Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The offseason timelines and dates to remember

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Now that the 2018 baseball season is officially over, it's time to look at the timelines and decisions going forward, to the frenzy of hope called spring training.
 Here are some of the dates to look at, going forward.

October 31,2018
This is the deadline for players with opt out clauses.
 Eg. Kerhaw, Price

November 2,2018
Deadline for the clubs to pick up or decline a player option
After Smoak's option was picked up for 2019, the only player left for the Jays to decide on, is Solarte, who has an option for 5.5 million in 2019 and an another in 2020 for 8 million. the buyout for both years is 750,000. Do they pay for both or just the 2018? Dunno for sure. After a hot start in 2018, Solarte cooled off to the point of where I don't think the option will be picked up. Unless there are extenuating circumstances. ( i.e. Trade, Tulo's health, etc )

This is also the deadline for teams to negotiate exclusively with their current free agents. It's also the deadline to give those free agents Qualifying Offers valued at 17.9 Million. Most of the players who were due to be FA's have been traded away with the exception of Marco Estrada. He made 13 million last year and unlikely to receive a QO.

November 6-8, 2018
General Managers meeting in Carlsbad,CA. Not much happens at this meeting as far as trades go but you never know.

November 12, 2018
This is the deadline for players to reject or accept the Qualifying Offers, if they received them. This deadline will mean jack shit to the Jays, as they have already announced that they won't be players for the big time FA's. Nor should they be.

November 20, 2018
Deadline to set the 40 man roster ahead of the rule 5 draft.  This could use a post all by itself so I'll leave it for now

November 30,2018
Deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players. Jays players due for arbitration Stroman ( 2018- 6.5 Million ),Pillar-3.25 M, Grichuk-2.8 M,Sanchez 2.7M,Travis 1.45 M and Tepera- 574 thousand ( It's his first arb year )

December 9-13, 2018
Winter meetings in Lost Wages.This was usually where the trades mostly happen but with FA's being signed later and later, there haven't been as many big splashes as in years past.

December 13, 2018
On the last day of the winter meetings the Rule 5 Draft takes place. I doubt the Jays will be picking up any players but they may lose someone who wasn't protected on the 40 man roster. ( Pompey?)

January 11, 2019
Arbitration exchange day when players and management submit salary numbers for the arbitration hearings held in February. Usually they will negotiate a contract before the hearing but not always *cough* .

Please note: All of this was sourced and stolen from other sites. I'm not that smart to remember all this.
Jays Contracts-Cot's
Jays contract details-Cot's
Jays current 40 man roster- MLB

Thursday, October 25, 2018

So the Manager Search is over

And it's Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo! At least according to Shi. You can read about him in this MLB Trade Rumours post here.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Gratitude post

Yup, we haven't done one of these in a while.

I'm grateful that I still am able to cast a vote, something that has been taken from many people. I'm grateful for the caring and sharing this community does. And I'm grateful that the World Series features...

Fuck it, I can only take it so far.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

2018 ALCS Game 5


This could be the final game of the ALCS. The Red Sox have a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Astros Here are tonight's starting lineups

I'm rooting for a good baseball game tonight as I don't really want either team to win.Enjoy the game everyone.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

2018 NLCS Game 4 ALCS Game 3

Game 4 in LA with the Brewers looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Dodgers.But first, the Red Sox and Astros resume the ALCS in Houston. Here are the lineups below.

Friday, October 12, 2018

2018 NLCS Game 1

Yeah, it's early for a game thread but figured we could use something new.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

This is a post about Nothing:

Image result for nothingBecause the geniuses who run MLB have moronically decided to halt their playoff season for two full days just to see who can get rusty.

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    not anything; no single thing.
    "I said nothing"
    synonyms:not a thing, not anything, nilzero, naught/nought;

1703 × 1152

Real smart, Manfred.

NLCS should be starting tomorrow.  Or, in the words of Stoeten, "Dumb".


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

2018 AL Wild Card Game Thread

Hmmm, I got distracted, and just noticed the game thread wasn't up. So I'm a slapping this one up.
I'd love to add a bunch of witty words of wisdom but what would Wally wail about?

Monday, October 1, 2018

ten weekly random thoughts: week 26 September 24-30

The 2018 MLB season is officially over. The Blue Jays head into the off-season with lots of uncertainty, the biggest being who will be the next manager (I will analyze that a bit this week). The health of some of their players will also be a big concern (Aaron Sanchez had surgery on his ailing finger and missed his final start, Troy Tulowitzki missed the entire season with double heel surgery). The best trade the Blue Jays made by far was acquiring Ken Giles, who has been lights out, converting all 14 saves for Toronto. He is the only pitcher in the MLB not to have a blown save. Here are 10 random thoughts from week 26 of the MLB.