since Moreno is projected to be a future star, it’ll be very important to make sure he’s provided with a clear path to the majors.
But as of now, that doesn’t quite exist inside this organization. In an effort to prevent any logjam from being created, management will likely need to subtract at least one – if not more – of Jansen, McGuire or Kirk in the near future.
Before the transaction freeze commenced, there was plenty of speculation about Toronto utilizing Kirk as a trade chip to acquire either starting pitching or an all-star infielder. Initially, it was believed that the Miami Marlins could serve as a solid trading partner, however, they ended up landing Jacob Stallings from the Pittsburgh Pirates – putting an end to any possible trade discussions.
While the Marlins are no longer in the market for a catcher, there are still a handful of teams that could meet that descri …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: 3 unique lineups to look out for in 2021-22 season

Raptors: 3 unique lineups to look out for in 2021-22 season

In basketball, having lineup versatility is crucial in any team’s game-plan, and the Toronto Raptors are taking this message to heart given how they have constructed their new-look roster lately. This Raptors lineup is bursting at the seams with possible combinations for Nick Nurse to tinker with. Having set combinations that can become a difference-maker […]
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Author: Matthew Eichhorn / Raptors HQ

Who is the greatest commentator in Toronto Raptors history?

  Play-by-play commentary is crucial to the sports-watching experience. The Toronto Raptors have had a few good commentators over the years. Who is the greatest of all time? When you watch the Toronto Raptors, at a pub or in the comfort of your home, you are focusing on the players playing the game. You watch […]
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Author: Andrew Gula / Raptors HQ

Game 4 Analysis: Kawhi stands out, and Toronto’s big men stand up

The Raptors just managed to get the crucial game 4 win. How did they do it, and what can they do moving forward to improve on it? Well, that was a heck of a game. Tight from wire to wire, both the Raptors and 76ers pulling out all the stops, neither team shooting all that well — but Toronto came through in the end.
Let’s touch on some of the obvious Game 4 storylines and check in on some on-going issues with the series as a whole.

That Leonard Guy

Pretty good, huh?
Kawhi Leonard put up 39 points on 30 used possessions (only an uncharacteristic seven turnovers prevented his efficiency from being even more otherworldly), adding in 14 rebounds and five assists to boot, and was a +7 in a 5-point win over 43 minutes.
Playing so much of the game, you wouldn’t think you’d be able to see the dramatic on-off court swing that has been the story for Leonard this series, especially on the offensive end. And you’d be partly right — the Raptors’ offence was only seven points better with Kawhi than without, as he was the constant for the good lineups and bad ones alike, carrying a huge load all …

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Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ