Thomas Drance Steps Down as Editor in Chief, Takes Position With The Florida Panthers

Nation World HQ
January 04 2017 05:00AM

The Nation Network is pleased and proud to announce that our Editor in Chief, Thomas Drance, has stepped down to take a position with the Florida Panthers. 

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Aaron Sanchez is Now Represented by Scott Boras (And That's OK)

Andrew Stoeten
January 03 2017 06:13PM

Aaron Sanchez
Photo Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Well here's an interesting turn of events: the Toronto Blue Jays finally have a Scott Boras client on their roster.

Unfortunately it's not the product of a thaw between the club and the super-agent now that Paul Beeston has gone (and taken his petty, Bill Caudill-related grudge with him), but because Aaron Sanchez has now joined Boras Corp's team, according to a tweet from Sportsnet's Hazel Mae.

Thing is... is it unfortunate?

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Daily Duce: Tuesday, January 3rd

Andrew Stoeten
January 03 2017 01:49PM

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Daily??!?!?!?

Alright. 2017. Let's fix the damned Blue Jays already. Shit, over at FanGraphs, Dave Cameron already has written a plan to salvage the Jays' offseason and it's... the obvious one: signing Jose Bautista. And, indeed, getting Bautista on a bargain basement deal would look like a coup at this point, and make even missing on Edwin seem not quite so bad, seeing as they were never likely to end up bringing back both. Nobody else is stepping up to sign him, clearly, so it's easy to understand why they'd play hardball here -- especially with Dave talking (still!) about a one-year deal in the $20 to $25 million range -- but... well... if only we could think of a recent example where playing hardball worked out shittily for them.

Speaking things going shittily, the great Jonah Keri takes us through how the Jays have ended up where they are, starting with Mark Shapiro's arrival last year, in a piece for CBS Sports (which features a very kind shout out of yours truly). "A fetish for future assets, the pressure of fan expectations, the challenges of keeping money flowing and a lot of poor planning adds up to a likely season in limbo," he writes. It's not exactly uplifting stuff -- and it's hopefully a narrative that can be undone by a couple shrewd January moves we all still hope to fuck are coming -- but ain't none of it wrong. And the most damning thing, I think, is that in assessing what has gone on so far this winter, Jonah blames "a rigid thought process" that prohibited the front office from "trusting that they could find a viable market alternative, in a market flush with them." Could anything be farther from the way this front office has been selling their internal dynamic than "a rigid thought process"?

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Morosi: Bautista and the Jays "Engaged in Active Contract Discussions"

Andrew Stoeten
December 29 2016 05:12PM

Jose Bautista
"Finally, I'm gettin' PAID!" Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

What does it mean that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista are "engaged in active contract discussions"? I have no idea! But Jon Morosi tweeted as much here on Thursday afternoon, and damned if I'm going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Sweet delicious content! How I've... missed you?

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Unspinning Some of the Edwin Fallout Spin

Andrew Stoeten
December 24 2016 02:03PM

Edwin Encarnacion
Photo Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Merry Christmas, everyone! The Toronto Blue Jays-iverse has a tasty little gift for you this year. Spin!

On Thursday, in the wake of the devastatingly stupid failure of Paul Kinzer and the Blue Jays to bring Edwin Encarnacion back to the team he wanted to play for, we got Kinzer’s spin from Rick Westhead of TSN, as usual. And also from Rosie Dimanno of the Toronto Star.

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