Meet the Sellers: Minnesota Twins

After a successful 2020 shortened season, it is surprising to see the Minnesota Twins in a seller’s article in 2021. The Twins went 36-24 in 2020, finishing atop the AL Central. In 2021, the team has done a complete 180 and have found themselves near the bottom of the division. They are 12.5 games back of the leading White Sox, struggling with a record of 33-44.

The Twins could have some higher-end players available for trade at this deadline, including their ace. They also have a couple of bullpen arms potentially on the market. Despite the recent deal for Adam Cimber, I think the bullpen could still be addressed. You can never have too many reliable late-inning arms or starting pitchers. The Twins could also have some valuable bats on the market, specifically Nelson Cruz, but I do not see a fit for any of the bats the Twins could trade. 
According to MLB.com, the Minnesota Twins still have the 12th best farm system in baseball and getting more impact prospects will improve an already young nucleus that includes Byron Buxton and Alex Kirilloff, just to name a couple.
Here are some players that fill the Blue Jays’ needs…
Tyler Duffey
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Author: Eric Lightfoot / Blue Jays Nation

Matthews’ status still up in the air as Leafs play afternoon game against Flames

After a surprising win against the Edmonton Oilers without Auston Matthews in the lineup, the Leafs go on their first big road trip of the season, kicking it off with back-to-back games against Calgary. Today is the first of the two, and the Leafs look to keep the winning ways going in a division that’s already starting to show it’s true contenders and pretenders.
The Flames enter the game having not played in six days, but with only three games played, they are currently undefeated in regulation, thanks to back-to-back wins against the Vancouver Canucks. The usual suspects have been leading the way for them, as Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, and Sean Monahan lead the team in scoring with 4 points, while players like Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund have been the usual possession monsters that they always are.
We still have no word as to whether or not Auston Matthews will play this afternoon, but I’m sure Friday’s win makes Keefe feel a little bit more confident about giving him more rest if it’s needed. That said, Calgary is a much tougher and deeper team than Edmonton, so he will still be very much needed.


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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

David Warsofsky placed on waivers

Today, Leafs fans got some very surprising news.

David Warsofsky (TOR) on waivers. No one claimed from yesterday
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 1, 2021

Not surprising in that we were shocked with the actual news. No, it’s surprising because I don’t think anybody knew we had a player named David Warsofsky on the team.
But, he’s actually been on the team for more than four months, because he was a random piece in the Kasperi Kapanen trade back in Ausgust. While there were much bigger pieces moving around in that trade (most notably the 1st round pick and Filip Hallander), Warsofsky was another piece of the deal, mostly just to keep both teams contracts below the 50 player max.
The 30 year old defenseman was drafted 95th overall by the St. Louis Blues, although he never played for them as his rights were traded to Boston for Vladimir Sobotka. He made his NHL debut in 2013-14 with the Bruins, and has played in parts of 5 NHL seasons, garnering 55 games and 11 points, as well as four playoff games with no points.
This isn’t really a move that significantly impacts the Leafs a ton. They already have eight or nine defensemen capable …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Are we sure 2021 cap space is the way to build the Toronto Raptors?

With the current iteration of the Toronto Raptors surprising everyone outside of the team itself, we may have to rethink the future 2021 cap space strategy. The Toronto Raptors were heavily written off before the start of the 2019-20 NBA season. Now, with a 42-18 record under their belt, a franchise-best win streak of 15 […]
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Author: Andrew Hughes / Raptors HQ

Muzzin contract picking up steam, Leafs sort of linked to Josh Manson

There’s been a somewhat surprising amount of Muzzin contract talk over the last week or so since he bounced back from his stint on injured reserve. And I say somewhat surprising because we haven’t heard any of the same rumblings with Tyson Barrie, a right-shot who is younger and also set to go to free agency this summer.
It’s been Muzzin getting all the attention, and that seems to be ramping up to the point where a new contract extension looks almost imminent. The latest in this situation was brought about by Bob McKenzie last night on Insider Trading:
Well there’s no question ‘s on record saying he’d like to come back and stay with the Toronto Maple Leafs. And I think there’s no question, I think, that the Toronto Maple Leafs want back, for both sides, under the right set of circumstances.
We reported last week that there have been some preliminary discussions. We expect that to pick up in the days to come, when there is an expectation that the Leafs management will be meeting with Muzzin’s rep to try and further those …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Mighty Yankees fall to Grichuk, Blue Jays in penultimate meeting

In yet another surprising turn of events, the Blue Jays (now 59-91) miraculously took two of three from the 98-53 Yankees this weekend, finishing off with a 4-2 record against New York and Boston this week. With timely hitting and (occasionally) flashy defence, the Blue Jays sharply manoeuvred their way through the iron wall that is the New York Yankees roster, despite having numerous players struggle heavily throughout.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from this weekend’s Yankees-Blue Jays series at Rogers Centre:
The Good
Bo Bichette (5-for-10, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB) had himself another fantastic series, with Brandon Drury (3-for-8, 3 R, 2 2B) shockingly contributing offensively as well. Elsewhere in the lineup, Randal Grichuk (4-for-12, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI) had a monster finale, and the duo of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (2-for-3, 2B) and Richard Urena (2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI) was productive as well, despite Urena making a sloppy fielding error Sunday.
On the mound, Jason Adam (0.1 IP, H, 0 R/ER), Buddy Boshers (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, BB), Wilmer Font (3.0 IP, H, R/ER, 4 SO, W), Sam Gaviglio (3.0 IP, H, 0 R/ER, 4 SO), and Ken Giles (2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, SO, SV) all pitched well …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation