High-impact players not named Francisco Lindor that the Blue Jays could acquire

We know the Blue Jays are looking to add a “super high impact player” this off-season and we know Cleveland is going to trade star shortstop Francisco Lindor. On paper, it’s a perfect match. Lindor is an impact player on both sides of the ball, the Blue Jays front office knows him very well from their time in Cleveland and Rogers has the money to give Lindor the massive contract extension he’s looking for. 

As great as it would be to get Lindor, you can’t put all your eggs in one basket. You need other options in case something falls through. So here are other high-impact players the Blue Jays could target this off-season.
Free Agents  
Trevor Bauer
The National League Cy Young award winner is coming off of a remarkable season in which he had a 1.73 ERA and 2.5 WAR in 73.0 innings. He struck out 36% of batters he faced and walked just 6.1%. He’s a high strikeout arm having posted double-digit strikeouts per nine in each of the last four seasons. He’s also been durable having made at least 25 starts and throwing 150.0 innings every season from 2014-19.
As with Lindor, there is the obvious Cleveland connection. …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

FanGraphs has lofty projections for the 2021 Blue Jays

Looking for reasons to feel optimistic? Well, here you go!

Over at FanGraphs, the Steamer projections for the 2021 season have been released and they’re quite bullish on the Blue Jays.
For those who are asking ‘what’s a Steamer?’ it’s FanGraphs’ projection system based on past performance and typical ageing trends. Obviously, Steamer projections don’t all necessarily come true, but it’s widely regarded as one of the most accurate predictors in the industry.
Steamer has 10 (!!!) different Blue Jays with a wRC+ higher than 100 (meaning 10 hitters are projected to be above average). Some interesting notes…

Steamer really believes in Vladdy. He’s projected to slash a .299/.373/.528 line and his projected 144 wRC+ is seventh in baseball, tied with Ronald Acuna Jr. and right behind Freddie Freeman. That kind of breakout from Vladdy would be fantastic.
Though Vladdy is projected to be Toronto’s most productive hitter, Bo Bichette is being projected as their best all-around player. Steamer has Bo producing a nice 119 wRC+ while also being a plus defender, coming out at a team-high 4.1 wins above replacement.
Steamer has also bought into the Alejandro Kirk hype. It’s projecting Kirk will produce a 123 wRC+ over 52 games. It also …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Bogosian by the numbers

Few things are more scary than the idea of looking at Zach Bogosian’s numbers. Zach Bogosian wasn’t brought in for his numbers. He was brought in to be an affordable tank. An unmovable force in front of the Leafs net. He’s here to satisfy our desire for punishing hits at the cost reasonable outlet passes. Bogosian is here to make us nostalgic for “to the line but not out” but also to put on a shot blocking clinic. At least that’s what we’ve been told. Maybe he’s more than that. Let’s take a look.
An overview

So, those hits weren’t as significant as advertised. Bogosian averaged just over a hit per game last season, with 30 hits in 27 games, playing around 17 minutes a night. His shot blocks were also right at the 1 per game level, with 27 during the regular season. In the playoffs, Bogosian upped his hitting with 44 hits in 20 games, but was still just at 19 blocked shots. He had increased playing time with 17:40 minutes averaged per night.
Interestingly enough, Bogosian might have been better statistically in the playoffs, as his 59.3% CF% at even strength was the highest of the Lightning defensemen.
Time …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs sign Zach Bogosian to a 1-year, $1 million contract

Hours after Kyle Dubas said he was looking to add physicality on the blueline, he did just that by signing a recent Stanley Cup champion.

Welcome to Leafs Nation, Zach!
We’ve signed Zach Bogosian to a one-year contract. #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/DMGoBfo66E pic.twitter.com/5k5WCoSlV5
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 11, 2020

According to the Leafs, the deal has an average annual value of $1 million for the 2020-21 season.
More to come.

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Is Victor Oladipo a realistic offseason target?

Oladipo is looking to move on from Indiana. With cap space and the Toronto Raptors being one piece away, does it make sense for Masai Ujiri to go after him? We know Masai Ujiri likes to gamble and we just witnessed the Toronto Raptors being one-shot creator away from beating the Celtics. And with Victor […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: The 3 most disappointing Draft Picks of all-time

Do you know what’s scary? Looking at the list of players your team could’ve drafted and realizing the actual player drafted was a complete bust. The Toronto Raptors do have a few of those… With the Toronto Raptors officially in the offseason, and the spooky month of October getting closer. There is no better time […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

The Toronto Raptors are the closest thing to the 2004 Detroit Pistons

The Toronto Raptors are looking to do the impossible during this postseason, and the closest team that comes to mind with this team is the 2004 Detroit Pistons. No Superstar? No pro… actually there is a problem. Historically in the NBA, the combination of a championship and a superstar player — a player that is […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Bo Bichette tweaked his knee and is going to get an MRI

Things have been looking up for the Blue Jays as of late. The offence is coming around largely because Bo Bichette has gone nuclear at the plate, but, since we can’t have nice things, here’s an out-of-the-blue setback.

Bichette reportedly hurt his knee in Saturday’s game against the Rays and he’s going to get an MRI done to see what’s going on. As a result, he likely won’t be playing in either of Sunday’s games.

Bad news to start your morning, #BlueJays fans:
Bo Bichette felt something in his right knee last night. He’s going through tests, including an MRI, and is unlikely to play today.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) August 16, 2020

My thoughts…

Let’s hope this isn’t anything serious. Good lord.
If Bo is injured for any prolonged period of time, that would obviously be a massive hit for the team’s lineup. It would also mean that we would surely see Santiago Espinal called up from the Alternate Training Site because there’s no actual shortstop on the roster beyond Bo.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Ibaka’s style of play is why he shouldn’t be re-signed

When looking through a scope, Ibaka has been the better center for the Toronto Raptors when compared to Gasol. But when you look at the whole picture, you’d notice Ibaka’s impact is not nearly as close to Gasol’s. It is an understatement to say that Serge Ibaka has been playing well. He has exceeded everyone’s […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Tyson Barrie is preparing to hit free agency

It may seem painfully clear already by looking at the Leafs salary cap situation, but also by looking at the season that Barrie has had in Toronto this year, he’s not going to stick around. The Leafs defenseman did an interview with Chris Johnston of Sportsnet hammering home that point repeatedly…
“It’s a weird time to be heading into free agency, that’s for sure,” Barrie said Wednesday. “It’s an odd time, but at this point, I think all I’ve got to do right now is focus on getting ready to play, if we are going to play, and to take a run with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs.”
“I think it has to be a spot where they obviously are in need of someone like myself and a good team heading in the right direction and a good organization,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of organizations that fit those boxes, so it’ll be a process where you sit down and just go through everything and what’s important to me.”
I’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation