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Re. Ben Revere and Mark Lowe

August 2, 2015

AA and the front office had one hell of a week. Just before the deadline, the Jays made three trades on Friday.

With that in mind…here are my thoughts in 100 words or less:

Felix Doubront – A temporary fix. He started well, but struggled in his last few starts. Best of luck to him in Oakland.

Mark Lowe – I’m going to chalk up his performance on Saturday to nerves. I’m hoping it was a one-off because he was putting up great numbers in Seattle this season.

Ben Revere – Here’s a guy who was playing against the Blue Jays just a few short days ago. Good numbers and a better option for LF than the Valencia/Colabello/Carrera/(and sometimes) Goins platoon.

The picture below sums up my feelings about the past week. For the record, I’m kicking myself for leaving out LaTroy Hawkins ๐Ÿ˜‰

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ER

Re. Tulo/Reyes

July 28, 2015

So I woke up this morning and discovered the Blue Jays acquired five-time all-star and two-time gold glove winner, Troy Tulowitzki. Once again, AA throws a breaking ball that no one saw coming. Here’s my two cents on the trade:

Tulo – Definitely an upgrade at the shortstop position. We all know what he’s capable of at the plate. In 87 games with the Rockies this season, Tulo is batting .300 and has an OPS of .818. Yes, his health concerns me, but Tulo’s production drowns out that fear.

LeTroy Hawkins – He’s a serviceable reliever. His career numbers are decent and his output the last few seasons was pretty good. His veteran presence will be very helpful for Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna.

Jose Reyes – ย There were things I liked about Reyes and there were things that rubbed me the wrong way. I loved his persona and speed; a good fit for the leadoff spot. His defense was becoming a concern and I always cringed when he swung at the first pitch. ย He also lost a chuck of time due to injuries.

Reyes was a great player, who wasn’t as great as he was with the New York Mets. Sadly, he may fall into the same category as Phil Kessel: Put up good numbers, but not good enough to satisfy high expectations and the salary he was earning.

Hoffman, Castro, Tinoco – They’ll either become all-stars or complete busts. There’s no way of knowing for sure.

Overall, it’s a good trade. I love the addition of Tulo! However, they still need a starter. Here’s hoping AA makes another move before Friday’s deadline.

ER

Episode 53: The Magic Tonic

July 23, 2015

There’s no denying the Blue Jays have one of the best – if not the best – batting lineups in the league.

But for the team to make the playoffs, they will need consistent performances from the pitching staff.

Michael Wray of JaysJournal.com joins DNJT to discuss Aaron Sanchez’s move to the bullpen and what could potentially happen as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

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Hutch, mid-catch. (Instagram.com/the_hek)

Episode 52: Halfway Home

July 9, 2015

The all-star break is just around the corner. It’s a perfect time to assess all the highs and lows the Blue Jays have given us thus far.

April Whitzman joins DNJT to look back at the Jays’ first half.

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Why, yes. It is a good time for a break.

Episode 50: Getting It Done

June 11, 2015

The Blue Jays have been playing an exciting brand of baseball lately. They’re looking like a team that plays in the “Get It Done” league.

Nick Hansen stops by to chat about pitching, Jose Reyes, Josh Donaldson and more.

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Everything is beautiful these days ;)

Everything is beautiful these days ๐Ÿ˜‰

Re. Melky, Happ & Saunders

December 4, 2014

Can’t say I’m surprised the Blue Jays are no longer competing for Melky Cabrera’s services. AA never seemed optimistic about bringing him back.

After a PED suspension in 2012 and surgery to remove a tumour from his spine in 2013, Melky had a banner year and proved he was still a valuable asset. He lined himself up for a big pay day and the Jays just couldn’t come up with an agreeable figure.

As for the trade, I have mixed feelings.

During the 2013 World Baseball Classic, I remember a commentator predicting a big season for Michael Saunders. It didn’t happen and he hasn’t reached his potential yet. Mike Wilner suggested that’s due to playing in not-so hitter-friendly Safeco Field.

Saunders’ career numbers are far from spectacular and he’s had trouble staying healthy. Perhaps a change of scenery and playing in hitter-friendly Skydome will turn things around for him.

J.A. Happ was a serviceable fifth starter. I don’t mind that the Jays sent him to Seattle. However, this trade was addition by subtraction. AA added a leftfielder by subtracting from the rotation.

Yes, Aaron Sanchez or Daniel Norris could fill Happ’s spot; but a starting rotation featuring three pitchers (Stro, Hutch and Sanchez/Norris) who haven’t pitched more than three big league seasons each is unsettling.

Then again, you don’t need experience to be talented. And of course, AA is likely not finished.

ER

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Bright days ahead?

Hello Josh Donaldson, Goodbye Brett Lawrie

November 29, 2014

So much for a quiet Friday night.

It’s hard to imagine Brett Lawrie wearing an Oakland uniform. He was the Canadian kid playing for Canada’s team. But that marketing ploy went out the window once Russell Martin joined the team.

Of course, Lawrie’s nationality had nothing to do with the trade.

In retrospect, Brett Lawrie was a great infielder and an inconsistent hitter. I admired his energy and passion, although that same energy and passion got him into trouble sometimes; not to mention some stints on the DL. Perhaps he’ll find some consistency at the O.Co Coliseum.

I realize some fans are upset about losing Lawrie, but here’s the important item to remember: Josh Donaldson is a major upgrade.

Donaldson’s stats on Baseball-Reference.com do not lie. Over the last two seasons, he’s hit 20-plus homeruns and collected 90-plus RBIs per year. In addition, his batting average for 2013 and 2014 was above the .250 mark.

Another crucial stat from Baseball-Reference.com: Donaldson played 158 games each season. That’s something Lawrie could not do (107 in 2013, just 70 in 2014).

Obviously, this is a good trade for the Blue Jays. They get a talented third baseman in exchange for a third baseman who may or may not reach his full potential. Oakland also picks up three players (Nolin, Graveman and Berreto) who may or may not have productive big league careers.

Say what you want about AA. At least he’s rolling the dice and making an effort this offseason.

It’s funny. Back in 2010-2011, I was excited about the core group of young players on the Jays’ roster: JPA, Lawrie, Travis Snider, Ricky Romero, etc.

With the exception of Romero, who’s still toiling in AAA, all those young players are no longer with the team.

ER


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