Why Chris Boucher could be Raptors’ most tradable asset in 2023

Why Chris Boucher could be Raptors’ most tradable asset in 2023

The Toronto Raptors need to give their roster quite the system shock in the next few weeks, as they have to pivot away from their “Vision 6-9” identity and set themselves up for success in the modern NBA. Such a move could lead to Chris Boucher getting tossed to the wayside. Boucher started the season […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

New Year’s Wishlist (part two): Looking at which free agent relievers are a fit for the Blue Jays

Do the Blue Jays need an additional reliever? I won’t lie, probably not.

However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t looking for an additional high-leverage reliever with a penchant for strikeouts, or another left-handed reliever. For example, they were (and still could be) in on Liam Hendriks from the Chicago White Sox.

#BlueJays interested in Liam Hendriks
— MLBScoops (@mlb_scoops) December 22, 2022

So in part two of my New Year’s wish list, we’ll look at some remaining relievers on the free agent market to determine if they’re a good fit for the 2023 Blue Jays.
The state of the bullpen:
The bullpen is full of depth heading into the 2023 season. It’s headlined by Jordan Romano, Anthony Bass, and Erik Swanson. However, they also have a mix of Zach Pop, Trevor Richards, one of Yusei Kikuchi or Mitch White, Tim Mayza, Adam Cimber, and countless more names. I wrote an article about this here (before the Swanson deal.)
The state of the bullpen is in a good spot, but one hopes they look to add a high-leverage guy with a high K%, or a second left-handed pitcher depending on the plan with Kikuchi.
With that being said, they make additional moves, but if they don’t, there’s no reason to panic, as they also have a ton of relief prospects such as Nate Pearson, Hagen Danner, Adrián Hernández, Bowden Francis, Brandon Eisert, and more. You can read the relief prospect article here.
Without further ado, let’s look at some names they could look to bring in.
Will Smith (the left-handed reliever, not the catcher or slap man):
Starting off with a left-handed reliever who has done a good job striking out batters over his career (28.7 K%), we have Will Smith. As the header points out, I’m not discussing the Los Angeles catcher Will Smith, nor am I discussing the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors rumors: Toronto still showing interest in Myles Turner

Raptors rumors: Toronto still showing interest in Myles Turner

For the last few seasons, every team in need of rim protection, the Toronto Raptors included, have tried to get the Indiana Pacers to give up on Myles Turnehasith the Pacers projected to be in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes at the beginning of the season, Turner appeared to be as good as gone. Things changed […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Scottie Barnes demolishes Nikola Vucevic with Space Jam-esque slam

Scottie Barnes demolishes Nikola Vucevic with Space Jam-esque slam

Scottie Barnes and the Toronto Raptors are going to need a unified, collaborative effort from all of their big names if they are going to replace the standout play of Pascal Siakam in the next few weeks. Barnes stepping up and playing like a No. 4 overall pick would certainly be a big help. While […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Goaltending is number one priority for Maple Leafs ahead of free agency

The Maple Leafs need to find two goaltenders between now and October 12th.
It was an interesting day one at the NHL Draft on Thursday — mostly because many were interested to see what Toronto was going to do with their first-round pick. And as you already know, Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas traded the 25th to Chicago, along with Petr Mrazek, in exchange for the 38th pick.
Toronto was confident that they’d get their guy in the second round and it turns out they likely did, drafting Fraser Minten with Chicago’s pick. They shed the salary of Mrazek while moving down 13 spots and still got the player they wanted. I guess you could call it tidy business.
Now, though, with the first in-person draft since 2019 finished, the Maple Leafs have a massive task at hand — finding two NHL goaltenders.
One of the most difficult parts to this situation is whether or not Toronto will retain Jack Campbell. There’s plenty of rumours stating his time with the Maple Leafs could likely be over, but with the Mrazek move, it gives them more cap space to see if they can make it work.
Signing Campbell would be one half of the puzzle because Toronto needs another goaltender. However, according to the Maple Leafs GM, the second netminder could come from inside the organization.
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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

3 burning questions as Raptors begin Summer League play

3 burning questions as Raptors begin Summer League play

The Toronto Raptors need to take a brief pause from chasing Kevin Durant as they try to once again impress the rest of the league in Summer League competition. With how development-centric Toronto’s culture is, these exhibitions in Vegas will be critical to see how the young players are progressing. Last year was a Summer […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ