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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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Episode 44: [Season Finale] The Roller Coaster Season

October 2, 2014

It was a roller coaster ride that lasted 162 games.

In the end, the Blue Jays finished third in the American League East, with a record of 83-79.

Not bad, but not good enough to make the playoffs.

@Minor_Leaguer of BluebirdBanter.com looks back at the Jays’ 2014 season and also discusses his recent legal issue with the Major League Baseball Players Association.

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So, I have a crazy idea…

July 8, 2014

Going forward:

C – Navarro
1B – EE (when he comes off the DL)
2B – Lawrie (ditto)
SS – Reyes
3B – Joey Bats
LF – Melky
CF – Colby
RF – Alfonso Soriano

DH/Back-up Catcher/Bench – Lind, Thole, Francisco, Tolleson, Kratz

Wait! Before you start throwing spoiled fruit and veggies at me, let me explain.

1. Bautista has played third in the past. Not ideal, but until AA acquires a quality second or third baseman, this is a suitable option. If the hamstring is an issue, have Bats DH and Francisco play 3B.

2. Facing a right hander, both Lind and Francisco are suitable at DH and could also be used as left-hitting pinch hitters late in a game.

3. Facing a left hander, Kratz could DH or be that right-hitting pinch hitter late. Plus, he’s a better option as the back-up catcher than Thole.

4. As long as RAD is on the roster, so is Thole (for now). Just accept it and move on.

5. Tolleson can play infield and outfield. That gives him the edge over Kawasaki.

6. Yes, Soriano’s number aren’t great. However, as noted by Baseball-Reference.com, he’s managed to keep his OPS at .700 or better since 2001. To me, that makes him a better option than Cole Gillespie and Nolan Reimold. Of course, if Reimold turns into his 2009 form, this is all a moot point.

NOW…If the Blue Jays do pick up a quality second or third baseman, then Bautista goes back to right field, Lawrie goes where he’s needed, Soriano can DH and/or PH and Kratz gets sent down.

Not perfect, but it could help.

Eric aka @TheHek

Episode 37: May Was Better

July 3, 2014

The All-Star break is approaching.

MopUpDuty.com’s Callum Hughson looks back at the Blue Jays’ performance in June and shares his thoughts on how they can stay afloat.

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Episode 33: A Nation of Frustration

May 8, 2014

The North Side of The Diamond‘s Rob Hill chats about his recent article: Why this year was the best shot for the Blue Jays…& how they blew it

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Episode 32: Good, Bad and Ugly

April 24, 2014

Early on, the Blue Jays have given their fans plenty to cheer and groan about.

Andrew Hendriks of the Canadian Baseball Network discusses the good and bad (and ugly) parts of the Jays’ season thus far.

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Episode 19: The Melky Way

May 23, 2013

Nick Hansen of Back In Blue discusses why the Jays can’t beat the Yankees, Melky Cabrera’s performance of late, pre-season predictions and much more.

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