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Some minor news today - AJ Jimenez has been added to the 40 man roster, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. There's a chance he could push for time as the backup catcher next season.

Also, the Jays have interest in Kendrys Morales.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/11/ke...ejays.html
He would be a solid pickup.

Also wouldnt mind them taking a run at Ian Desmond. Can play all over the field.
Sounds like they are letting Saunders go...or at the least will try for a lesser contract than the 17+ he would have got from a qualifying offer.

I know he had a horrible second half, but it's still another hole to fill, along with Bautista who is likely gone, and EE who still may be gone.

Kinda hope they do manage to bring Saunders back.

As far as Jimenez....anyone better than Thole. Even a former prospect who they have been waiting for, for years.
Saunders has a couple things going for him: One, he's a left handed bat. And two, he won't cost the team draft pick compensation to sign. Unlike outfielders such as Desmond and Cespedes.
They will gain two by losing Bautista and Edwin anyway. picks they wouldnt have if they simply resigned them

Another name to keep an eye on is cuban Dairon Blanco,

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/11/c...agent.html

Fleet-footed Cuban outfielder Dairon Blanco has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America (via Twitter). Badler reported back in May that Blanco had left his home country in search of a contract with a Major League club. Though he’s 23 years of age — the minimum to be exempt from international bonus pools — Blanco only has four years of pro experience in Cuba and is therefore still subject to those league-allotted pools.

Per Badler’s May writeup, Blanco has 80 speed on the 20-80 scale and has been clocked from home to first at under four seconds from the right-handed batter’s box. He’s a career .303/.369/.409 hitter in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, and he hit a career-high eight homers with a career-best 29 steals in a 2015-16 season that saw him post a .296/.352/.427 slash line. Blanco has punched out in just 12.9 percent of his professional plate appearances in Cuba and has walked at an 8.9 percent clip. Badler notes that he’s played both center and right field, writing that despite some occasional shaky defensive instincts in 2015-16 he did win a Gold Glove in 2014-15. His mechanics at the plate, however, could seemingly use some refinement.

Blanco actually participated in a showcase just yesterday, and MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez was in attendance. Sanchez tweeted out several photos as well as video of Blanco taking batting practice, adding that the speedster notched a 6.25 in the 60-yard dash, which would indeed be considered an 80 by most scouts. Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen, too, tweeted some video of Blanco’s BP and agreed that he has 80 speed but placed a below-average 40 grade on his throwing arm, which would suggest that left field is his best placement on the diamond.

While Blanco appears to be an intriguing addition to the free-agent market, it’s also worth noting that he’ll probably require some degree of minor league work before jumping directly into the mix against MLB pitching. Still, with his age and pro experience, it’s not out of the question to think that he could be an option in the Majors at some point in 2017
Thanks for the heads up on Blanco. (I just edited your post to include the link)

Speed actually seems to translate fairly well from the Cuban league to the majors. Despite his weak arm he might be able to patrol LF as good or better than Saunders did this year.

However plate discipline in Cuba doesn't generally translate well to MLB, with one analysis showing an expected drop of 60 OBP points. That would put Blanco around .300 and well below league average.

I think at that point we might be looking at some of the 2nd tier outfielders this offseason as comparables, if not better options. ie. Chris Coghlan, Angel Pagan, Rajai Davis, Colby Rasmus, etc.
Sorry I was thinking of Blanco as maybe a way to improve our organizational depth chart not necessarily a way to replace Saunders.

Thanks for posting the link i forgot to include it
Yeah, fair point. He'd probably start the year in AAA anyway.

It's possible the Jays go the trade route for an OF too. Markakis and Prado come to mind as reasonably cheap options while someone like Ryan Braun would be more unlikely and more expensive. And I wonder what it would take to pry Jorge Soler out of Chicago. He seems like the odd man out but still has pretty good upside.
(2016-11-08, 06:28 PM)shadylane Wrote: [ -> ]Yeah, fair point. He'd probably start the year in AAA anyway.

It's possible the Jays go the trade route for an OF too. Markakis and Prado come to mind as reasonably cheap options while someone like Ryan Braun would be more unlikely and more expensive. And I wonder what it would take to pry Jorge Soler out of Chicago. He seems like the odd man out but still has pretty good upside.
Bob Mccown always with crazy ideas pitched the idea of the Jays trading Stroman for a young controllable hitter. 

 Interesting enough when Atkins was mentioning his list of untradeables Stroman was not mentioned only Sanchez. I wonder if the Jays would consider it
^Not sure I'd like that idea. He'd have to be a terrific young hitter and position player.

Trade Stroman and you have just one young arm in the rotation in Sanchez.
Estrada and Happ are getting up there in age. Gotta keep Stroman if we want to have a good pitching rotation ~2 years from now.

Id say trading one of Estrada or Happ for a 30+ year old legit bat makes more sense (but only if youre trying to contend for sure next season). Both of them have played like upper rotation guys for two straight years, so should have decent value at this point.
A Charlie Blackmon-Marcus Stroman deal would be intriguing from both sides I think.

The Rockies get a young pitcher with elite ground ball tendencies (suited for Coors) and the Jays get a high end outfielder.

Stroman is eligible for free agency in 4 seasons, Blackmon in 2.

I think Blackmon is probably closer to a .280 hitter and 20 HR instead of .325/30. So the Rockies would probably have to add a prospect to the deal. Not sure they'd part with Riley Pint but I don't think someone like Kyle Freeland would get it done.

If Stroman could get the Jays a player who helps them compete now along with futures, it's not such a crazy idea IMO. That probably means Biagini returns as a starter and they have to dip into the free agent market (Hammel? Lewis? Volquez?).
No surprise he is gone....perhaps a bit if a surprise he isn't retiring...

But Dickey signed with the Braves on a 1 year deal.
Trading Stroman is a terrible idea IMHO.

 For starters I don't think you are going to get anything near his value back in return.  Second is that even though is seems like Stroman has been around for years last year was actually his first full season. He is 25 years old, has like 3 more years of control, throws arguably 3 plus pitches and over the last year he ran the best ground ball rate in baseball. By quite a bit in fact (he had nearly a 4% gap over second). Stroman is the guy you should build your rotation around for the next 5 years. Not trade for help.

I'm actually pretty shocked to hear that Atkins considers Sanchez untradeable as he would be my biggest trade piece personally.
(2016-11-10, 11:06 AM)Chris D Wrote: [ -> ]No surprise he is gone....perhaps a bit if a surprise he isn't retiring...

But Dickey signed with the Braves on a 1 year deal.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumours actually nailed predicting this back on Tuesday morning. Dickey was 48th on their Top 50 Free Agent list, 1 year 8 million to the Braves, and that's what his guaranteed number is lol.


It's a 1 year deal for 7.5 million, with a 2nd year club option at 8 million, or a 500K buyout (hence the 8 million guaranteed). So overall could be 2 years 15.5 million.
Jays have signed Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr.


http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpe...Gurriel_Jr.
Nice pickup on gurriel
This isn't jays related...but it sorta is with dickey leaving...

Braves just sign bartolo colon on a 1 year 12.5 mill deal...after just picking up Dickey.....what the H are they doing in Atlanta???

I wonder what this means for Edwin?
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