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

Danny Jansen activated from Injured List, Gabriel Moreno sent to Triple-A

Danny Jansen will join the Blue Jays as the team opens up a two-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies in Toronto. Gabriel Moreno has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Jansen on the active roster.

ROSTER MOVES:
C Danny Jansen reinstated from 10-day IL and will be active tonight
C Gabriel Moreno optioned to Triple-A pic.twitter.com/CsI0CenUHt
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 12, 2022

There had been some speculation that the Blue Jays might opt to keep all of Jansen, Moreno, and Alejandro Kirk on their active roster in order to utilize Kirk more frequently as a designated hitter, but Moreno will instead go back down to Buffalo where he can be the everyday catcher.
The Blue Jays will maintain the three-man catcher tandem for now, though, as Zack Collins is still on the active roster. Collins has been played sparingly as of late, as he’s made just one appearance since getting recalled a couple of weeks ago.
 
Jansen has been very good this season, slashing a .232/.290/.625 line with seven home runs across 62 plate appearances, but two different injuries have now kept him out of action for two months. Jansen suffered an oblique injury in April and missed one month of play and then a fracture in his hand in June resulted in Jansen going on the shelf for another month.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Mark Shapiro Era Draft Retrospective: 2021

The last article of this series will focus on the 2021 draft, which saw the Jays have two top 100 picks.

The Blue Jays lost their second rounder and some international money due to the signing of George Springer. While this was absolutely worth it, this article may be shorter than the rest in this series.
Due to this article only having two players featured, I included a fourth player in yesterday’s article who the Jays took 106th overall. The link for all previous articles can be found at the bottom of this article.
Gunnar Hoglund:
This section of the article was actually written all the way in early March, as Gunnar Hoglund was going to rank as one of my Top 20 prospects. Unfortunately for me, he was traded ten days after I wrote this, so it’s been sitting on the backburner. I think I’ve finally found a use for it, as Hoglund has yet to return.
Pitching for Ole’ Miss in 2021, Hoglund pitched 62.2 innings and posted a 2.87 ERA with a K/9 of 13.8. However, his BB/9 increased to a high of 2.4 (which isn’t very high.) In mid May 2021, the then 21-year-old suffered a tear in his UCL, resulting in Tommy John surgery. 

all 14 K’s from Gunnar Hoglund’s excellent Friday night vs. ULM: https://t.co/zs27rgY5BO pic.twitter.com/WCtuUFxc2A
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

The Mark Shapiro Era Draft Retrospective: 2020

The penultimate articles in this series will focus on the 2020 draft.

I won’t lie, I will cheat a bit in this article. The Jays only had three top 100 picks in this draft, but their fourth rounder was chosen as the 106th pick. Since there were only two players drafted in the top 100 last season, I’ll include that 106th rounder because he deserves some love.
So what did this draft entail? Unlike the years prior, this draft only had five rounds. This was partly due to COVID, but the MLB was also planning to only have 20 rounds while also removing two different minor leagues (Short Advanced A and Rookie Advanced).
Due to only having five rounds, there weren’t a lot of high schoolers chosen in this draft, in fact, the Jays went with five college players. Let’s take a look at them.
Austin Martin:
At one point, it was speculated that Austin Martin would go first overall in the 2020 draft. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t. It was a surprise to many that he actually dropped to the Blue Jays, who chose him with their fifth overall pick.
Here’s a snippet of Martin’s Baseball America pre-draft scouting report:
Martin has long been one of the favourites for the first overall pick in the 2020 draft. Martin has some of the best pure hitting ability in the class with eye-popping bat speed, excellent contact ability and impressive plate discipline. He is more pur …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Leaflets: What about Bob(rovsky)?, draft thoughts, and more

This is the week. Big stuff will be going down around the NHL and with the Leafs in need of two goaltenders, Toronto has no choice but to be in the thick of it. Today is the deadline for qualifying offers, it’s the last day to put someone on waivers for buyouts, and we don’t have a Leafs prospects camp roster yet. That’s a lot of stuff to tide us over until free agency opens on Wednesday.
The idea of Sergei Bobrovsky as an option seems less crazy
I don’t know if Florida has made their peace with the idea of sticking it out with Bobrovsky, but with a tough salary cap situation in the sunshine state there is a very real possibility that the Panthers will try to clear what they can with Bobrovsky’s contract. While it’s unlikely that the Panthers will be unloading Bobrovsky within their division, I submit to you that Bobrovsky might not be a bad option for the Leafs as a trade option from the third party involved.
Bobrovsky as a $10M AAV goaltender for 4 years has very little appeal. Bobrovsky if he can be brought down to around $5-6M he starts looking like a suitable option, one that has a better recent track record than M …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

2 pleasant surprises from Raptors initial Summer League roster

2 pleasant surprises from Raptors initial Summer League roster

The Toronto Raptors will play their first organized basketball in months when the Las Vegas Summer League properly kicks off. After drafting Christian Koloko and acing the undrafted free agent market, the Raptors are ready to unleash a new crop of young players on the league. The roster has some question marks on it (Why […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ