Examining the Shapiro Era Trades, Part two: The Losses

As a team, you will have your losses here and there. 

On Saturday, we looked at the 19 trades since the Mark Shapiro era started that was considered a win by voters on Twitter. Today, we’ll look at the “losses”
Just a few notes before we begin:
Yes, Shapiro doesn’t make the trades, but they likely run through him. Not just that, but when Mark Shapiro was brought in, so too was Ross Atkins. Hence why I call it the “Shapiro era”.
Secondly, I don’t think most of these were actual losses. So I’ll give my reasoning and context as to why I thought otherwise. Let’s start with the first ever trade of the Shapkins era.
The Liam Hendriks trade:
Fun fact, this is the only trade in any of these articles for which Ross Atkins wasn’t the General Manager.
The Jays traded reliever Liam Hendriks for Jesse Chavez. In 2015, Hendrik had a 2.92 ERA and 2.14 FIP in 64.2 innings pitched. With the Jays in 2016, Chavez had a 4.57 ERA and 4.82 FIP in 41.1 innings pitched. He was later traded to the Dodgers in exchange for Mike Boslinger. On paper, it definitely looks like the Jays lost this trade, but let’s look at the context.
Context:
When we think of Liam Hendriks, we think of one of the best closers in the MLB to this day (and a standup guy). This wasn’t always the case, however. While his ERA and FIP sparkled in 2015, it was by far his best up to that point. Between 2011-2018, Hendriks had a 4.72 ERA and 3.91 FIP in 406.1 innings pitched.
In his first three seasons in Oakland, he had a 4.01 ERA and 3.24 FIP. Fun fa …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

A nihilist’s season preview for the Leafs

A nihilist’s season preview for the Leafs

Here we are at the Leafs first game of the season. In many ways, this feels like it should be a meaningful day, but frankly, it hits just about the same as the start of the preseason. I’ll tune in. I write about the Leafs, so I should probably watch them play, but I don’t know if there is much excitement that comes from committing to a season that is about 20 games too long and will ultimately get us to the same place, the Leafs will finish somewhere in the top three in their division, and somehow 4th or 5th in the league, and then something will finally be put on the line as we see if the Leafs are now 19 years removed from a second round appearance or if the mocking of the Leafs needs to revert to the standard 1967 reminder that admittedly I’m far more comfortable with.
That’s not to say that there aren’t storylines to care about with the regular season. Whether Kyle Dubas was active enough for you or not in the offseason, the fact that he’s given Toronto two new goaltenders to hastily develop misinformed opinions on is a bit of a blessing. Last year the g …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

3 must-watch Toronto Raptors as Media Day frenzy approaches

3 must-watch Toronto Raptors as Media Day frenzy approaches

Media Day is almost here, meaning that the Toronto Raptors are just a few days away from kicking off what is expected to be a very pivotal 2022 preseason. Fresh off 48 victories in a season that surprised many, Toronto is gearing up for a more serious push towards championship glory. With an All-Star point […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Notes and quotes from Day 1 of Maple Leafs development camp

Development camp is finally here! For the first time in three years, the Toronto Maple Leafs are hosting their development camp in the regularly slotted time frame in July with both CHL and NCAA prospects in attendance, in addition to a few others from the professional ranks.
The Leafs Nation’s Nick Barden is attending development camp, so be sure to check out his recap from Day 1.
The Leafs had multiple availabilities on a busy Day 1 of dev camp, including the head of the player development department, Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser, as well as Toronto’s first picks in the 2021 and 2022 drafts in Matt Knies and Fraser Minten.
Without further delay, let’s dive into things.
Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser
On her promotion to Assistant General Manager
“Nothing changes in the day-to-day of what I’ve been doing here the last year and a half. It’s obviously a huge honour to be working here with the Leafs. I love what I do every single day, it’s been great.”
It’s not a surprise to see that despite the promotion to Assistant General Manager, Hayley Wickenheiser’s role remains essentially the same with the Maple Leafs. The promotions of Wickenheiser, Ryan Hardy, and Darryl Metcalf were less about assigning new tasks and more about re-organizing the titles in the organization.
On Matt Knies’ decision to go back to the NCAA
“Physically, [Matt Knies] is a big boy. He’s got all the tools. There’s a lot of respect that goes to the players to understand where they are at this point in time in their career and what t …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

2022 MLB Draft day primer: How does the draft work and who are the Blue Jays linked too?

It’s finally here. Tonight at 7:00 PM eastern time, the 2022 MLB draft officially kicks under way.

As far as I can tell, tonight will cover the first two rounds, which includes the Blue Jays compensatory #77 and #78 picks.
The MLB draft is a rather confusing process compared to other North American sports, so I’ll explain it to the best of my capabilities.
How does the draft work:
In this section, we’ll look at what type of player is available as well as how the bonus pool works.
Who’s eligible:
The MLB draft has 20 rounds, but the Blue Jays will be able to draft 22 players due to those compensatory picks. The team got those picks when they extended a qualifying offer to both Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien at the end of the 2021 season. Since the two players signed elsewhere, the Jays got those two picks.
If you’re drafted by an NHL or NBA team, you essentially don’t have a choice in the matter but to play for that team. Yeah, you get weird instances like when Eric Lindros declined to play for the Quebec Nordiques or when Steve Francis refused to play for the Vancouver Grizzlies. However, most of the time once you apply to be drafted, you can’t be drafted again.
This isn’t the case with the MLB draft. The draft has a litany of pathways, such as being a recently graduated high school player, a third year university player or a junior college/community college pla …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

The Randal Grichuk trade has looked good so far

It’s my belief the Jays did a good bit of business here, and that the trade that brought Raimel Tapia to the Jays is already a win.

In fact, I’d argue that the 28-year-old Tapia is far too over-hated and has had a better season than Randal Grichuk. This is because once you dig into why Tapia struggled at the start of the season, you can see that he’s a darn good fourth outfielder.
Not just that, but the Jays have a chance to cut payroll next season while getting a pretty darn good prospect in return. Let’s look at each one of these things, starting with the MLB player they got in return.
Ramiel Tapia:
At face value, Tapia’s.264/.290/.374 slash line with 4 homeruns isn’t great. Especially when you factor in his Fangraphs WAR of -0.4, but let’s dig deeper into the numbers.
Batting Statistics:
Let’s take you back to April 13th when Teoscar Hernandez injured his oblique. This injury devastated the Jays for multiple reasons. For starters, Teoscar has been one of the better hitters (I’d argue the best) over the past two seasons.
The second reason is due to the lack of depth in the outfield, and due to the injury, Tapia played a little more than the team probably wanted.
Between the start of the season and Hernandez’s return (May 7th), Tapia posted pretty awful numbers. He slashed .222/.237/.289 in 95 p …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Everything you need to know about the Maple Leafs development camp

It’s finally here! The Toronto Maple Leafs development camp is set to begin on Sunday and run through next Friday, and the team has announced the roster after much anticipation.

A look at our 2022 Development Camp roster & schedule.#LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 14, 2022

For starters, the Leafs are holding camp a week after nearly every other team has opened them up to inviting just about any undrafted prospect they want, which we’ll get to in a second. First, here are all of the Leafs affiliated prospects attending camp:

Player
Acquired
Luke Cavallin
AHL contract
Orrin Centazzo
AHL contract
Max Ellis
UDFA NHL signing
John Fusco
2020 7th round pick
Matt Knies
2021 2nd round pick
Dennis Hildeby
2022 4th round pick
Braeden Kressler
UDFA NHL signing
Mikey Koster
2019 5th round pick
Brandon Lisowsky
2022 7th round pick
Veeti Miettinen
2020 6th round pick
Joe Miller
2020 6th round pick
Tommy Miller
AHL contract
Fraser Minten
2022 2nd round pick
Nick Moldenhauer
2022 3rd round pick
Keith Petruzzelli
AHL contract
Marshall Rifai
AHL contract
Axel Rindell
2020 6th round pick
Wyatt Schingoethe
2020 7th round pick
Graham Slaggert
AHL contract
Ryan Tverberg
2020 7th round pick
William Villeneuve
2020 4th round pick
Ty Voit
2021 5th round pick
The following are invites out of the CHL, meaning the Maple Leafs can sign them to an entry-level contract if they are impressed by what they see at camp, something they did last year for Braeden Kressler:

Player
Team

First Year Draft Eligible

Sam Alfano
Peterborough
2022
Rayan Bettahar
Swift Current
2022
Marco Costantini
Hamilton
2020
Pano Fimis
Niagara
2022
Avery Hayes
Hamilton
2021
Beau Jelsma
Barrie
2022
Kasper Larsen
Mississauga
2021
Sean McGurn
London
2020
Marcus Nguyen
Portland
2022
Michael Renwick
Windsor
2020
Grayden Siepmann
Calgary
2022
Noah Van Vliet
Hamilton
2022
Mathew Ward
Swift Current
2022
The rest of the invites are players bound for the NCAA, meaning if they were to sign, they would have to forego their collegiate eligibility. It is very rare to see these players sign in camp, although Trevor Moore was an example a few years back:

Player
2021-22 Team

First Year Draft Eligible

Mathieu De St. Phalle
Wisconsin (NCAA)
2018
Tyler Duke
USNTDP
2022
Rastislav Elias
Green Bay (USHL)
2022
Dylan Jackson
Northeastern (NCAA)
2019
Ty Jackson
Northeastern (NCAA)
2019
Ryan McAllister
Brooks (AJHL)
2020
Duncan Ramsay
Kimball Academy (USHS)
2022
T.J. Semptimphelter
Northeastern (NCAA)
2020
Jeremy Wilmer
Tri-City (USHL)
2021
The only European-based prospect attending the development camp is Dennis Hildeby, interesting given Roni Hirvonen, Topi Niemela, and Artur Akhtyamov have all been in Toro …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Staff Picks: Who we like for the Leafs in free agency

Here we are on the eve of free agency, and 25 hours away from the madness truly beginning. It seems like the last chance for us to weigh in on who are targets are before we start justifying who was actually signed. That’s why the question posed to the TLN writers this week is, “Who is your free agent target and why?”
Dylan Strome by Michael Mazzei
I believe the Leafs should focus their efforts on the non-tendered RFAs that are set to hit the open market, and the top choice for me is Dylan Strome. He has been making strides in his game despite Chicago mishandling him and barely giving him consistent playing time. The underlying metrics imply that he is a solid player and is more than deserving a a permanent roster spot, but Chicago apparently doesn’t think the same way and did not give him a qualifying offer. He should come at a reasonable price and would be a solid addition to the middle-six both this coming year and going forward given that he is right in the middle of his prime. He could be a hidden gem in free agency this summer and he is my choice for top target for the Leafs to acquire on July 13.
Eric …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation