Raptors 2022-23 season preview: PF Juancho Hernangomez

Raptors 2022-23 season preview: PF Juancho Hernangomez

The Toronto Raptors are still trying to figure out which of their non-guaranteed contracts are going to serve as the back end of the bench in the regular season. Several players included in that group are former first-round picks looking for a new home, Juancho Hernangomez being the most prominent of them all. Hernangomez, who […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors 2022-23 season preview: PG Jeff Dowtin

Toronto Raptors 2022-23 season preview: PG Jeff Dowtin

The Toronto Raptors still needed to fill one of their two-way contract spots by the time Summer League rolled around. After seeing the show that Jeff Dowtin put on for Toronto in Las Vegas, Nick Nurse and Masai Ujiri decided to make him a part of the squad for 2022-23. After being undrafted following a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: NBA exec says they’d move Scottie Barnes for Kevin Durant

Raptors: NBA exec says they’d move Scottie Barnes for Kevin Durant

The Toronto Raptors are still in a position to acquire Kevin Durant if Masai Ujiri is willing to sell off such a large part of the future. However, talks have hit a snag due to the Raptors being unwilling to discuss any trade as soon as Scottie Barnes’ name is mentioned by Sean Marks. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Alek Manoah leads the Blue Jays to their fifth straight win

Well, it wasn’t 28-5, but it was still a W.

The Jays were backed by yet another quality start from Alek Manoah, his 16th of the season, as they topped the struggling Red Sox 4-1.
Most of Toronto’s offense came in the third inning. Four straight hits to start the inning included RBI singles from Santiago Espinal and George Springer. Alejandro Kirk also chipped in a sacrifice fly later in the frame. Espinal’s RBI was heavily attributed to the Blue Jays putting Matt Chapman in a hit-and-run situation. Chapman took off from first base right as the pitch was delivered, and Espinal delivered a perfect hit into right field.
That play was part of many “little things” the Jays did well today. More specifically, Bo Bichette made a sound defensive play in the 5th inning, diving for a ground ball, setting his feet, and retiring Christian Vazquez, who has been a pain in the Blue Jays’ side this series. Teoscar Hernandez doubled in pinch-runner Bradley Zimmer in the 9th inning, providing Toronto with a big insurance run. Zimmer ran for Alejandro Kirk, and he stole second base before Hernandez brought him home.
Today also marked the return of George Springer, who sat out last night’s game in order to continue resting his elbow. Springer contr …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

MLB Notebook: Nationals make Juan Soto available, Santiago Espinal sent to the all-star game and more

Juan Soto is on the open market.

And while I still am learning about this beautiful game, it’s hard not to think that the Toronto Blue Jays should be all in. The power-lefty was reportedly offered a record-breaking 15-year, $440-million offer, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported, but the player turned it down.
While it would’ve made him the highest-paid player in major league history, the Nats are reportedly making Soto available in a trade now.
This is a massive development ahead of what was to be a busy Aug. 2 trade deadline in the first place. Soto immediately becomes the top player available, but the truth is the Nats don’t have to be in a rush to move him. He has two years of salary arbitration remaining and if a team could pick him up now, they would have control for three consecutive pennant races.
You know which team is looking to win some pennant races? That’s right, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Espinal the all-star

SantiaGOING to the All-Star Game!
Congratulations, @santdr13 pic.twitter.com/n8OVcSFnql
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 16, 2022

Santiago Espinal has been named to the midsummer classic, the Jays announced Saturday.
He will replace Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who left a Friday night game with a leg injury after being hit by a pitch.
Espinal’s in the midst of a breakout season in the majors and has been one of the Jays’ better stories so far this year. He’s slashing .271/.332/.394 in 317 at-bats driving in 37 runners while hitting six homers.
Minor league lawsuit settled
The MLB will pay $185 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit surrounding minimum wage and overtime pay for minor leaguers.
Originally filed in Feb. 2014 by former Miami Marlins minor leaguer Aaron Senne and two others, the suit was reportedly settled in May, three weeks before it was set to go to trial.
According to ESPN’s Je …

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

3 more Raptors moves that would give Toronto an A+ offseason

3 more Raptors moves that would give Toronto an A+ offseason

The Toronto Raptors are still trying their best to lure Kevin Durant away from the Brooklyn Nets, but they shouldn’t completely neglect the rest of their offseason checklist in order to accomplish that goal. With Summer League coming to a close soon, the roster could use a little nip and tuck. Toronto still has a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ