Report: Toronto Blue Jays offered Brett Gardner a one-year, $6-million contract

In an effort to try and round out their batting order, the Toronto Blue Jays reportedly offered lefty Brett Gardner a one-year, $6-million deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports.

Gardner, 38, has spent his entire 14-year career with the New York Yankees and the offer from the Jays came after the lockout ended, Rosenthal reported citing unnamed sources.
He appeared in 140 games last year for the Yankees slashing .222/.327/.367 while smashing 10 home runs and 39 RBI’s.
If Brett Gardner is going to play again, it likely will only be for the Yankees, the team that drafted him in the third round out of the College of Charleston in 2005. And now that the Yankees seemingly have moved on from the free-agent outfielder, it appears his 14-year career might be over.
Gardner, 38, turned down a one-year, $6 million offer from the Blue Jays after the conclusion of the lockout, sources said. More recently, the Braves gauged his interest after learning outfielder Eddie Rosario would miss eight-to-12 weeks while recovering from a laser procedure to correct blurred vision and swelling in his right eye. Gardner declined to pursue the opportunity.
If this is it for Gardner, he will retire with 1,470 hits, 274 stolen bases and 139 home runs. He appeared in 140 or more games 10 times, including what might have been his final season in 2021. A World Series champion in 2009, All-Star in 2015 and Gold Glove winner in 2016, he also tied for the American League lead with 49 stol …

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors rumors: Goran Dragic-Danilo Gallinari trade discussed

Raptors rumors: Goran Dragic-Danilo Gallinari trade discussed

The Toronto Raptors are trying to make a move in order to beef up the bench at the trade deadline, and trading away veteran point guard Goran Dragic might be the best way to make that happen. Could they potentially coax the Atlanta Hawks into parting ways with Danilo Gallinari? Dragic has played in just […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Burke: The Canucks wanted Kadri, Gardiner, and two first-round picks for Luongo in 2013

In order to help us all kill time, Brian Burke did a Q&A on Twitter on Thursday night, fielding questions from fans about his time as an executive in the league. One of the more interesting tidbits that came out of this was Burke admitting truth behind all of the Luongo to the Leafs rumours from a few years ago.

We were all in hard on Luongo around the time when I got fired. The price would have come down to a lot but we were in the mix. They asked for Gardiner, Kadri and two firsts. Way too step, even for @strombone1
— Brian Burke (@Burkie2020) April 3, 2020

So, as Burke says, this happened around the time he got fired, which was in mid-January of 2013, right before the start of the lockout-shortened season. The previous season, the Leafs had missed the season by a pretty wide margin. A key reason for that was the goaltending group of Jonas Gustavsson, James Reimer, Ben Scrivens, and Jussi Rynnas combined for a .900 save percentage.
On the other side of the country, the Canucks had a goaltending controversy on their hands. Cory Schneider had put together …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Richard Ureña optioned to make room on the 25-man roster for Clay Buchholz

Th Clay Buchholz era begins tomorrow. In order to make room to officially add the veteran starter to the roster, the Blue Jays have reportedly optioned infielder Richard Ureña to Triple-A Buffalo.

#BlueJays optioning INF Richard Urena to AAA to make room for Clay Buchholz tomorrow.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) April 13, 2019

This is a little odd given the fact Ureña was actually hitting. He has a .350/.381/.500 slash line over 23 plate appearances in seven games playing second, third, and short. I mean, it’s a ridiculously small sample size, but Ureña has been doing well at the plate thus far.
The logic here is likely Ureña will benefit more from playing every day in Buffalo while the Jays give newly-acquired Alan Hansen a serious look as the team’s utility infielder. With Hansen on the roster, it was harder to find reps for Ureña.
If Hansen sucks ass and Ureña continues to hit in Triple-A, I’m sure the latter will come back up eventually.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation