Xander Bogaerts says the Boston Red Sox aren’t trading him

While it may have appeared the Boston Red Sox were going to be forced into a rebuild after being embarrassed last weekend by the Toronto Blue Jays, that may not be the case.

Speculation began to swirl about the status of pending UFA’s like J.D. Martinez and Nathan Eovaldi could fill some needs for teams making a playoff push.
And that’s not even taking into account a guy like Xander Bogaerts, either. Despite having four years left on a deal paying him $20-million a year, the 29-year-old’s name was floating out there in the market.
That is, until he told reporters Thursday night the Bo Sox told him he wouldn’t be traded.

Bogaerts said he’s been told personally that he won’t be traded. “I don’t know if I’ll get in trouble for saying that,” he said. Said it’s allowed him to relax some.
— Julian McWilliams (@byJulianMack) July 29, 2022

If Boston does sell-off, it would undoubtedly be a plus for the Blue Jays. Toronto plays two more three-game series against Boston, including one right at the end of the season and going against torched lineup would only increase the Jays’ odds of winning.
Things will be interesting to watch around the AL in the coming days. The Blue Jays are sitting two games up in the AL wild card race, but a team like the Seattle Mariners, who are sitting half a game up in the race, could be big spenders at the deadline.
Could the Cleveland Guardians, or Tampa Bay Rays make a push at the deadline, too? Things will be interesting to see, to say the least.
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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

WATCH: Toronto Blue Jays ball boy makes an amazing catch

Things are going great! Nothing wrong in Toronto. Nope! They didn’t just lose to a AAA Kansas City Royals team. Nu-uh!

Okay just kidding. The Jays just got embarrassed on a night where, well, nothing went right. They lost to the AAA Royals 3-1.
What did go right, however, was one Jays ball boy’s night.

WHAT A CATCH FROM THE BALL BOY.
Sign him to a minor league deal.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/5ilXgUWUSW
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) July 15, 2022

Royals 3B Emmanuel Rivera popped a ball up towards the first base side, and this young ball boy made a great play.
He tracked it perfectly and had a nice little hop to secure it. Right away, that ball went under the mesh to an even younger fan. What a good kid.
Now look, the Jays are looking for some help. They can’t seem to make any plays, and this young ball boy looked like Vladdy Jr. out there tracking the foul ball. Minor league deal, who says no?
As a whole, Thursday night was about as disastrous as it could’ve. Kevin Gausman fanned six batters over 6.0 IP allowing just two earned runs and two walks, but allowed seven hits over the course of the night. His night wasn’t a complete disaster, but it wasn’t great.
The batters, however, had no idea how to figure out rookie lefty pitcher Angel Zerpa, who allowed one earned run, fout hits and two walks in 5.0 IP.
Anyways, hopefully the Jays can figure baseball out Friday.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Blue Jays CF George Springer opts out of all-star game

It turns out George Springer won’t be going to the all-star game.

The Athletic’s Kaitlyn McGrath reported Thursday that Springer has opted out of the midsummer classic in order to rest his elbow.

George Springer has decided to not play in the All-Star game. He’s going to use the time to rest his elbow. MLB will announce his replacement a little later this afternoon #BlueJays
— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) July 14, 2022

Springer has been dealing with some elbow issues all year long, and for the most part it’s been manageable. While he did get some imaging done after leaving a game against the White Sox in late June, Springer has been okay. He mentioned at the time the big issue was on swing and misses.
His numbers have slowly been dipping through the season, too. In April, he slashed .300/.360/.588 in 80 at-bats, but that line has fallen to .190/.261/.405 through 42 AB’s in July. There is some sample size issues there, but the numbers aren’t overly promising.
Springer’s played in all-star games in the past, so it makes sense he is opting out of this one in order to give himself a chance to really get some rest.
The Jays kick off a four-game set against the Kansas Royals minor league team Thursday and then Springer will have a chance at four days of rest. Toronto’s schedule picks back up next Friday with a three-game road trip to Boston.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
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Leaflets: What about Bob(rovsky)?, draft thoughts, and more

This is the week. Big stuff will be going down around the NHL and with the Leafs in need of two goaltenders, Toronto has no choice but to be in the thick of it. Today is the deadline for qualifying offers, it’s the last day to put someone on waivers for buyouts, and we don’t have a Leafs prospects camp roster yet. That’s a lot of stuff to tide us over until free agency opens on Wednesday.
The idea of Sergei Bobrovsky as an option seems less crazy
I don’t know if Florida has made their peace with the idea of sticking it out with Bobrovsky, but with a tough salary cap situation in the sunshine state there is a very real possibility that the Panthers will try to clear what they can with Bobrovsky’s contract. While it’s unlikely that the Panthers will be unloading Bobrovsky within their division, I submit to you that Bobrovsky might not be a bad option for the Leafs as a trade option from the third party involved.
Bobrovsky as a $10M AAV goaltender for 4 years has very little appeal. Bobrovsky if he can be brought down to around $5-6M he starts looking like a suitable option, one that has a better recent track record than M …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Was latest Raptors coaching hire made with Kevin Durant in mind?

Was latest Raptors coaching hire made with Kevin Durant in mind?

The Toronto Raptors are not going away in the Kevin Durant trade sweepstakes, as they will do everything in their power to make sure that they can bring in one of the greatest players ever to pick up a basketball. This extends to their coaching staff and their latest round of hires. The Raptors took […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson rips Chris Broussard’s silly Raptors take

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson rips Chris Broussard’s silly Raptors take

The Toronto Raptors are going hard after Kevin Durant in trade talks, as his fit with Toronto could be a match made in basketball heaven. While most prognosticators seem to be in on the fit and the package the Nets could receive, consider Chris Broussard skeptical. He came under fire for his comments about the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ