Useless Trade Speculation: Vol.1

Will there be other volumes? MAYBE!

So this has been rattling around in my head for a few weeks and I figured, if Hot Stove speculation is kicking off, throw another log in the fire. This concept comes with a lot of caveats (as all such speculation does) and I’ll start with those. First, I’m pretending Ohtani (and Judge) are off the table as too expensive. If they surprise us and blow through the tax threshold, great…wonderful…dance in the streets. But I’ve no reason to assume any such future so when I say something like “my favorite target” know that I’m setting those two aside.
Second, if I’m being honest I wouldn’t bat an eye if the only thing they did to the lineup was re-purpose Tapia’s money and roster spot to someone else (I wouldn’t be shocked at all if JBJ ends up back here to handle the defensive tasks). Say, for example, Joc Pederson. Likewise, I’d be copasetic if next year’s opening day bullpen was manned entirely by players already in the organization. I’m not unaware of the “get some swing and miss” narrative nor do I specifically object to shopping in that aisle (Joe Jiminez looks mighty appealing) albeit such a move would require making room by, say, trad …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Examining the Shapiro Era Trades, Part two: The Losses

As a team, you will have your losses here and there. 

On Saturday, we looked at the 19 trades since the Mark Shapiro era started that was considered a win by voters on Twitter. Today, we’ll look at the “losses”
Just a few notes before we begin:
Yes, Shapiro doesn’t make the trades, but they likely run through him. Not just that, but when Mark Shapiro was brought in, so too was Ross Atkins. Hence why I call it the “Shapiro era”.
Secondly, I don’t think most of these were actual losses. So I’ll give my reasoning and context as to why I thought otherwise. Let’s start with the first ever trade of the Shapkins era.
The Liam Hendriks trade:
Fun fact, this is the only trade in any of these articles for which Ross Atkins wasn’t the General Manager.
The Jays traded reliever Liam Hendriks for Jesse Chavez. In 2015, Hendrik had a 2.92 ERA and 2.14 FIP in 64.2 innings pitched. With the Jays in 2016, Chavez had a 4.57 ERA and 4.82 FIP in 41.1 innings pitched. He was later traded to the Dodgers in exchange for Mike Boslinger. On paper, it definitely looks like the Jays lost this trade, but let’s look at the context.
Context:
When we think of Liam Hendriks, we think of one of the best closers in the MLB to this day (and a standup guy). This wasn’t always the case, however. While his ERA and FIP sparkled in 2015, it was by far his best up to that point. Between 2011-2018, Hendriks had a 4.72 ERA and 3.91 FIP in 406.1 innings pitched.
In his first three seasons in Oakland, he had a 4.01 ERA and 3.24 FIP. Fun fa …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

If the Blue Jays qualify Ross Stripling and he accepts, he’ll earn $19.65 million in 2023

Major League Baseball’s qualifying offer will be set at $19.65 million for the 2023 season, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The qualifying offer is just the average of the top 125 highest salaries in baseball, so it generally goes up from year to year. That wasn’t the case last year, though, as the qualifying offer dropped from $18.9 million for the 2021 season to $18.4 million for the 2022 season.
Teams can issue a player a qualifying offer if they’re headed to free agency for the first time. If the player accepts the offer, they’ll be paid that $19.65 million figure on a one-year deal and they can’t be qualified again. If they decline, they’ll head to free agency and their team will receive a compensatory draft pick if they sign elsewhere.
Last year, the Blue Jays issued qualifying offers to Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien, who left to sign multi-year contracts with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers respectively. With their two compensatory draft picks at No. 77 and No. 78 overall, the Blue Jays selected Tucker Toman and Cade Doughty.
This year, the Blue Jays will need to decide whether or not to issue Ross Stripling a qualifying offer. The 32-year-old is eligible to hit free agency for the first time after a season in which he went 10-4 with a 3.01 ERA over 134 1/3 innings as a relie …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Mitch White to start for Blue Jays on Friday, Alek Manoah lined up for Game 162

Mitch White will get the start for the Blue Jays on Friday in Tampa, a move that the team’s coaching staff has made in order to give Alek Manoah some extra rest and to line him up for the final day of the season.

Manager John Schneider said that the team’s priority is finishing as the top wild-card team so that they can host the first round of the playoffs. If that comes down to the final day of the season, Manoah will start. If not, he’ll get more extra rest before the Blue Jays head into the playoffs.
Here’s how the pitching rotation will look the rest of the way, based on the Blue Jays’ plans…
Friday, Sept. 23 vs. Rays: Mitch White
Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. Rays: Alek Manoah
Sunday, Sept. 25 vs. Rays: Ross Stripling
Monday, Sept. 26 vs. Yankees: Kevin Gausman
Tuesday, Sept. 27 vs. Yankees: Jose Berrios
Wednesday, Sept. 28 vs. Yankees: Mitch White/Bullpen Day
Thursday, Sept. 29 – OFF
Friday, Sept. 30 vs. Red Sox: Alek Manoah
Saturday, Oct. 1 vs. Red Sox: Ross Stripling
Sunday, Oct. 2 vs. Red Sox: Kevin Gausman
Monday, Oct. 3 vs. Orioles: Jose Berrios
Tuesday, Oct. 4 vs. Orioles: Mitch White/Bullpen Day
Wednesday, Oct. 5 vs. Orioles: Alek Manoah
Thursday, Oct. 6 – OFF
Friday, Oct. 7 – Wild Card Game 1
Saturday, Oct. 8 – Wild Card Game 2
Sunday, Oct. 9 – Wild Card Game 3
The ideal situation here, of course, is that the Blue Jays have the top wild-card spot locked up before the end of the season and those games against Baltimore in October don’t matter. As it stands right now, the Blue Jays are one game up on Tampa Bay and they play the Rays three more times while t …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

4 Raptors trade targets after missing out on Bojan Bogdanovic

4 Raptors trade targets after missing out on Bojan Bogdanovic

The Toronto Raptors will never turn down the chance to add a player who can help a contending team if they can be acquired without giving up tons of draft capital. With the Utah Jazz shopping Bojan Bogdanovic, there was some speculation that Masai Ujiri had something up his sleeve. That speculation ended Thursday morning, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

4 burning questions Raptors must answer before the season starts

4 burning questions Raptors must answer before the season starts

The Toronto Raptors are coming into what will end up being one of the most pivotal seasons in franchise history with a roster that is somehow both nearly identical to last year and full of questions, considering how much the conference around them has changed. The Raptors brought back their entire rotation from last year, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Pros and Cons of trading Fred VanVleet for Kevin Durant

Raptors: Pros and Cons of trading Fred VanVleet for Kevin Durant

The Toronto Raptors will once again try to prove that they are serious contenders for the services of Kevin Durant. Bringing the disgruntled Brooklyn Nets star to Canada would not only deprive their division rivals of the chance to acquire him, but it would create a big four of KD, Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes, and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Nick Nurse details plan for Malachi Flynn, Dalano Banton

Raptors: Nick Nurse details plan for Malachi Flynn, Dalano Banton

The Toronto Raptors have nine players who will firmly end up in the rotation, but there is still a chance that either Malachi Flynn or Dalano Banton finally breaks out. After a long time in the Toronto developmental pipeline, Nick Nurse may finally get to reap the benefits of these youngsters. While Banton is officially […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 most likely Raptors to make final roster after latest transactions

3 most likely Raptors to make final roster after latest transactions

The Toronto Raptors will once again try to fill out the back end of the roster with a combination of promising young players and veterans looking for one last chance to make it in the pros. Toronto trimmed one last piece of fat after most of the free agency dust settled. The Raptors waived Armoni […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Royals will Miss Ten Players in their adventure to Toronto. What are the implications?

According to Jeff Passan, the Royals will miss ten players in their upcoming series in Canada.

This is the largest number to date as there have only been 25 players unable to play in Canada prior to this upcoming series. While the Royals suck and the Jays should be sweeping them, there are larger implications.

The 10 Kansas City Royals who are not vaccinated and will miss the trip to Toronto are: OF Andrew Benintendi, IF/OF Whit Merrifield, C M.J. Melendez, DH Hunter Dozier, SP Brad Keller, SP Brady Singer, CF Michael A. Taylor, OF Kyle Isbel, RP Dylan Coleman and C Cam Gallagher.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 13, 2022

Since the Royals suck, they’ll be sellers at this upcoming deadline. While there aren’t a lot of players on the Royals I think the Jays should target, there is one guy who I think would help this team tremendously.
Unfortunately, one of those players who is unvaccinated is Andrew Benintendi. The left handed batting outfielder would fit this roster quite well as he’s quite good and would be able to platoon with Loudres Gurriel Jr.
Despite being linked to the Blue Jays by Jon Morosi (so take it with a grain of salt), there is likely no conceivable way that Andrew Benintendi bends his stance to take a small little needle.

The #BlueJays and #Royals are potential trade partners ahead of the Aug. 2 @MLB Trade Deadline. Toronto is among the teams with interest in Andrew Benintendi, and KC has appealing bullpen arms as well. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 29, 2022

I wrote a Meet the Sellers on the Royals back in early June and included Whit Merrifield as someone who the Jays should target. Unfortunately for the Blue Birds, that looks equally unlikely to happen, as Merrifield is also unvaccinated.
So w …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation