Sunday, November 19, 2017

Free Agent Target: Lance Lynn

The big X factor heading into spring training for the Blue Jays will be the health of starter Aaron Sanchez. Sanchize had a disastrous 2017 campaign missing the bulk of the season with a troublesome blister on his middle finger. In his absence, Joe Biaghini pitched in his spot in the rotation. While I think Biaghini is a good pitcher, he is better suited for the bullpen. In several of his starts, Biaghini was inconsistent and rarely went more than five innings. The Blue Jays need to sign a free agent starter who is proven and reliable. Lance Lynn would be a perfect pitcher to target.

Why the Blue Jays should sign him

Mr. Consistency

In 21 of 33 starts in 2017, Lynn pitched into the 6th inning. The Cardinals starter had a record of 11-8 with a respectable 3.86 ERA, 78 BB (2nd in the NL) and 153K. On May 23, Lynn went into LA and pitched 8 strong innings allowing just a single run on 2 hits, 2 BB and 10 K. We're talking about a Dodgers team that absolutely dominated the first half of the season and practically never lost (yes Lynn did lose the game that day but come on he had no run support). Another game that stood out for Lynn in 2017 was September 2nd when he 1-hit the Giants over 8 innings while walking 4 and striking out 4. It's these types of games that save the bullpen, which you need if you're going to survive the season and still be contending in September.

Why the Blue Jays should pass on signing him


Lance Lynn missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Yes he made every scheduled start last season, but there's always a chance that Lynn could re-injure the elbow or suffer an injury to a different body part. I think the Blue Jays would be wary of his pitch count, given the elbow injury.

Price it will take to sign him

Lance Lynn will be coveted by several teams, given the available pitchers in this year's free agency pool. Last season, Lynn made 8.5M. You can bet the Cubs, Red Sox or Giants would be willing to give him in the 16-20M range.

Toronto has a solid rotation anchored by one of Sanchez or Marco Estrada. Marcus Stroman and JA Happ are no slouches either and will give the Jays a quality start more often than not. Money wise, without signing Lynn, the Jays are likely to be spending 60M on the aforementioned starters with Sanchez and Stroman yet to be signed. There are cheaper options out there who will be comparatively effective. However, those other options (Tyler Chatwood, and Jason Vargas, for example) can just as easily turn out to be Francisco Liriano from last year, who was ineffective and traded to the Astros where he faced 2 batters total in the World Series. To me, Lance Lynn is worth the price.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH

Hello All,

It's that time again, yup, you guessed it, YouTube Videos featuring my favorite music. And Tom W's and anyone else who would like to jump in.

Not a lot of baseball newsworthy things happening, unless anyone is interested in taking Brad Hand off the Padres...cough...hands.

As always, feel free to add anything in the comments that I likely have missed since I was cooking all day.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Another Day Just Like the Last

I am usually able to trick myself into thinking the off season is not as long as it feels and in a mere few months, the season will be ramping up. I am able to convince myself of this in August, not so much on a snowy November morning.

The 2017 MLB Award results are in and there's not too many surprises.

- Jose Altuve won the AL MVP
- Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP (Narrowly edging out Votto)
- Kluber and Scherzer took Cy Young honors in their respective leagues
- Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger were the best rookies (even though Judge is almost 30) FINE, hes    25.
- And finally, Molitor and Lovullo were the best at filling out lineup cards.

Not a whole lot going on outside of that, Deck McGuire got an invite to ST, tweet provided by Warren, thank you.

Lastly, I think it's a given the Jays will trade for the NL MVP this off season and it won't really cost that much.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Shohei Ohtani (or is it Otani?!)

Image result for Shohei Ohtani.

The Roy Halladay service yesterday (expertly covered here by our very own Lunchbox) likely has a lot of us feeling a bit down remembering a great player, Blue Jay and human. I thought today some might want to focus on some baseball news. Except, well, there really isn't any. Rumours, discussions and the like are all taking place, as is the norm for this time of year but there was one piece of news which may be of interest to some.

The Twins released one of their international signings, Jelfry Marte, after apparently failing his physical. The money allotted to him, now goes back into their international signing pool, leading some to believe they might be making a push to obtain the services of one Shohei O. (I'm not spelling his last name until I get confirmation its one way or the other, or both!). In the link above, it does mention that rather than going after Shohei, they could also trade those funds to a team who, quite frankly, has a more realistic chance of actually landing the superstar.

I for one can only assume that the Jays front office will poo poo the idea and Alex "AA" Anthopoulos will find a way to ninja trade/sign Shohei and do so with very little in the way of funds or prospects.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Roy Halladay's Celebration of Life

(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

From Sportsnet:

Watch live coverage of the ceremony on Sportsnet and right here on beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT. Host Jamie Campbell will be joined by Gregg Zaun, Jeff Blair and Jerry Howarth while Hazel Mae and Shi Davidi will be reporting from the ceremony in Florida.

The Celebration of Life will be held at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida, where he had been working as a mental strength coach to young Phillies prospects.

I thought this thread could serve as a vehicle to share your thoughts of the service as it airs.  Also feel free to share your top Roy Halladay moment, if you haven't already done so.  Unrelated baseball discussion could continue on the previous thread.


From Shi Davidi:  Dear Blue Jays: Don't wait, retire Halladay's number immediately

Earlier today:  Cole Hamels talks Roy Halladay

Free 'The Athletic' links on Doc: 

Article on Doc's work as a mental strength coach:  Roy Halladay will have lasting impact on young Phils

In closing... may he never be forgotten on this site.  A tribute video of highlights: