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Old 04-01-2017, 05:44 PM   #1381
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They also stated they are looking for alternatives to Melvin Upton Jr. in outfield.
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Old 04-01-2017, 07:09 PM   #1382
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Would've rather kept Upton than Goins. Goins is redundant with Barney on the roster - unless Pearce is going to play LF more.

Coghlan/Upton platoon would be best case scenario

Zeke can rot in AAA
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Old 04-01-2017, 10:54 PM   #1383
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So Liriano has been dealing the goods in spring training.

Only 4 walks all spring, ERA under 2, whip under 1.

Can't wait to see what this rotation does this year.
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:42 AM   #1384
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So Liriano has been dealing the goods in spring training.

Only 4 walks all spring, ERA under 2, whip under 1.

Can't wait to see what this rotation does this year.
Getting some respect from Jon Heyman as well.

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Old 04-02-2017, 11:05 AM   #1385
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Who plays LF? Why not keep him to come off the bench?

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#BlueJays release Melvin Upton Jr. and DFA Mike Bolsinger. Ryan Goins and Ryan Tepera make the club.

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Old 04-02-2017, 11:08 AM   #1386
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So what does the outfield look like then?
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Old 04-02-2017, 11:15 AM   #1387
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Only thing I can thing of is that Pearce plays LF and Smoak plays 1B fulltime. Don't like it if this is the plan. Maybe another move coming, I hope.
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Old 04-02-2017, 11:18 AM   #1388
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Hmm. Maybe Upton was being a malcontent in the club house?

I mean he's no great player or anything, but I figured he'd have his uses to the club.
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Old 04-02-2017, 11:26 AM   #1389
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So what does the outfield look like then?

My guess, to start:

RF - Bautista
CF - Pillar
LF - Pearce vs RHP / Zeke vs. LHP

Also, when Zeke is in vs LHP, Pearce goes to 1B because he CRUSHES LHP, where as Smoak is worse against LHP than RHP.

Eventually:

RF - Bautista
CF - Pillar
LF - Coghlan vs RHP / Zeke vs LHP

Pearce playing more and more 1B


Zeke is a left bat, but he hits LHP better than RHP

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Old 04-02-2017, 11:28 AM   #1390
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The thought of Smoak getting full time duty at first base is agonizing.

Surely having Upton in LF and Pearce at 1B is the better option no?
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Osuna on 10 day DL.

Cervical spasm apparently, which is an injury I have never heard of.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb...n-jr-released/

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Old 04-02-2017, 11:45 AM   #1392
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Only thing I can thing of is that Pearce plays LF and Smoak plays 1B fulltime. Don't like it if this is the plan. Maybe another move coming, I hope.
I think that's exactly what's going to happen. Unfortunately.
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Old 04-02-2017, 11:56 AM   #1393
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Oh god. That was my one fear going into this season. I told myself they wouldn't let that happen, but here we are.
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:15 PM   #1394
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Our 2017 #OpeningDay roster!

(Osuna, Schultz, Sparkman, and Pompey will start the year on the DL)

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Old 04-02-2017, 12:17 PM   #1395
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I don't know why but I'm so happy to see Jason Grilli on that roster.
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:21 PM   #1396
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goins and smoak still on the roster. That's just gross.
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:45 PM   #1397
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My mom will be very happy to hear Upton Jr. got released. She referred to him simply as "Useless".
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Old 04-02-2017, 01:02 PM   #1398
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I have no problem with Goins on the roster whatsoever, coming off the bench. He's a defensive specialist who can give Travis time off if the Jays have the lead later into the game. Where I have a problem right now is Upton, and fully knowing the guy is crap after last season's playoff performance, they didn't package him up and get somebody of some value in the offseason. Now he's further proven that he's not good enough and they get nothing for him. That's bad asset management.
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Old 04-02-2017, 01:13 PM   #1399
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No team in the league wanted upton . SD had to pay most of his salary for the Jays to take him for free

He then hit .200

I would be surprised if he isn't out of the league now
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Old 04-02-2017, 01:13 PM   #1400
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Pretty scary to think that if Bautista didn't come back then Upton Jr. was kind of earmarked as his replacement.
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