Ugh, the Rays are trading for Nelson Cruz

Those fucking Rays!!!

According to Jeff Passan, the Twins are sending All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz off to Tampa Bay…

BREAKING: The Tampa Bay Rays are finalizing a deal to acquire slugger Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 22, 2021

There had been rumours that the Blue Jays were kicking tires on Cruz, which was a little puzzling given the team’s crowded outfield situation and need to rotate guys through the designated hitter spot. That said, Toronto actually hasn’t been getting very good production from the DH lately, so there was some logic behind adding another elite bat to the lineup, and Cruz would arguably be the team’s best bat other than Vladdy
Cruz has kicked the piss out of the baseball this season. Through 85 games, he’s slashing a .294/.370/.537 line with 19 homers, 12 doubles, and a 35-to-63 walk-to-strikeout ratio. His 140 wRC+ ranks 20th in baseball, ahead of names like Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts.
I know he wasn’t the most ideal fit out there, but seeing the Rays get better really sucks!

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Nobody Can Contain Vladdy

Jeff Kent won the 2000 NL MVP solely because he hit behind Barry Bonds.
Jeff Kent was not better than Barry Bonds, however, he got plenty of opportunities to drive in runners as Barry Bonds got the intentional free pass 688 times in his career, including 120 times in 2004. Now, Kent was in Houston at this time, but between 1997 until 2002, Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 197 times, which was a big win for Kent batting behind him. 

What am I getting at here you may be asking yourself? It’s quite simple, Vladimir Guererro Jr. should not be pitched to. Vlad Jr. isn’t Barry Bonds, but, in this article, I will try to convince you that he is such.
A third of the way into the season, Vlad leads the MLB in a plethora of stats, including homers, RBI, OBP, Slugging, OPS and WAR for position players. Not just that, but he also leads the AL in batting average with a mind-blowing .344 average. Vlad is insane.
Another stat that proves he’s a good hitter is that he’s walked 40 times while striking out 41 times. In percentages, he walks 15.2% while only striking out 15.5% of the time. This is to say that Guerrero has …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: B/R’s Raptors-Magic trade seems too risky for Masai Ujiri

Toronto Raptors: B/R’s Raptors-Magic trade seems too risky for Masai Ujiri

Orlando Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman has given the Toronto Raptors some given the Raptors some gifts over the years in the form of Serge Ibaka and Khem Birch, but Masai Ujiri might not be able to pump the former Raptors executive for players this offseason due to their lackluster roster, unless he […]
Toronto Raptors: B/R’s Raptors-Magic trade seems too risky for Masai Ujiri – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Toronto Raptors should try to sign Jeff Green with disabled player hardship

The Toronto Raptors need depth, and Jeff Green just became an available free agent. Should Toronto look to bring him in on a short-term deal? Jeff Green is never going to be who fans and media hoped he would be. The tantalizing 6-foot-8 prospect was akin to the sirens of Greek mythology. He lured you […]
The Toronto Raptors should try to sign Jeff Green with disabled player hardship – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ