Toronto Raptors: 2 starting lineups combinations with Scottie Barnes

Toronto Raptors: 2 starting lineups combinations with Scottie Barnes

The Toronto Raptors decided to make Florida State standout Scottie Barnes the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, as they were so intrigued by his style of play and athletic gifts that they decided to bypass expected No. 4 pick Jalen Suggs, who was taken with the next selection by the Orlando […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

2 bold trades that make the Toronto Raptors contenders in 2022

2 bold trades that make the Toronto Raptors contenders in 2022

The Toronto Raptors have a massive decision to make on July 29 at the 2021 NBA Draft. The consensus belief is to always keep your future options open and select young and up-and-coming talent. However, at times, there may be an opportunity to snatch quality talent sacrificing draft capital. That strategy could make the team […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Giving Zach Bogosian a contract extension is a no-brainer

It’s hard not to make a case for Zach Bogosian being the Leafs’ most pleasant surprise of the 2021 campaign.
When he signed with the team to a one-year, $1 million contract back in October, expectations of what he could provide to the Leafs were rather low in spite of coming off winning his first Stanley Cup with the Lightning. He played well in his role as a defensive defenceman and was a factor in why Toronto improved from 3.17 GA/G in 2019-20 to 2.64 this past season. With a full campaign donning the Blue and White under his belt, it makes total sense to keep him on board for another year.
Even with the defence being crowded next season (including the likes of Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren battling for roster spots), Bogosain’s game style is unique and valuable enough to warrant him a member of the Leafs for 2021-22. It certainly helps that one of Travis Dermott or Justin Holl will likely be heading to Seattle in the upcoming expansion draft.
Part of the reason why some fans were initially skeptical of Bogosian was due to him recently playing for the Buffalo Sabres and seeing his career take a …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays Continue to Deepen Bullpen with Acquisition of Trevor Richards

The Blue Jays continue to make trades to improve the bullpen. It started with Adam Cimber and continued with the acquisition of Trevor Richards (and Bowden Francis) from the Brewers in exchange for Rowdy Tellez.

Briefly, Francis looks like a depth piece for the Bisons. He’s having a nice season in AAA with a 3.49 ERA but he’s a fringe prospect ranked 25th in the Brewers system per FanGraphs. He may make it to the Majors as a back-end starter, a Jacob Waguespack type. However it may be difficult for Francis to crack the Blue Jays roster as he is not on the 40-man so the Blue Jays would have to find a way to clear a spot for him.
The main piece in the deal for the Blue Jays was Richards. Richards has already been traded once this season, going with Willy Adames from Tampa to Milwaukee. With the Rays, Richards has an inflated ERA of 4.50 with much better underlying stats (3.41 FIP, 2.72 xFIP), and with the Brewers that was flipped. His ERA was 3.20 but with a high FIP (3.97) and xFIP (4.33). Putting everything together Richards in 31.2 innings has a 3.69 ERA supported nicely with a 3.76 FIP and 3.72 xFIP
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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Is Ben Simmons sign-and-trade feasible after nixed Pacers offer?

Raptors: Is Ben Simmons sign-and-trade feasible after nixed Pacers offer?

The Toronto Raptors, should they be looking to make a super-aggressive move in order to get back to the postseason, might need to call up a hated rival and potential Kyle Lowry destination in the Philadelphia 76ers, as they appear to be listening to offers on All-Star point guard and former No. 1 overall pick […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 styles of play Raps must target in potential additions

Toronto Raptors: 3 styles of play Raps must target in potential additions

The Toronto Raptors need to make some huge additions to the bedrock of this team, as they have enough cap space to pull off some moves that could get them back to the postseason after a year in the lottery due to their bad luck. The Raptors were able to become one of the more […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Danny Jansen to the Injured List, Riley Adams is called up

One of the Blue Jays’ catching prospects will make his big league debut tonight.

You might have wanted it to be Gabriel Moreno, but it isn’t. It’s Riley Adams, who has been mashing in Triple-A this season. Adams was actually called up earlier this year when Reese McGuire wasn’t yet on the 40-man roster but he never made it into a game.
In a corresponding move, Danny Jansen has been placed on the 10-day Injured List due to the hamstring injury he suffered on Sunday playing Houston.

ROSTER MOVES:
We’ve recalled C Riley Adams, who will wear Number 50 and make his MLB debut tonight
C Danny Jansen (right hamstring strain) placed on 10-day IL pic.twitter.com/vpIqFjbpdw
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 8, 2021

Adams is currently ranked as Toronto’s No. 18 prospect. Here’s what MLB Pipeline has to say about him…
Adams has a rare physical profile for a catcher at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, which led many to question his long-term future behind the plate coming out of the Draft. He’s made strides in that area recently and has a strong arm, but there’s room to improve with his receiving. Adams’ IQ and game management …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 rumors from Atlantic rivals that aren’t good news

Toronto Raptors: 3 rumors from Atlantic rivals that aren’t good news

The Toronto Raptors need to make some seismic moves in order to reclaim their spot among the elite in the Eastern Conference, and Raptors rumors have been flying around as Nick Nurse and the front office try to figure out what went wrong last year and how to correct those flaws. What makes this semi-rebuild […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Can we close this thing out please?

They just never make it easy, do they.
In the salary cap era, the Leafs have played six playoff series’, and have played in six games where they can eliminate their opponent and move on to the next round. They have lost all six games. Four of those six are in game sevens, so the other team has just as much to lose, but this is the second time they’ve had an opportunity to close out a series before game seven, the other one being game six (in Toronto!) against Boston in 2019.
There’s no doubt that this series is different than the other ones. For starters, this is the best team the Leafs have iced out of the six playoff series’, and not just that, but they’re playing arguable their weakest opponent of the six. Columbus is debatable, but the skill gap wasn’t as big as it is in this series. On paper, this team should win this series, and not even need a game seven.
But, it’s the Leafs. They always have a habit of messing things up, and no matter how unlikely it seems, it’s always inevitable.
If this team wants to …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri could be the perfect person to lead NBA Africa

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri could be the perfect person to lead NBA Africa

The Toronto Raptors are trying to make sure they can retain the services of president Masai Ujiri as they try to make it back to the postseason. Given his expertise in building a roster and maintaining quality, he remains the perfect individual to potentially pull the Raptors out of the doldrums. However, considering how his […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ