Tag:Toronto Blue Jays
Posted on: May 24, 2008 2:33 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:28 am

Top 15 Deadline Potential Trade Candidates

1: player photoMatt Holliday/LF Colorado Rockies

Possible Suitors: Atlanta Braves; Cleveland Indians; New York Mets;

The Rockies are 10 games behind the NL West leader Arizona Diamondbacks, and could switch to rebuilding a bit. If they do, Holliday would be the biggest prize in the Trade Market. He would warrant between 5-7 good prospects from a team, so anybody looking at him better have a darn good Farm System. However, the main reason Holliday is on here is because the contract negotiations between he and the Rockies are clubling apart, and getting a load of Top Prospects for him is the best thing possible for the Rox.

2: player photoBrian Roberts/2B Baltimore Orioles

Possible Suitors: Cleveland Indians; Chicago White Sox; Milwaukee Brewers; Minnesota Twins; Chicago Cubs

One of the best leadoff men in the majors, and one of the best second baseman in the majors. Robert's numbers are not there quite yet, but he should heat up as the season goes on. The Orioles have surprised some with being just 5 games behind the Boston Red Sox at this point, but no matter what, General Manager Andy MacPhail will be rebuilding and Roberts is a key part to it, much like Miguel Tejada and Erik Bedard were.

3: player photoRich Harden/SP Oakland Athletics

Possible Suitors: Milwaukee Brewers; Los Angeles Dodgers; New York Yankees

Harden is arguably the best pitcher at the deadline. However, that will depend on Billy Beane's decision of whether to sell or buy at the deadline. Like almost all A's players, Beane will ask for a fortune in return, and one team will be dumb enough to do it and sacrifice a few Top Prospects for Harden, who has arm issues he is currently working out.

4: player photoGeorge Sherrill/CL Baltimore Orioles

Possible Suitors: Detroit Tigers; Cleveland Indians; Milwaukee Brewers; St. Louis Cardinals

Need a closer? Or even a set-up man? Here is your answer. Sherrill is 17 for 19 in save opportunities this season, and could help every team mentioned above with their closer jobs as none have a secure closer.

5: player photoGarrett Atkins/3B Colorado Rockies

Possible Suitors: Cleveland Indians; Minnesota Twins;

Other than the Indians and Twins, not many competing teams have a need at thrid base. The Indians are dying with Casey Blake and Andy Marte at the hot corner and will pry be the team to get Atkins. Atkins will be the best third baseman on the trade market come July.

6: player photoJason Bay/LF Pittsburgh Pirates

Possible Suitors: Toronto Blue Jays; Atlanta Braves; Cleveland Indians; New York Mets

Bay would be the best left fielder on the market, had it not been for Holliday. Bay has had some rough seasons lately, so his stock has taken a plummit from two years ago. That makes him a whole lot more affordable for teams and that makes him a player that could turn around a division.

7: player photoA.J. Burnett/SP Toronto Blue Jays

Possible Suitors: Detroit Tigers; Milwaukee Brewers; Los Angeles Dodgers; Atlanta Braves

Burnett, like Harden, has health issues, and the Jays may be able to cash in his value so far this year and use him in place of a prospect in a trade and haul a big bat to the team. Burnett also should come at less cost, so teams like the Tigers who don't have very good prospects(behind Larish and Porcello) might be able to aford him.

8: player photoJeremy Guthrie/SP Baltimore Orioles

Possible Suitors: Detroit Tigers; Milwaukee Brewers; Los Angeles Dodgers; Houston Astros; Atlanta Braves;

Guthrie is an interesting choice. he has been involved in no trade news, and has had a very good year excluding his record. He will come a whole lot cheaper then Harden, and a bit cheaper than Burnett, but Guthrie could easily pick up a team like the Brewers or Tigers and bring them back into contention.

9: player photoBrian Fuentes/CL Colorado Rockies

Possible Suitors: Detroit Tigers; Cleveland Indians; Milwaukee Brewers; St. Louis Cardinals

Fuentes is 6 for 9 in save oppourtunities, which will take away from his value and he obviously hasn't been his normal self these last two years. However, he is a better option than these other teams currenty have.

10: player photoJoe Blanton/SP Oakland Athletics

Possible Suitors: Milwaukee Brewers; Los Angeles Dodgers; New York Yankees

Like Harden, Billy Beane may ask the world for Blanton, but other than his record, "Big Country" has been very good this season. A good number 2 or 3 pitcher on any of the teams above.

Posted on: March 22, 2008 11:18 am

2008 Toronto Blue Jays Preview


Toronto Blue Jays Season Preview

2007 Record: 83-79, 3rd in American League East

Key Additions: Scott Rolen(3B); David Eckstein(SS); Marco Scutaro(2B); Armando Benitez(RHP)

Key Departures: Josh Towers(RHP); Troy Glaus(3B)

Starting Pitchers:

Projected Rotation: Roy Halladay(RH); A.J. Burnett(RH); Dustin McGowan(RH); Shaun Marcum(RH); Jesse Litch(RH)

The Blue Jays have an incredible staff on paper. McGowan had a breakout year in 2007, same goes to Shaun Marcum, but injury problems continue to harness the talent of both Cy Young pitcher Roy Halladay and his sidekick, A.J. Burnett. If one or both can get over the injury hump, the Jays could be a serious contender. The number 5 slot is all open at this time, but it appears as if Jesse Litch will be the 5th starter. Injury bug Gustavo Chacin will most likely start in AAA Syracuse. With all 5 healthy, the Blue Jays have a Top 10 pitching staff.


Projected Bullpen: B.J. Ryan(CL); Jeremy Accardo(RH); Scott Downs(LH); Jason Frasor(RH); Brian Tallet(LH); Brandon League(RH); Armando Benitez(RH)

Closer B.J. Ryan will not be healthy or ready to go on Opening Day, but when he comes back, he will assume the closer role from Jeremy Accardo. The first 3 in the Jays bullpen are very good pitchers, but from Frasor to Benitez, it becomes trashey. When healthy, B.J. Ryan is a dominate closer and one of the few lefty closers in the Major Leagues. Scott Downs is one of the best lefty relievers in the league. Frasor was once a reliable reliever for the Jays, but has fell apart since.

 ~ Jeremy Accardo will be the Jays closer on opening Day


Projected Line-up:

1) David Eckstein/SS

2) Lyle Overbay/1B

3) Vernon Wells/CF

4) Frank Thomas/DH

5) Scott Rolen/3B

6) Alex Rios/RF

7) Matt Stairs/LF

8) Gregg Zaun/C

9) Aaron Hill/2B

Bench: Rod Barajas/C; Marco Scutaro/INF; John McDonald/INF; Reed Johnson/OF

The Line-up looks like a strong line-up when healthy, but the key word there is healthy. Overbay, Wells, and Rolen were all injured last year, and Frank Thomas has a history of health problems. Eckstein is an upgrade offensively for the Jays, after batting over .05 more than McDonald last year. Overbay will, for the Blue Jays sake, be healthy this year, and can go back to producing his average seasons of .275-.315 and hitting 15-25 home runs. Vernon Wells had a tpsy-turvey year in 2007, but comes back strong and still one of the best outfielders in the American League. Frank Thomas could be entering his final season of a Hall of Fame career and you should expect a solid number of home runs between 15-30. Scott Rolen will give you great defense and a strong bat. Alex Rios is a potential break-out candidate in 2008, meaning he should have a career year. Matt Stairs had a good year for his home team in 2007, and xpect a weaker season, but still strong enough to help the Jays out. Gregg Zaun should not be the starting catcher, but there are little options left other than a trade for Michael Barrett or Ramon Hernandez. Finally, Aaron Hill produced a good season in 2007, nd I see another out of the second baseman.

 ~ Jays outfielder Alex Rios is a good candidate to be a breakout star in 2008.

Category: MLB
Posted on: January 17, 2008 7:59 pm

Disecting the Rolen/Glaus trade

This one is a little bit harder. It's basically trading the same kind of player for each other. A pointless swap if you will.

Cardinals view: I do not like this trade from the Cardinals standpoint as I do with the Blue Jays standpoint. Troy Glaus gets injured a lot, but thats the same for Rolen. Troy Glaus hits home runs, another thing Scott Rolen can do. Troy Glaus hits for about a .250 average, same to Rolen. To things Glaus has also: HGH suppliments and bad fielding. Because of his constint nagging injuries, people don't remember the Rolen of old with the Phillies when he won a gold glove basically ever year. Troy Glaus has almost no defense. Last season, in 114 games, he had a fielding percentage of .967. The whole HGH thing is another story. That is adding power, but increasing the risk of injury ever year. With this trade, the Cards have 2 guys in the same HGH boat(Ankiel).

Blue Jays view: I really like this deal for the Blue Jays. The will recieve a 3B who is completely healthy by season's start, who can hit for .260, get 10-30 home runs when healthy all season and have one of the best fielding percentages in the game. Yes, his injuries have cut back on his ability to make amazing plays, but he reminds me a lot like Oriole great Brooks Robinson. Sure, Rolen will never be him in any statistic that involves fielding, but he tries to make plays when the ball is near him. The only problem I see with this trade is the fact that Rolen didn't like Bowa, and he didn't like La Russa, he will definitley not like John Gibbons. When you get in fights with your players, you not a good manager or coach. Ted Lilly is no Scott Rolen.

Pre-season winner: Toronto Blue Jays

Scott Rolen's 2008 prediction: 112 G, 14 HR, 52 RBI's, .279 BA

Troy Glaus's 2008 prediction: 58 G, 10 HR, 23 RBI's, .262 BA


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