Blue Jays add Gabriel Moreno, Riley Adams, Josh Palacios, Otto Lopez, and Ty Tice to 40-man roster

Friday was the deadline for teams to add players to their 40-man rosters ahead of the Rule 5 Draft in early-December.

The Blue Jays had 35 players on their 40-man roster, and they used all five open spots to add prospects in order to protect them from being exposed in the Rule 5 Draft…

#BlueJays add five players to their 40-man:• Riley Adams, C• Gabriel Moreno, C• Josh Palacios, OF• Otto Lopez, IF• Ty Tice, RHP
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) November 20, 2020

I wrote yesterday that Gabriel Moreno was an automatic because he’s one of the organization’s most highly-regarded prospects and Riley Adams also seemed like a very likely add because he’s near MLB-ready. But I also figured that the Blue Jays would only add three players, opting to leave a couple of 40-man roster spots open for free agents.
Instead, they added outfielder Josh Palacios, who was on the team’s 40-man playoff pool this year, young infielder Otto Lopez, who could have ended up in a similar situation to that of Elvis Luciano we had a couple of years ago, and Ty Tice, a reliever who has put up very good numbers in the upper minors.
My logic for the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Taking a look at the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster decisions

It’s going to be a Transaction Friday.

Tomorrow (Nov. 20) is the deadline for Major League Baseball teams to add players to their 40-man rosters ahead of the Rule 5 Draft, which will take place in early-December.
The Blue Jays aren’t really facing a difficult roster crunch this year but there will be some interesting decisions ahead. There are a few decent prospects who might not be that far from being big-league ready who could be snagged but the team is also planning to make a handful of additions in free agency this winter.
Remember, a thing to consider with the Rule 5 Draft is that you’d rather leave a prospect off the 40-man and test your luck with having them selected by another team than you would designating them for assignment later in the off-season to make room for a free agent.
For example, a couple of years ago, the Jays lost Travis Bergen and Jordan Romano in the Rule 5 Draft but ended up getting both players back because the teams that selected them didn’t want to keep them on the active roster all season. Had the Jays added them to the 40-man and DFA’d them at …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays 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

Alejandro Kirk has been added to the Blue Jays’ Taxi Squad

Somewhat buried behind all of the trade deadline news on Monday was Alejandro Kirk, one of the Blue Jays’ top prospects, getting added to the team’s Taxi Squad.

The #BlueJays have added highly regarded catching prospect Alejandro Kirk to their taxi squad, per sources. He’s flying with the club to Miami.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 31, 2020

Kirk rose up the Blue Jays’ prospect rankings last year after putting up big offensive numbers between Low- and High-A. He slashed a .299/.427/.519 line in Lansing over 21 games, and then got called up to Dunedin and slashed a .288/.395/.446 line, which is impressive given the fact the Florida State League is notoriously pitcher-friendly.
The Blue Jays haven’t been able to get any offence from the catcher position this season. Reese McGuire has just three hits (and no walks!!!) over 38 plate appearances and Danny Jansen’s .573 OPS is lower than the mark of .640 he put up last season.
Calling up Kirk, who’s more of a bat-first catcher, might help that situation.
But, another thing to consider is that Kirk isn’t on the 40-man roster, so somebody else would have to be removed in order to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Trade Deadline Eve Notes: Andrelton Simmons, Lance Lynn, Freddy Galvis, and more!

Well, here we are. The trade deadline is under 24 hours away, and, just as we all expected at the beginning of the season, the Blue Jays are 18-14 with a playoff run on the horizon.

The team has already made a couple of additions, acquiring Daniel Vogelbach and Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners, but Ross Atkins has said that he expects to be active ahead of Monday’s deadline. So, who else could the team bring into the mix?
The obvious place to add would be the starting rotation. Bringing in Walker gives the rotation some more depth, but it’s still a pretty shaky group behind him and Ryu. Trent Thornton is done for the season, Matt Shoemaker’s return from injury will help, and we don’t know if Nate Pearson will be starting when he returns or if he’ll be used as a multi-inning guy out of the ‘pen as we’ve seen with Thomas Hatch and Anthony Kay.

My latest on the @MLB Trade Deadline. Great to join the @MLBNetwork Showcase Game and work with @scottbraun and Buck Showalter today! https://t.co/UX6KlG6mE5
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Leafs Should Bring P.K. Home to Toronto

With the trade deadline behind us, now seems like the perfect time to discuss who the Leafs should target to improve their D core next season. Timing is everything and, as the old saying goes, the best time to discuss a trade was two weeks ago and the second-best time is now…. or something like that.

Anyways, as you may have already noticed, the Leafs defense is kind of awful. More specifically, their right side is sub-par and only getting worse next season. Tyson Barrie has had mixed results this year but it’s hard to argue that Toronto has an internal replacement as good as him after his likely departure this summer. This leaves the Leafs with a 28-year-old AHL lifer and a 2019 NHL rookie holding down their right side in 2020; not exactly a recipe for success. Long story short, the Leafs need another body and preferably a body that is good at hockey. The answer…. PK Subban.
Ok… hear me out. I can already sense the backlash to this idea: “PK is cooked! Do you think it’s 2016?! He costs too much! Why do you always have such terrible taeks?!”. These …

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Author: Totally Offside / The Leafs Nation

Elliotte Friedman on future Leaf Joe Thornton and more

So the deadline is over and with it is the sense of urgency around any Leaf related rumour. While teams can still make trades (though not use the player in the playoffs) and we still have NCAA free agency season to look forward to, in reality the rumours of significance are on hold until the summer.
So let’s start there with Elliotte Friedman’s thought(s) on Joe Thornton coming to Toronto…
If Thornton is not sold on the Sharks, and he’s willing to seek out new life (boldly go where no one has gone before), my prediction is Toronto will be a factor. I can’t confirm this, but I believe the Maple Leafs considered adding him now.
Elliotte goes on to discuss how optically it didn’t make sense for Dubas at the deadline, but next season could make more sense…
Thornton’s made it clear he will make his salary fit. He’s a left-hand shot who could feed Auston Matthews/John Tavares from his strong side. (They have spent plenty of time with Zach Hyman and William Nylander on their weak sides, although both have …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs stood still at the trade deadline. What did the rest of the division do?

Nothing really changed for the Leafs at the trade deadline as Kyle Dubas stood still save for some minor deals. Did anything else change around them? Honestly, not really. Boston and Tampa got better and Florida doesn’t seem to be trying to make the playoffs. It looks like falling into third place in the Atlantic Division is destiny.

Boston Bruins
What they did: The Bruins’ big splash came a few days before deadline day itself. The Anaheim Ducks did them a massive favour for whatever reason, handing over the underrated and underachieving Ondrej Kase while also taking on David Backes’ albatross contract just as a kind gesture. Boston gave up a middling prospect and what’ll ultimately be a late first-round pick in the deal, which is pretty much what you’d expect the cost to be to take on Backes’ deal alone. Boston also made another smaller move with Anaheim, sending Danton Heinen out west in exchange for Nick Ritchie, giving the team a coke machine to skate around and throw hits.
Kase is injured right now, but, when he returns, he’ll fill the hole on the team’s …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Leafs recall Kevin Gravel from Marlies

I know, I know, the trade deadline move you were waiting anxiously for has finally happened; Kevin Gravel has been recalled by the Leafs.

#Leafs have recalled Kevin Gravel from the Marlies.
Practice about to start here shortly.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 24, 2020

Seriously though, ahead of practice this could mean one of a few things: The Leafs could just be adding a body with Timashov’s departure opening up a roster spot, or they’re looking at making more moves. We’ll keep an eye on whether or not Tyson Barrie is out there skating with the rest of the team in the coming hour.

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Looks like Timashov is off the team

In the last chance to waive someone pre trade deadline, the Leafs have decided to waive Dmytro Timashov.

The move allows the Leafs to add to the roster without demoting one of Engvall, Liljegren, or Sandin. And if claimed, Timashov would be eligible to play in the playoffs for the team that takes him.
Timashov had requested a trade at the end of December and has been a frequent healthy scratch under Sheldon Keefe. He seemed to be appreciated by Mike Babcock previously, and while no one wanted to give up assets for him, I don’t doubt that someone will claim him or that he could be flipped for a different AHLer.
This is a fairy insignificant move, and an expected one, but it could signal further moves for the Leafs in the next 27 hours.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation