PK Subban might find his best price as an in season free agent option

Let me start by saying this isn’t making a case for Subban coming to the Leafs. In fact other than this initial preamble I’m not sure there will be a ton a Leafs content in this article, we’ll have to see where this journey takes us.
From a Leafs perspective, Toronto is already set with seven NHL defensemen once Rasmus Sandin is signed, and Jordie Benn and Victor Mete seem to be very capable depth options to put on the Marlies. Making room for Subban would likely mean not only moving Justin Holl, but one other defenseman to have a spot for PK in the lineup. I’m not sure the Leafs wanted to do that.
Throw in the fact that Mark Giordano a two year $800k AAV deal that seems to set a ballpark for what the Leafs are willing to spend on veteran defense wanting to come back to play in their hometown. While I’m sure most people would easily put 2021-22 Giordano over Subban, it’s still a very reasonable thing for Subban to not be ready to take a sub $1M deal. He still has talents that can be marketed well above that range and he is likely trying to get his price.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Prospect Profile: Trent Palmer

The third-rounder from the 2020 draft is making some waves this season.

Trent Palmer is quickly becoming one of the most successful prospects in the Blue Jays minor league system. In just two seasons, he pitched at three different levels and had success at each of them.
Background:
The success didn’t just randomly show up at the pro level. The Minnesotan pitched three seasons at Jacksonville University. He posted a 3.52 ERA in 133 innings pitched. Palmer has always had a high K/9, as it sat at 10.6 in college, while his BB/9 was a solid 3.6.
Even in summer league action, Palmer put up some impressive numbers. In 49 innings pitched in two seasons, Palmer has an impressive 1.84 ERA, as well as a 10.1 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. The pedigree was obviously there.
So when it was the Jays turn to pick in the third round of the 2020 draft and Palmer was still on the board, the Jays selected the 6’1 righty 77th overall pick. According to MLB, the slot value for the 77th overall pick was $805,600 in 2020, yet Palmer was signed to a bonus of $847,500.
Palmer’s start:
As per usual, there was no 2020 minor league season, meaning that Palmer didn’t pitch his first professional game until the 2021 season.

RHP Trent Palmer, #BlueJays 3rd round pick in 2020, just pitched a seven inning no-hitter for single-A Dunedin
— Mitch Bannon (@MitchBannon) August 20, 2021

With the Low A Dunedin Blue Jay …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

3 Spurs trade targets Raptors could watch amid huge rebuild

3 Spurs trade targets Raptors could watch amid huge rebuild

The Toronto Raptors are likely done making big moves at this point in the offseason, even with the hypothetical Kevin Durant game-changer hovering over them. If they end up moving back into the trade realm, the San Antonio Spurs might be willing to indulge them given their direction. The trade of Dejounte Murray has signaled […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Nationals are seeking a massive haul for Juan Soto. What could the Blue Jays offer? And should they pull the trigger?

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is making headlines. He won the 2022 Home Run Derby, and he also might not be National much longer.

With news dropping just before the All-Star break that there was an impasse in contract extension negotiations with the Nationals, who were now willing to discuss possible trade scenarios for Soto. This comes only weeks after their General Manager Mike Rizzo said he would not consider trading the Nationals’ star outfielder. In light of all of this, what could the Juan Soto trade sweepstakes represent for the Toronto Blue Jays?
We can start with a fairly simple, but quite important question, what does Juan Soto represent? Well, since breaking into the major leagues in 2018 at the age of 19 he has experienced the highs of winning a world series in 2019 and the lows of the Nationals’ residence in the basement of the National League East in each season since. Throughout all of this, he has been one the better hitters in all of major league baseball and inspired comparisons to Red Sox great Ted Williams due to his elite on-base skills.
Now those comparisons to Ted Williams may be a bit much. He certainly had a Williams-esque season during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, slashing (BA/OBP/SLG) .351/.490/.695 all of which led the league, as did his 217 OPS+ (which takes on-base and slugging percentage and adjusts them for league conditions, with a score of 100 representing league average). This compa …

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Author: Noah Vande / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors make solid move signing DJ Wilson to multiyear contract

Raptors make solid move signing DJ Wilson to multiyear contract

The Toronto Raptors weren’t totally done making some additions to the NBA roster after the initial free agent frenzy calmed down. 2021-22 contributors like DJ Wilson remained without a proper NBA contract despite the fact they helped push Toronto towards the postseason. Wilson was a terrific player at Michigan who was drafted in the first […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ