Deadline Primer: The Bullpen

Oh how we love to get our hopes up, it’s a Trade Deadline tradition, after all. However, heading into the 2021 Trade Deadline, things feel a little bit different. The Blue Jays boast one of the game’s most feared lineups to go along with one of the game’s deepest farm systems. It’s the perfect recipe for a little trade deadline drama.

The biggest hole for this club since the very beginning of the season has been in the bullpen, and although Adam Cimber and Trevor Richards have done well to come in and bolster, it’s very to say that GM Ross Atkins will be on the hunt for at least one more reliever. In 2020, The Jays were in a similar situation, as they approached the expanded playoff with minimal concern for falling out. They went out and acquired starting pitching depth in Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray and Ross Stripling and used them to lengthen the bullpen. I would suspect another bulk reliever to be added to fold sooner than later to upgrade over Anthony Kay as the first man out and push relievers like the aforementioned Cimber and Richards back down towards the back end.
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Author: DeuceDoucette / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 restricted free agents to go after this offseason

Toronto Raptors: 3 restricted free agents to go after this offseason

The Toronto Raptors’ playoff hopes are officially dead, and the front office should start to be focused on retooling this roster for a return to the postseason as soon as next year, with free agency being the main tool they should lean on. The FA market should be a major focus for Masai Ujiri and GM […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Should the Toronto Raptors be worried about Fred VanVleet amid slump?

Should the Toronto Raptors be worried about Fred VanVleet amid slump?

The Toronto Raptors saw their playoff hopes hit a major roadblock against the Brooklyn Nets, as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Jeff Green beat up on Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and the rest of the squad. VanVleet was in for a very rough evening, as his poor shooting continued his subpar run of form. VanVleet […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors take down Cavaliers behind Pascal Siakam’s dominance

Toronto Raptors take down Cavaliers behind Pascal Siakam’s dominance

Any playoff hopes Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors have picked up a little more life, as they were able to pick up a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 112-96. A game that was close for the majority of the running time saw the Raptors pull away towards the end of […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 things to keep an eye on through the rest of 2020-21 season

Toronto Raptors: 3 things to keep an eye on through the rest of 2020-21 season

Time is running out on the Toronto Raptors’ playoff hopes for the 2020-21 season and, if the past three games are any indication, a turn-around in performance isn’t imminent. As our initial mock draft makes clear, attention is starting to turn towards the summer for the next phase in the rebuild. Newer Raptors fans may […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ