Posted tagged ‘trade deadline’

Short, scribbled thoughts about J.A. Happ

July 17, 2018

I’m thrilled Mr. Happ is representing the Blue Jays at the All-Star Game. In a season that’s been on a steep decline since late April, there have been very few positive story arcs. J.A. Happ is one of those arcs.

As he prepares to stand with the game’s best at Nationals Park, I’ve been reminiscing about his two tenures with the Jays.

I’ve been thinking about the attempt to put him in the bullpen when he first arrived in 2012. Happ put his foot down and argued he was a starter. Ultimately, he was not wrong.

I’ve been thinking about that scary night at Tropicana Field when a line drive struck the side of his head. He recovered, thank goodness.

I’ve been thinking about how some freaked out when he came back to the team as a free agent. Getting Happ instead of resigning David Price was an outrage to certain fans.

I’ve been thinking about Happ’s 20 wins in 2016. Yes, that stat is no longer a sexy accomplishment. However, that 2016 team would not have succeeded without the triple threat of Happ, Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada.

I’ve been thinking about milk in a bag. 😁😁😁

The first chapter was noteworthy and the second one – quite successful – will likely conclude before the end of the month. There might even be a third chapter.

Regardless, I sincerely hope he makes a positive contribution wherever he winds up. Fingers are crossed for a World Series ring.

ER

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Hate to admit it, but I’ve made peace with the 2017 Blue Jays

July 13, 2017

The consensus was unanimous: The four remaining series before the all-star break would give a strong indication of whether the Blue Jays would be buyers or sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline.

Baltimore came in and the Jays made Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez look like Cy Young and Walter Johnson.

The Red Sox were next and they steamrolled their way to a three-game sweep.

So the Jays flew to New York and took two out of three from the Yankees. A pleasant surprise to say the least.

Finally, it was time to face Houston. While splitting a four-game series against the best team in MLB is certainly a positive, it was the weirdest split I have ever seen. Two wins that featured strong pitching and clutch swings. Two losses where they were completely out-classed and out-matched by the Astros.

So what does it all mean?

The pessimists feel the window of opportunity has closed and it’s time to “blow it up.” The optimists feel they still have a fighting chance. They will also point to the trade deadline of 2015, when the team was hovering around the .500 mark before AA acquired Tulo and David Price.

I find myself in the middle of these conflicting opinions; and while I choose not to fully commit to one side, I have reached a more comforting consensus:

I have made peace with the 2017 Blue Jays.

Making peace means that I accept the high probability that they won’t make the playoffs. It also means that I accept that there will likely be some form of re-tooling or rebuilding and key pieces from the 2015 and 2016 playoff runs could be traded.

Making peace is my way of softening the blow. It allows me to be disappointed, but not overly upset. If the Jays flounder their way to the end of the regular season, I will still be able to enjoy the matches.

I guess one could call it self-preservation. It is definitely not the right way of handling things; nor is it the wrong way. It’s just my way.

Of course, I hope I’m wrong and the Jays go an incredible run in the second half. But if that doesn’t happen – and a strong argument could be made that things will not get better – then I’m ready for it without any anger or frustration.

Just remember: Nothing is truly guaranteed.

ER

Short, scribbled thoughts on Melvin Upton Jr. and Joaquin Benoit

July 27, 2016

Originally, this post was solely about Melvin Upton Jr. 

I intended to say that while Upton is certainly helpful, he doesn’t solve their main concerns.

But then, Joaquin Benoit was picked up in exchange for Drew Storen and…well…everything got scrapped.

Anyway…

I understand why Upton was acquired. I realize what his role will likely be this season and next. I have no problem with the trade. 

Benoit’s ERA is concerning, but he’s put up good numbers since 2010. Perhaps a change of scenery will be beneficial. 

These trades are a good start, but they are not magical cures. Rest assured, Mr. Shapiro and Mr. Atkins are (hopefully) not finished. 

ER 

Episode 70: Bagged Milk and Contract Extensions

July 21, 2016

J.A. Happ opens up, Justin Smoak’s new contract has fans scratching their heads and the rotation has much to debate about.

Ian Hunter – aka The Blue Jay Hunter – stops by to discuss these things and more.

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Episode 54: Best Week Ever!

August 6, 2015

There’s no need to pinch yourself because it wasn’t a dream. David Price and Troy Tulowitzki are now playing for the Blue Jays.

Joanna Cornish of HumandChuck.com joins DNJT to look back at what has been one of the most exciting non-waiver deadlines in Jays history.

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Lining up for a big finish!

Lining up for a big finish!

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 😉

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ER

Re. David Price

July 31, 2015

I don’t need to put out a long-winded post about Thursday’s blockbuster trade. You’ve probably read plenty of those already. So I will just say the following:

I badly wanted the Blue Jays to get David Price last year at this time. I badly wanted the Blue Jays to get David Price this year. And now, my prayers have been answered!

Price became a success while pitching in the AL East. That’s what separates him from the other options.

Rental or not, this trade was worth making and worth giving up Norris, Boyd and Labourt.

If you’re concerned the Jays gave up too much for a possible rental, then look up Tom Candiotti, David Cone and Ricky Henderson. Hopefully, that calms your fears.

ER


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