J.A. Happ Round Three?

We all want the Blue Jays to make some pitching additions this off-season. Perhaps adding somebody from the New York Yankees? Maybe a left-handed starter?

Apparently, according to Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in doing exactly that, though it isn’t the Yankee lefty you’re probably hoping for.
Nope, not James Paxton to satisfy your need for CanCon. The Blue Jays have shown interest in old friend J.A. Happ.

Sources: #BlueJays interested in free agent LHP J.A. Happ, who had two prior tenures with the club: 2012-2014 and 2016-2018. Happ, 38, ranked fourth in ERA+ this year among free-agent pitchers who threw at least 40 IP. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 22, 2020

Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling mentioned the possibility of the Jays circling back to Happ as a veteran pitching addition last week, so it isn’t all too big of a surprise to see his name mentioned here. Also, it seems the Jays are checking in with literally everyone so this might not mean anything.
Anyways, J.A. Happ, Round Three? Why not, I guess?
This obviously wouldn’t be the top-of-the-rotation upgrade we’re all hoping for, but Happ is still a fairly …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Limp offence and questionable management decisions cost the Blue Jays in the rubbermatch

Strong pitching, limp bats, puzzling decisions, and a late-game bullpen meltdown. Ladies and gents, your 2020 Toronto Blue Jays.

Things worth mentioning…

Coming into the game, the big draw was Nate Pearson making the second start of his career after a brilliant debut in Washington last week. Things didn’t go quite so well for Pearson this time largely due to some issues with his command, but he still showed incredibly promising signs of what makes him such a good pitcher.
Pearson went five innings, scattering three earned runs. Two of those runs came directly from some poor command. In the first inning, he walked Dansby Swanson on four pitches and Freddie Freeman golfed a two-run homer immediately after. In the fourth, Marcell Ozuna hit a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch before eventually scoring on a sac fly.

But still, the positive here is that, despite not having his best command, Pearson was still able to put together a strong start for the Blue Jays. Atlanta mustered just two hits off of him over five innings and he struck out five. Pearson’s best moment of the night came when he made Johan Camargo, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Let’s make a deal for David Price and Andrew Benintendi

Starting pitching and the outfield are the two most glaring needs on the Blue Jays roster this offseason. If they get creative, they could fill both voids (or at least part of that void) in one fell swoop.
Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly a team looking to subtract. Yes, it’s this bizarre phenomenon among contending teams who are aiming to get under the luxury tax threshold. The Red Sox are projected to run a $211 million payroll in 2020, which exceeds the $208 million threshold.
Alex Speier of the Boston Globe laid out why the Red Sox are ultra-motivated to get under that $208 million threshold in 2020; because it will reset their penalty structure and could save them $90 to $100 million over the next three seasons.
The Toronto Blue Jays, meet the Boston Red Sox. Let’s make a deal, shall we?
The Red Sox have five players making more than $20 million in 2020. The Blue Jays have a need for starting pitching, but they could sorely use some help in the outfield. The Red Sox need salary relief; the Blue Jays need players; so why not send David Price and Andrew Benintendi over to the Blue Jays?
Price has three …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

Is Anthony Kay on his way up?

According to the Buffalo Bisons’ official website, pitching prospect Anthony Kay (acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman deal) has been placed on the Temporary Inactive List. This could mean that Kay will be called up to the Blue Jays in the near future.

I mean, he could have been placed on the Temporary Inactive List for a wealth of different reasons, but the Jays have frequently used this option this season when bouncing players up and down from different levels. It allows them to find another pitcher for the Bisons to temporarily replace Kay while also not immediately adding him to the Major League roster, which, of course, would require a player to be sent down.
Kay last pitched for Buffalo on Aug. 27, meaning his next scheduled start on regular rest would be on Sunday, Sept. 1. The Jays have announced that Trent Thornton will start against Houston on Friday and Clay Buchholz will start Saturday but they haven’t yet said who will start the series finale on Sunday. It makes some sense for Kay to either get the start or come in after an opener.

#BlueJays starters this weekend vs. Houston Astros, per Charlie Montoyo.
Friday: Trent …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Here are a bunch of pitchers in the Blue Jays’ system to get hyped about

Pitching, at its best, is a beautiful ruthless painting that deserves to be hung on a wall for people to stare at for hours. The grip. Deception. The wind up. Release. It is splashed paint all around home, sometimes it’s anarchy, pure chaos, and sometimes it’s precision.
Precise. Perfect. Powerful. Beauty.
I’ve spent hours this summer documenting the farm system, taking in the minor air, and here is a collection of my favourite pitches in the system, in no particular order.
Joey Murray’s ‘Invisiball’

There is nothing under-the-radar about Joey Murray! pic.twitter.com/gHIgpZZHtP
— Ryan D (@RyanDifrancesco) August 14, 2019

Tyler Murray, the voice of the Fisher Cats, said during a broadcast that Joey Murray’s fastball is known as the ‘invisible fastball’ because of his high spin rate. He spins the red stitching on the baseball, until all 108 double stitches disappear. Hitters aren’t able to pick up what it is and that is why they are unable to connect on it even though it sits in the low 90s. It’s deceptive. It can’t be read.

Joey Murray’s ‘invisiball’. pic.twitter.com/XwXUKsPG68
— Ryan D (@RyanDifrancesco) August 8, 2019

All of Kirby Snead’s Spin

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Author: Ryan Di Francesco / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays sign Neil Ramirez, claim Zack Godley

The Blue Jays’ Major League pitching depth took a massive hit as the team blew things up at the trade deadline, selling off Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini, David Phelps, and Daniel Hudson. Charlie Montoyo is now being tasked with navigating late innings with Derek Law in high-leverage situations and guys who you’ve never heard of like Buddy Boshers next in line.

Long story short, the Jays are in need of some more band-aids to fill holes as the team casually rolls to the end of the season.

#BlueJays have signed 30-year-old right-hander Neil Ramirez to a minor-league deal. Slated to start ramping up with High-A Dunedin after pitching to a 5.40 ERA across 16.2 innings with Cleveland earlier this year.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) August 7, 2019

The Jays have apparently inked Neil Ramirez to a minor-league deal to help add some much-needed depth to the bullpen. Ramirez has pitched 16 2/3 unspectacular innings with Cleveland this season and was granted his release from the organization a few days ago. He’ll report to Single-A Dunedin where I imagine he’ll be stretched out a little bit in order to help gobble up innings at the Major League level.

Zack Godley has been claimed …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Getting to know Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson

The Toronto Blue Jays are getting two pitching prospects in return for their ace Marcus Stroman. Whether or not it’s an agreeable return for one the best pitchers the Jays have had recently, it’s done and now Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson are in the prospect pool.
These are two arms that were rated in the top-10 of the Mets’ system, but their whole pool has been a mess since the promotion of Alonso and don’t have any shiny names within it. Looking at this trade as broadly as possible, acquiring a pitcher that most likely will be in Toronto in 2020 and also a high-ceiling teenage pitcher in return for Stroman isn’t as bad as some are making it.
Depends on what the quality of the two pitchers end up being, but that’s with every trade involving prospects. All we have now to do is now wait and see with these two arms.
LHP Anthony Kay
Kay, 24, is 9th within the Mets system, according to Fangraphs rankings. The starter has been promoted to the next level quickly — going from Single-A to Triple-A in just two quick years.
Drafted 31st-overall in 2016, his time in the minors …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Nate Pearson destroyed hopes and dreams in Double-A last night

The surging pitching prospect has burst into the mainstream with dominant performances at the Futures Game during All-Star weekend and constantly missing bats in the minors, but last night he took his dominance to a whole different level.
In his 12th start since being promoted to Double-A New Hampshire, Pearson threw a total of 5 and 2/3 innings and didn’t allow a single hit while punching out eight batters. If you just think of an ideal statline that would show hype and potential in a pitching prospect, Pearson’s line from last night was even better.
While striking-out eight and not allowing a hit is sensational, Pearson’s fastball was touching 101 MPH and stayed consistently within 97-98 MPH. That velocity earned him to allow only a single walk on the night as well.
Not only does his stats from the night look amazing, his pitches were a thing of pure baseball beauty.

Nate Pearson’s final K of the night is a beautiful break, a little sweep to the outside, it’s…just awesome. pic.twitter.com/Ds1yHdpeV5
— Ryan D (@RyanDifrancesco) July 25, 2019

Not only can Pearson blast the ball with some of the highest velocity in the minors, but he …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Indians pitchers shut down Blue Jay bats in tightly tossed battle at Rogers Centre

Perpetually spectacular pitching, thy name is Cleveland.
In an unsurprising sequence of events, the Cleveland Indians, owners of one of baseball’s most competent and consistent pitching staffs, quieted the Blue Jays bats in a swift three-game series at Rogers Centre this week. Led valiantly by Shane Bieber, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Wednesday, the Indians left Toronto with a pair of well-earned victories.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from this week’s tilts against the Tribe:
The Good
With the team only managing to put five runs on the board the entire series, offensive positives were hard to find. Still, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (4-for-8, 2B, 2 BB) shone, albeit quietly, while Justin Smoak (3-for-10, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB) had a clutch middle game, perhaps single-handedly winning the game for the Blue Jays.
Marcus Stroman (7.0 IP, 5 H, R/ER, BB, 6 SO, L) was fantastic in the finale, which could possibly be his last start in a Blue Jays uniform, while relievers Joe Biagini (2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 SO), Ken Giles (1.0 IP, H, 0 R/ER, BB, SO, W), Derek Law (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER), and David Phelps (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 SO) …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays acquire Wilmer Font from Mets

Pitching depth has been a recurring theme in 2019 for the Blue Jays. What started out to seem like a surprisingly solid group of pitchers has turned into wondering who will even pitch in the next game for Toronto.Management addressed this shallow staff and have added right-handed Wilmer Font from the Mets to add at least some stability to the bullpen.

OFFICIAL: We’ve acquired RHP Wilmer Font from the @Mets in exchange for cash considerations. pic.twitter.com/9cQVASyT8c
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 17, 2019

Font has appeared in a total of 25 games for both the Rays and the Mets this season, while starting three. Acquired via trade in early May by the Mets, he was recently designated for assignment before getting traded to Toronto.
Through 45 innings in 2019, he has been striking out batters at a 8.40 K/9 rate while walking 3.6 per nine. His 5.20 ERA correlates correctly to his 5.57 FIP, allowing a high number of runs compared to the average major-leaguer.
But the Jays are just sending over cash in this deal, a very low-risk move to just get some player on the 25-man before the complete teardown happens prior to the July 31 trading deadline. Ken Giles and Daniel Hudson are …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation