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Old 02-21-2018, 01:56 PM   #361
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FWIW, Fangraphs is projecting the Jays to make the playoffs.

http://bluejayhunter.com/2018/02/fan...m-in-2018.html
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:07 PM   #362
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Not surprising really. A lot of quietly good moves from the Jays this off season.

Solarte/Diaz over Barney/Goins
Granderson/Grichuk over Carerra/Bautista

The big key for me is going to be the health/depth of the starting rotation, and the bullpen not blowing 24 saves this season.
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:18 PM   #363
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I don't think the bullpen will be a problem. If anything, last year was an anomaly. The problem will be the aging lineup. Surely those two moves were alright, but IMO, not enough to get them to the playoffs considering age of their "good" infield players (Tulo, Donaldson, Martin).
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:46 PM   #364
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Yeah, many don't think much of the Jays bullpen, I also don't think it will be a weak point. Relievers are weird and unpredictable, and the Jays have a large mix of arms to work with. Enough of them will click for the bullpen to be just fine IMO.

Closer - Osuna
Righties - Biagini, Tepera, Barnes, Ramirez, Axford, Albequerque, Petricka
Lefties - Loup, Dermody, Breslow, Mayza, Girodo

I also wouldn't be surprised if they try to convert Guerrieri into a reliever.
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:31 AM   #365
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https://www.tsn.ca/all-signs-point-t...2019-1.1008825

Interesting write-up,

"It seems clear the Blue Jays have known for quite a while that they either couldnít or didnít want to sign star slugger Josh Donaldson to a contract extension."


If this is true..... Jays absolutely should be looking to trade the star 3rd baseman in my view.
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Old 02-23-2018, 11:11 AM   #366
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I wish I could find it, but I read, or heard, that Donaldson was looking for a contract that took him to age 38 or 39 because he believes that he will still be a good hitter. IF that is true then it is time to trade him.

I mean sure, he could be a good hitter still, but so very few players maintain that ability past 35 that you have to play the odds. For every Nelson Cruz, there are 100's of Bautista's.
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If it was so unlikely that a deal was going to get done, would Atkins say things like he feels a deal will likely get done? I don't think so. I would think he'd tip toe around it much more than he has.

https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/news/bl...ly/c-266790616
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