Morosi Says the Jays Won't Trade Stroman for Charlie Blackmon (Which Is Good Because That's A Terrible Idea)

Andrew Stoeten
December 07 2016 04:14PM

Marcus Stroman
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Charlie Blackmon turned 30 on July first. He was an everyday player the previous two years and about a league average hitter. In 2016 his offensive numbers jumped, which powered him to a four win season and has made him the subject of no small amount of salivation from Jays fans looking at Colorado's outfield surplus now that they've bizarrely added Ian Desmond for five years, $70 million, and the eleventh overall pick. (Note: Yeesh!)

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Blue Jays add lefty pitching depth, sign Brett Oberholtzer to Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training

Cam Lewis
December 07 2016 03:02PM

The Blue Jays bolstered their pitching depth today by signing left-handed pitcher Brett Oberlholtzer to a minor league contract. Oberholtzer, the former Astro, Phillie, and Angel, will be given an invite to spring training to possibly duke it out for a spot in the Jays' bullpen, but will more than likely serve as pitching depth for the organization with Triple-A Buffalo. 

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Buster Olney Has An Idea For the Blue Jays (And So Do I)

Andrew Stoeten
December 07 2016 02:35PM

Edwin Encarnacion
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If Buster Olney was a random fan in my Twitter feed and made a suggestion like the one below to me, I'd probably be inclined to pat him on the head for his creativity while scoffing derisively to myself about it (then I'd probably tweet a bunch of half-assed "jokes" and ultimately throw him under the bus for his suggestion on the next podcast, in case you were wondering about me).

I'm not going to be so condescending to Buster, but the notion he tweeted forth here on Wednesday (or whatever day it is) afternoon is quite a doozy... 

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The Rockies Do a Number On the Outfield Market (And It's Five Years, $70 Million to Ian Desmond)

Andrew Stoeten
December 07 2016 12:35PM

Ian Desmond
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The Colorado Rockies have given a five-year, $70 million contract to a shortstop-turned-centre fielder who they claim is going to play a bunch at first base. Ian Desmond was a league average hitter against right-handed pitching in 2016, and he suuuuuuuucked in the second half. His 65 wRC+ from the All-Star break onward was worse than Michael Saunders' 69 mark.

Five years! $70 million!

And they forfeited the 11th pick in the draft for the privilege!

Hey, but at least Desmond was also bad in 2015! 

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Catcher Chris Iannetta Was Also Discussed When Jays Met With Bautista's Agents

Andrew Stoeten
December 06 2016 09:33PM

Chris Iannetta
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Ohhhhhhhh. Well now this maybe makes a little more sense.

Obviously word of Jose Bautista's agents meeting with the Toronto Blue Jays this evening was going to cause a bit of a stir. But the Jays certainly still need to find a backup catcher, and the fact that Ken Rosenthal tweets that the same agency (Octagon) represents free agent catcher Chris Iannetta maybe makes one think that he could have been more the focus of the meeting than the Jays' own free agent slugger.

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