Blue Jays claim Matt Peacock off waivers from Royals

Some pitching reinforcements are on the way for the Toronto Blue Jays. But don’t get too excited just yet.
On Wednesday, the team claimed right-hander Matt Peacock off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. The 28-year-old was designated for assignment by the Royals earlier this week. To make room for Peacock on the 40-man roster, Shaun Anderson has been DFA’d.

ROSTER MOVE:
We’ve claimed RHP Matt Peacock off waivers from the Royals
RHP Shaun Anderson has been designated for assignment pic.twitter.com/pDvgYHJMS7
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 6, 2022

Peacock becomes the latest pitcher to be added to Toronto’s roster in recent days, as the club acquired Anthony Banda from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 2 and signed Sergio Romo in free agency last month.
Though, the 6’1″ hurler didn’t fare overly well during his brief time with the Royals earlier this season, posting a 5.40 ERA across 10.0 innings in nine appearances. Opposing batters were hitting .286 against him before he was DFA’d.
There could be some untapped potential with Peacock, however, as he registered a 3.74 ERA and was unlucky at times via his .314 OPP BABIP. Considering he induces plenty of ground balls, resulting in a 60.0 per cent clip, and his hard-hit rate against sits at 36.1 per cent, his overall results could improve with better fielding behind him.
Or at least, that’s what the Blue Jays’ coaches are hoping for.
In total, Peacock’s arsenal includes a low-90s sinker, which he’s throwing 58.4 per cent of the time this season. He also features a high-80s slider and a high-80s changeup.
With two minor-league options remaining, Peacock can be optioned to the minors this season and in 2023.
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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Report: Blue Jays claim Matt Peacock off waivers from Royals

Some pitching reinforcements are on the way for the Toronto Blue Jays. But don’t get too excited just yet.
On Wednesday, the team claimed right-hander Matt Peacock off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The 28-year-old was designated for assignment by the Royals earlier this week.

The Toronto #Bluejays claim pitcher Matt Peacock.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 6, 2022

Peacock becomes the latest pitcher to be added to Toronto’s roster in recent days, as the club acquired Anthony Banda from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 2 and signed Sergio Romo in free agency last month.
Though, the 6’1″ hurler didn’t fare overly well during his brief time with the Royals earlier this season, posting a 5.40 ERA across 10.0 innings in nine appearances. Opposing batters were hitting .286 against him before he was DFA’d.
There could be some untapped potential with Peacock, however, as he registered a 3.74 ERA and was unlucky at times via his .314 OPP BABIP. Considering he induces plenty of ground balls, resulting in a 60.0 per cent clip, and his hard-hit rate against sits at 36.1 per cent, his overall results could improve with better fielding behind him.
Or at least, that’s what the Blue Jays’ coaches are hoping for.
In total, Peacock’s arsenal includes a low-90s sinker, which he’s throwing 58.4 per cent of the time this season. He also features a high-80s slider and a high-80s changeup.
On another roster-related note, the Blue Jays recalled pitcher Casey Lawrence, who’s expected to start Thursday for the injured Kevin Gausman, from triple-A Buffalo and have sent Trent Thornton …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Should Raptors be interested in Kenyon Martin Jr. trade?

Should Raptors be interested in Kenyon Martin Jr. trade?

The Toronto Raptors could pursue some sort of low-stakes trade if they want to retain OG Anunoby and develop another switchable backup. With more trade rumors continuing to surround the Houston Rockets, going after Kneyon Martin Jr. should be something Toronto does their homework on. Despite the fact that the son of the former Nets […]
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Raptors: 3 contracts Otto Porter Jr. deal is much better than

The Toronto Raptors managed to both retain some of their big-name free agents and bring in a new rotation member in the early stages of the NBA offseason. Not only were Chris Boucher and Thad Young signed to multi-year contracts, but Otto Porter Jr. was signed away from the Golden State Warriors. The Raptors are […]
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Rumours: Campbell and Mikheyev updates, Dubas’ plan, fresh trade bait

In last week’s Rumour post I held out some hope that with scouting meetings wrapping up we might finally see some tangible rumours develop this week. That was wishful thinking and we are still very much at the mercy of a very quiet Leafs organization that doesn’t want to tip their hand one way or another. The silence from the Leafs organization is probably a positive thing and certainly seems more respectful of the players, but on the other hand, it makes me nervous having no idea what could be coming and often leads to raised expectations.
In the spirit of that, let’s start with a refresher from Kyle Dubas’ end of season press availability that spelled out some of what could be explored this summer:
I don’t think that we just want to start making changes that may be lateral or make us inferior as a team just to say that we changed something.
I think this one is a pretty straightforward one and in many ways a throwaway statement. No one goes into a trade trying to get back the same value or trading from an area of need that they’d need to replace with a similar player at a similar cost. I mean, you could do that if you plan gaining assets via trade and then be aggressive in free agency, but there is more risk associated with that approach than GMs like.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martínez tossed from Wednesday game before it even started

Guillermo Martínez had some takes on Wednesday.

So much so that when the Toronto Blue Jays sent the hitting coach out for a lineup exchange, he got tossed from the game before the first pitch was even thrown.

Here’s hitting Coach Guillermo Martínez delivering the lineup card and immediately getting thrown out of the game, like a boss pic.twitter.com/yz5CEUgdyc
— Blue Jays Nation (@thejaysnation) June 22, 2022

While we don’t know exactly what led to Martínez getting chucked from the game, I think it’s safe to assume it had to do with Tuesday night’s extra-inning debacle against the Southsiders.
Behind the plate was Doug Eddings who had one of the worst commands of the zone as I’ve ever seen. According to Ump Scorecards, Eddings called 25 pitches as strikes that were actually balls.

Umpire: Doug EddingsFinal in 12: Blue Jays 6, White Sox 7#NextLevel // #ChangeTheGame#TORvsCWS // #CWSvsTOR pic.twitter.com/xF7KTGcGQi
— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) June 22, 2022

It cost the Blue Jays a staggering 3.79 runs, while costing the White Sox 1.79 runs. While it was bad both ways, the Jays were clearly coming out on the short end of the stick. Missing a few pitches here or there isn’t the end-all-be-all, but when you’re as consistently awful as Eddings was Tuesday, it’s hard to give any credit.
During Wednesday’s matinee to wrap up the series, the officiating crew bumped Eddiings to third-base, presumably to cut him a break after a tough, tough go.
Hopefully, after the game, Charlie Montoyo gives us some idea of what happened with Martínez.
A quick note on Springer
Jays slugger George Springer was removed from Tuesday’s game with elbow discomfort but has remained on the active roster. The Jays have an off-day Thursday before a three-game series on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers, so hopefully we’ll find out more about what was plaguing Springer for a few days.
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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Raptors remaining interested in shocking Rudy Gobert trade

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The Toronto Raptors are widely expected to make some significant acquisitions as they try to maintain their status as one of the best teams in the East. Trading for disgruntled Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert would be pricy, but it doesn’t seem like Toronto is totally discounting it just yet. The Raptors had some success […]
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Toronto Blue Jays CF George Springer leaves Tuesday game with elbow discomfort

Some not-so-great news has come out of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Tuesday night’s game against the Southsiders.

George Springer left the game in the eighth inning with what the club is calling discomfort in his right elbow.

UPDATE: OF George Springer was removed from tonight’s game with right elbow discomfort.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 22, 2022

There was nothing visual that had happened for Springer who was getting a night off from the outfield DH’ing. As the lineup rotated towards the top of the order, Sportsnet’s Arash Madani reported in-game that both Springer and head athletic trainer Jose Ministral wasn’t on the bench.
Madani noted that there was a clip of Springer stretching out his elbow talking to Bo Bichette ahead of Monday’s series-opener against the White Sox.
All of a sudden, we saw Cavan Biggio pinch-hitting for Springer in the top of the eighth. Springer’s outing had been far from ideal. He went 0-for-3 striking out in each at-bat and got caught swinging hard.
Springer’s first year with the Jays had been plagued by injuries playing in just 78 games with an injury to his quadriceps. Obviously, anytime we hear of potential for anyone on the team there’s some concern, but that increases a little more given Springer’s history.
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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Matthew Knies and Ty Voit have been invited to the USA Hockey World Junior evaluation camp

Some Leafs news popped up this afternoon as USA Hockey has made their announcement of who will be attending their evaluation camp that will serve as the final look for the World Juniors tournament this summer and the first look for the World Juniors tournament around Christmas.

The 60 players that will attend the 2022 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp have been announced!
Details → https://t.co/WHs3tb7xSG pic.twitter.com/LxbK7PlOJH
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) June 21, 2022

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Matthew Knies finds himself on this list. The highly touted prospect was selected to the Olympic team so the World Juniors are a virtual lock for him this summer, but his age will make him ineligible for the winter tournament.
Enter Leafs up and comer Ty Voit, who is coming off a big year with the Sarnia Sting. Voit might be a long shot for the summer team as much of the players who were originally slated to attend the tournament last Christmas are likely to return, but Voit is one of the more interesting options for this December and should get a strong chance to make his case.
The camp also has the potential to include a future Maple Leaf as there isn’t any shortage of 2022 draft eligibles on the invite list.
The evaluation camp runs from July 24th-August 3rd, and will immediately be followed by the 2022 World Junior Tournament in Edmonton from August 9th-20th. The 2023 tournament is slated for December 26th-January 3rd in Halifax and Moncton.
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The cap is on the rise, the season will start on time, and other news on the state of the NHL

For some, tonight is all about the best on best matchup between two stacked teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche. For others tonight is a bit about gaining some insight into the direction the league is going and how long we’re committed to flat caps and hockey deep into the summer. For his part, Gary Bettman provided some actual good news on both of those fronts and there was some other interesting information to boot.

Gary Bettman says the 2022-23 #NHL regular season will begin on Oct. 11.
Schedule will be released in “early July.”
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 15, 2022

In the true spirit of the NHL, I’d take that early July release to mean “July 14th”, but given that falls during the start of free agency, we might see the NHL truly stick their word and we could see a schedule in that window of time between the draft and free agency. It seems too much to ask for that they’d give it to us any earlier than that. It doesn’t really matter anyway, the big thing is being back to a normal hockey schedule that should see everything moved up two weeks next year.

Gary Bettman mentioned “record” #NHL revenues this year. Says now that number could be in excess of $5.2 billion.
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