Blue Jays News Dump: Gabriel Moreno moves up MLB’s Top 100 list, Charlie Montoyo defends bullpen decisions, and more!

The Blue Jays won four of six games on their homestand but it never really felt as though they won either series.

They won the first two games against both the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds and then came up short when they had a chance to sweep. The issue with not taking care of business against these teams is the schedule is again getting difficult and those “easy” wins were supposed to pad some possible impending losses.
The team is currently in St. Louis for a two-game set with the Cardinals, they’ll then play four with the Angels in Anaheim, and then they’ll host the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins. These are all teams that either occupy a playoff spot or are in the mix for one.
In the first game of the series on Monday, the Blue Jays edged out a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning thanks to back-to-back bases loaded walks from George Springer and Santiago Espinal. Immediately after that, Jose Berrios allowed a home run to make the score 3-2 and he then allowed a pair of singles. Adam Cimber came into the game and allowed a game-tying single but escaped the jam thanks to a double play.
The Blue Jays didn’t score in the top ha …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

3 Raptors trade targets who will fix the lack of 3-point shooting

3 Raptors trade targets who will fix the lack of 3-point shooting

The Toronto Raptors need to fix their 3-point shooting in the offseason, as the playoffs showed how top-heavy their skill in this area is. When Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. don’t catch fire, Nick Nurse and the squad found it challenging to keep pace with the rest of the contenders in the East. Toronto […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

BJN Radio – Ep. 77: Blue Jays beat Mariners despite quiet bats, digging into the Juan Soto stuff, and more!

The Blue Jays have finally won their first series of the month of May!

Despite taking two of three from the scuffling Seattle Mariners, this series felt a little limp because the bats went completely silent on Wednesday when the Blue Jays had a chance to sweep.
We talked about the good stuff from the Seattle series, such as Yusei Kikuchi clowning his old team and Jose Berrios weaving through seven scoreless frames, and also the bad stuff, such as the worrying injury to Tim Mayza and the fact the bats are still in January.
We also talked about the speculation from Buster Olney that Juan Soto could be moved and whether that makes any sense at all. Finally, we looked ahead to a series against the Cincinnati Reds, an awful team that features a handful of Blue Jays castoffs who are doing very well.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

3 Raptors-centric takeaways as NBA Lottery order become finalized

3 Raptors-centric takeaways as NBA Lottery order become finalized

The Toronto Raptors traded away their first-round selection in the 2022 NBA Draft to acquire Thad Young. Unlike last year, where fans were on the edge of their seats after ending up with a top-four pick, Toronto could just sit back and watch the NBA Draft Lottery fireworks. The Orlando Magic ended up with the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs and Kyle Dubas ‘need’ Marlies prospects to compete for NHL roster spots next season

The Maple Leafs had yet another disappointing end to their season, but their future is all the more interesting.
When GM Kyle Dubas addressed the media in his end-of-season availability, he discussed a number of topics. One was finding the next Michael Bunting’s and Ondrej Kase’s for the team, another was regarding a few of the Maple Leafs’ prospects transitioning to the NHL from the Toronto Marlies.
Dubas was asked if he thought he needed more from his Marlies players next season. The Maple Leafs’ GM responded swiftly and said: “Yes, I do. And I expect that we will.”
There were a number of players who stood out with the Marlies over the course of this season — some on AHL deals and others on NHL deals. A few players on AHL contracts even got NHL deals towards the end of the regular season.
“I think not only just the players that are the obvious ones that are higher picks, but also as you look at the bottom of our forward lineup, in particular, guys that may not have as high a profile but can play specific roles and provide specific elements whether it’s speed, physicality, power and presence. So whether that’s a Bobby McMann, Curtis Douglas, Joey Anderso …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Should Raptors bring back David Johnson after quiet 2021-22?

Should Raptors bring back David Johnson after quiet 2021-22?

The Toronto Raptors got plenty of production out of their rookie class last year, as Scottie Barnes won Rookie of the Year and Justin Champagnie was a fine rotation player for some parts of the season. David Johnson, however, played such a small role that one has to wonder if he will return next season. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors should pounce on De’Andre Hunter amid trade rumors

Raptors should pounce on De’Andre Hunter amid trade rumors

The Toronto Raptors will likely keep their trade feelers extended for as long as possible this offseason, as this squad could be one or two significant additions away from proving themselves as a contender. If the Atlanta Hawks are interested in remaking their roster, De’Andre Hunter could be one piece that ends up getting moved. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Report: Toronto Blue Jays offered Brett Gardner a one-year, $6-million contract

In an effort to try and round out their batting order, the Toronto Blue Jays reportedly offered lefty Brett Gardner a one-year, $6-million deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports.

Gardner, 38, has spent his entire 14-year career with the New York Yankees and the offer from the Jays came after the lockout ended, Rosenthal reported citing unnamed sources.
He appeared in 140 games last year for the Yankees slashing .222/.327/.367 while smashing 10 home runs and 39 RBI’s.
If Brett Gardner is going to play again, it likely will only be for the Yankees, the team that drafted him in the third round out of the College of Charleston in 2005. And now that the Yankees seemingly have moved on from the free-agent outfielder, it appears his 14-year career might be over.
Gardner, 38, turned down a one-year, $6 million offer from the Blue Jays after the conclusion of the lockout, sources said. More recently, the Braves gauged his interest after learning outfielder Eddie Rosario would miss eight-to-12 weeks while recovering from a laser procedure to correct blurred vision and swelling in his right eye. Gardner declined to pursue the opportunity.
If this is it for Gardner, he will retire with 1,470 hits, 274 stolen bases and 139 home runs. He appeared in 140 or more games 10 times, including what might have been his final season in 2021. A World Series champion in 2009, All-Star in 2015 and Gold Glove winner in 2016, he also tied for the American League lead with 49 stol …

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors rumors: Toronto has “degree of interest” in Rudy Gobert

Raptors rumors: Toronto has “degree of interest” in Rudy Gobert

The Toronto Raptors have their set on some big offseason moves over the next few months, as such seismic shifts in the way they operate are required if they want to somehow climb into that contending tier. Taking Rudy Gobert away from the Utah Jazz could be one way to satiate the fanbase. Gobert is […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors 2022 free agent profile: Magic SG Gary Harris

Toronto Raptors 2022 free agent profile: Magic SG Gary Harris

The Toronto Raptors will emphasize surrounding their collection of stars with solid shooting threats in the offseason. Doing so would fix arguably the most significant issue that this Raptors team had last year. One player that could be an ideal fit for this squad is former Orlando Magic guard Gary Harris. After scoring as many […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ