Blue Jays designate RHP Julian Merryweather for assignment

The Toronto Blue Jays made a few moves earlier today, acquiring RHP Zach Thompson from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for prospect outfielder Chavez Young while also making the Brandon Belt signing official, inking the veteran first baseman to a one-year deal.
With a full 40-man roster, the Blue Jays’ front office had to make some room for Belt and designated right-handed reliever Julian Merryweather for assignment. 
Merryweather was acquired back in 2018 as the “player to be named later” of the Josh Donaldson trade that saw the third baseman head to Cleveland. At the time of the deal, Merryweather was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and wouldn’t make his debut with the Blue Jays organization until mid-June of 2019, making two starts before finishing the year on the IL once again.
The Toronto Blue Jays have designated reliever Julian Merryweather for assignment
In 2020, Merryweather had converted to a bullpen arm and made his MLB debut for the Jays, appearing in 1.1 innings on August 20th against the Philadelphia Phillies. He would finish the season with a 4.15 ERA through 13.0 innings, racking up 15 strikeouts in the process with an IL stint mixed in between.
The California product followed that introduction with a stellar opening to the 2021 campaign, striking out seven batters through four relief appearances while amassing two saves in the process, both of which came against the New York Yankees. This hot start had Jays fans thinking of big things for the 6’4″ …

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Author: Tyson Shushkewich / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors letting Norman Powell run wild in homecoming is embarassing

Raptors letting Norman Powell run wild in homecoming is embarassing

The Toronto Raptors made one of the riskiest trades in franchise history in the Tampa bubble, sending Norman Powell away to the Portland Trail Blazers in order to bring Gary Trent Jr. up north. Powell signed a five-year contract with Portland before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers just one year after the first […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Could Raptors reunite with DeMar DeRozan amid Bulls drama?

Could Raptors reunite with DeMar DeRozan amid Bulls drama?

While the Toronto Raptors have won a championship and made the playoffs three times since the departure of DeMar DeRozan in the Kawhi Leonard trade, some fans have spent the last few years wondering about what it would take to bring No. 10 back to Toronto and further add to his legacy. While DeRozan signed […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Bulls’ struggles could make ideal Raptors trade target available

Bulls’ struggles could make ideal Raptors trade target available

The Toronto Raptors have made a solid start to the season despite having to deal with a series of injury problems since the beginning. Nick Nurse’s side finds themselves with a 13-2 record and sitting at 7th in the Eastern Conference. The same thing cannot be said about the Chicago Bulls’ start to the campaign, […]
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Author: Sourav Mahanty / Raptors HQ

Cole Hamels wants to pitch in 2023. There’s no way the Blue Jays would be interested, right? RIGHT?!

Amidst the several free agent moves made on the hot stove recently, one former MLB pitcher has announced that he still wants another shot at taking the mound.

Multiple reports emerged on Wednesday afternoon that Cole Hamels still has ambitions of pitching in the MLB, per his agent, John Boggs.

Cole Hamels, still only 38, would like to pitch in 2023, his longtime agent John Boggs said. Hasn’t pitched since 2020.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 7, 2022

Hamels is a four-time All-Star, as well as a four-time top-8 finisher in Cy Young voting. His resume is stacked with postseason accomplishments, pitching in 17 playoff games, starting 16 of them, as well as being the MVP of the 2008 NLCS and the 2008 World Series.
Hamels owns a career 3.43 ERA, 2,560 strikeouts, and a .572 winning percentage. While his tenure with the Phillies highlights his career, Blue Jays fans may know Hamels well from his time with the Texas Rangers. He pitched against Toronto in both ALDS match-ups in ’15 and ’16.
Hamels hasn’t seen big league action since the COVID-shortened 2020 season with the Atlanta Braves. He only pitched 3.1 innings that year, as shoulder fatigue and triceps tendonitis kept him on the injur …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Errors prove costly as Yankees defeat Jays 5-2, clinch division

Dan Shulman made one of the better points of the night. The Blue Jays can play with anyone, but they can’t be successful handing the opposition more opportunities. I’m paraphrasing, but that turned out to be the tone of the game tonight, as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 5-2 to clinch the AL East.
The rollercoaster ride that has been Jose Berrios’ season looks like it is still at another low point, as the righty allowed five earned runs over 5.1 innings, despite registering his 1,000th career strikeout tonight. While the loud contact was way down, the Yankees gave him death by a thousand paper cuts, if you will, as seven of the nine hits he allowed were singles.
George Springer homered off of Yankees starter Jameson Taillon to lead off the game, but the offense struggled to produce much else until the later innings. The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning, however, behind a couple of RBI singles from Anthony Rizzo and Gleyber Torres.
Rain started to figuratively pour in the top of 5th, when Rizzo skied a ball into shallow center fiel …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: 3 bold predictions for Christian Koloko in 2022-23

Raptors: 3 bold predictions for Christian Koloko in 2022-23

The Toronto Raptors made a very strong draft choice at No. 33 overall in the 2022 NBA Draft, as they addressed their lack of tremendous height by adding 7-1 Arizona center Christian Koloko. Considering how many prognosticators expected him to be picked in the first round, the Raptors were regarded to have pulled off quite […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Realistic projections for Scottie Barnes in second season

Raptors: Realistic projections for Scottie Barnes in second season

The Toronto Raptors made one of the best draft picks in franchise history when they were somehow able to turn the seventh-best lottery odds in the 2021 NBA Draft into the No. 4 overall pick and Florida State star Scottie Barnes. Toronto’s versatile forward beat out Evan Mobley and Cade Cunningham for Rookie of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The biggest trade in Toronto Raptors history that never happened

The biggest trade in Toronto Raptors history that never happened

The Toronto Raptors have made some crazy trades in the course of their franchise history, but once canceled swap with the Los Angeles Lakers could have been the most impactful non-Kawhi Leonard deal this club ever pulled off. It centered around Tracy McGrady before his formative NBA seasons. McGrady was a huge risk coming out […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 reasons not to panic if Raptors don’t acquire Kevin Durant

3 reasons not to panic if Raptors don’t acquire Kevin Durant

The Toronto Raptors made waves early in the offseason thanks to their pursuit of Kevin Durant. Even though such a trade would be borderline unprecedented across NBA history, the Raptors are still hanging around the KD sweepstakes thanks to a stockpile of assets they have accumulated. In addition to a heap of draft picks, the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ