Hyun Jin Ryu’s injury, why his contract was worthwhile, and the Blue Jays’ need for another starting pitcher

Hyun Jin Ryu might have made his last start as a Blue Jay.

Scott Mitchell of TSN reported on Tuesday that Ryu, who’s currently on the 15-day Injured List, will undergo surgery on his elbow. They aren’t sure yet if it’ll be a full Tommy John surgery, so the most optimistic timeline would have Ryu pitching in 9-12 months, but, regardless, he’s done for this season.
If Ryu doesn’t require Tommy John, there’s certainly a chance he could make a comeback at some point next season. But still, the prudent move for the Blue Jays, a team in a win-now contention window, would be to carry on and plan as though Ryu isn’t going to be back for the final year of the four-year contract he signed back in December of 2019.
It would be an unfortunate end to what started out as a great career for a very lovable Blue Jay, and it’s unfortunate that Ryu might wind up mostly being remembered for the games he didn’t pitch as opposed to the ones he did.
Even though they’re going to wind up having Ryu on the shelf for nearly half of the contract, the deal was still a worthwhile one to make because it signaled to everyone — fans, players, agents, and other teams — that the Blue Jays were ready to compete.
The team took a massive step going from a 67-95 record in 2019 to making the expanded playoffs in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, and that certainly wouldn’t have happened without Ryu pitching like he did that sum …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

3 ways the Raptors can make OG Anunoby happy amid rumors

3 ways the Raptors can make OG Anunoby happy amid rumors

The might be some trouble in paradise if Jake Fischer is to be believed, as Toronto Raptors star OG Anunoby is reportedly one of a few Raptors who aren’t thrilled with their role on the roster. While OG has not voiced his discontent publicly, this could be an interesting wrench to throw into Toronto’s offseason […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 restricted free agents Toronto Raptors could overpay in offseason

3 restricted free agents Toronto Raptors could overpay in offseason

The Toronto Raptors might not have oodles of cap space to work with this offseason, but they do have enough wiggle room to bring in one or two notable names. The restricted free agency market is a rich vein that is just ripe for plundering this offseason, and Toronto needs to explore it. Restricted free […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Should Raptors pull off wild OG Anunoby/Jarrett Allen trade?

Should Raptors pull off wild OG Anunoby/Jarrett Allen trade?

The Toronto Raptors might not have a traditional rim-protecting center on the roster at the moment, but that doesn’t negate the fact that their OG Anunoby-led collection of versatile forwards helped key their turnaround from also-ran to legitimate contender with championship aspirations. While Anunoby once again missed large chunks of the season due to some […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Could Raptors be eyeing big trade-up after meeting top prospects?

Could Raptors be eyeing big trade-up after meeting top prospects?

The Toronto Raptors might find it tougher to build through the draft in 2022 than in most seasons, as they only have one second-round selection in the upcoming festivities. That doesn’t mean that Masai Ujiri will throw up his hands and stick at No. 33 overall.  Toronto appears to be eschewing the usual collection of […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The best thing for John Tavares might be to play wing, but that opens up a big hole at center

Last fall I might have been a bit premature in beating the “move John Tavares to wing” drum, and to some extent, a 76 point in 79 game season points to JT doing just fine at center this year so I’ll accept that we weren’t quite there yet. Now things have changed a little. Most significantly there was a spike in GA/60 against the Tavares line this season. There was a notable trend upwards on xGA/60, and a modest increase in CA/60 as well. Defensively a step backward was taken. Tavares’ line was also more offensive, but not enough that it balanced out to a favourable goal differential. While high event hockey is by definition fun, and the Tavares line was getting its chances, the outcomes raise some concerns.
There’s also something to be said for the way Tavares plays the center role. He’s never had much in the way of speed or physicality, two hallmarks of what you’d hope to put in the center of the ice, but his smarts and positi …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

ESPN lists the Blue Jays as one of the teams who would make sense for a Juan Soto trade

The Washington Nationals might soon have another superstar heading out the door in free agency.

Back in 2019, Bryce Harper inked a 13-year, $330 million deal to join the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals wound up winning the World Series the following season while Harper has won an MVP award in Philadelphia.
Next up, Juan Soto is eligible to become a free agent following the 2024 season. The Nationals, who are 12-26 so far this season, tried to ink Soto to a 13-year, $350 million deal, but he declined it and reportedly didn’t find the offer all too impressive.
Over at ESPN, Buster Onley speculated that the Nationals could start to think about the idea of trading Soto this summer. He’s still two full seasons away from hitting free agency but will be due for a big raise this winter as he’s eligible for arbitration for the second time…
At 23 years old, Soto is already a superstar, and there aren’t any comparable examples of hitters of his stature being dealt at such a young age. But rival execs say the Nationals might well be compelled — and motivated — to move Soto this summer.
“If they’re not going to sign him [to a long-term deal], then they’ll need to trade him,” one evaluator said. “The question is: When?”
Olney also noted that the front-office types, which is obviously an incredible vague label, believe that two teams could make sense fo …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Masai Ujiri confirms NBA teams are calling about Raptors assistants

Masai Ujiri confirms NBA teams are calling about Raptors assistants

The Toronto Raptors might be led by Nick Nurse, but they can take pride in having one of the deepest collections of assistant coaches in the league. Adrian Griffin is the big name, but Toronto’s staff is full of coaches that need to eventually get the opportunity to lead a team in the pros. In […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Could Hawks playoff run make Clint Capela a Raptors trade target?

Could Hawks playoff run make Clint Capela a Raptors trade target?

The Toronto Raptors might have made it to the postseason, but they need to make one or two more moves before they can firmly cement themselves as contenders in the Eastern Conference. They need someone like Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela to bolster the frontcourt with some size. While the Raptors are certainly committed to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Magic Johnson compares Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes to himself

Magic Johnson compares Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes to himself

The Toronto Raptors might not be playing well in their series against the Philadelphia 76ers, but it’s hard to do so when rookie sensation Scottie Barnes has been inactive or limited due to injury. Toronto now stands on the brink of getting swept by their division rivals. Barnes has not looked like a rookie at […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ