In (Tepid) Defence of Aaron Loup

Andrew Stoeten
December 04 2016 07:26PM

Aaron Loup
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Left-handed relief pitching has been a problem for the Blue Jays for quite some time now. From their great 2015 season, all the way through 2016, despite the need becoming rather glaring, they were unable to find anybody dependable behind Brett Cecil. And now, of course, Cecil is gone, having signed a four-year, $30.5 million contract to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals.

That's not an unreasonable average annual value for what Brett Cecil is, but four years is a lot in the life of a reliever. The Jays reportedly were willing to offer him three years, but evidently they weren't willing to do quite enough.

But now what?

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Yankees Sign Matt Holliday, Shrinking the Pool of Suitors for Edwin Encarnacion

Andrew Stoeten
December 04 2016 05:59PM

Edwin Encarnacion
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I think it would be great and fun as hell if the Blue Jays managed to keep Edwin Encarnacion after all, but I'm still not going to believe it's actually happening until I see it. Teams simply don't lock themselves into paying $40 million per season over three years for two aging DHs, which is what the Jays would be signing up for if they brought back EE -- in addition to giving up the draft pick they're due when he signs elsewhere, and taking on an expensive fourth year of that deal, in which he'll be 37.

There is more optimism tonight that a reunion could still take place, however, than perhaps since the Morales deal was signed. That's because the market for Edwin's services continues to appear to shrink on him.

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Blue Jays reportedly interested in Mitch Moreland

Cam Lewis
December 04 2016 03:46PM

Major League Baseball's annual winter meetings began today, and the first bit of Blue Jays news that leaked out was somewhat surprising. According to Jon Morosi, the Jays have shown interest in Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland. And I, uhhh, am not really sure why! 

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Cathal Kelly is Here to Prey on Your Worst Blue Jays Fears

Andrew Stoeten
December 03 2016 06:58PM

Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista
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The Toronto Blue Jays front office is "steadily nudging the public toward accepting a large step backward," writes Cathal Kelly in the latest of an eye-roll inducing number of attempts to feed arguments to dipshit Twitter eggs from the pages of the Globe and Mail.

It would be plenty dumb to make the suggestion, on the evening of December 2nd -- i.e. less than two days after the league and players' association allowed teams to get back to the business of the off-season by avoiding a work-stoppage over the terms of their next collective bargaining agreement -- that the Blue Jays haven't done enough to address the holes on their roster. It's so early in the process that this simply isn't a conversation worth having at this stage, and surely Kelly has covered the sport long enough to know that the vast majority of player movement is still to come. Yet he goes one fear-mongering step farther, steadily nudging the public toward the notion that the club might not do anything at all.

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Edwin and Jose's Markets Shrink (Probably), As Carlos Beltran Goes to Houston

Andrew Stoeten
December 03 2016 02:12PM

Carlos Beltran
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We probably didn't want to live in a world where at least one of Kendrys Morales or Carlos Beltran was going to be forced to put on a glove and go out into the field for the Blue Jays every day.

Some days? Sure, that could have been fine. But carrying two guys who both ought to be DHs isn't exactly ideal.

Of course, we don't have to worry about that now. At least not with Beltran -- whose bat would have otherwise looked quite nice in the Jays' lineup -- as he's signed on to return to the Houston Astros in 2017. (Remember when Beltran was an Astro before? Holy shit he was awesome). And for just $16 million on a one-year deal, to boot!

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