Apparently the Brewers made a trade offer for Randal Grichuk

The Red Sox and Brewers hooked up on a trade before the CBA expired, as Hunter Renfroe was sent to Milwaukee and Jackie Braldey Jr. and three prospects went to Boston.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers tried to dump Bradley in a variety of different trades for other outfielders, one of which was Randal Grichuk…
Before acquiring Hunter Renfroe from the Red Sox, the Brewers dangled Jackie Bradley Jr. in trades for a variety of other outfielders, including the Blue Jays’ Randal Grichuk, sources said. Unlike the Renfroe deal, in which the Brewers parted with Bradley and two infield prospects, a Grichuk trade would have been one-for-one.
So, why lose the prospects, infielder David Hamilton and Alex Binelas, who ranked 16th and 17th for the Brewers respectively, according to MLBPipeline.com? Because in the Bradley-Renfroe exchange, the Brewers created greater payroll flexibility for 2022, saving about $10 million. The Bradley-Grichuk swap likely would have been a financial wash. And Renfroe was just more appealing overall.
Bradley left the Red Sox last winter and signed a two-year deal with the Brewers worth $13,000,000 in 2021 and $11,000,000 in 2022. He was a mess in his first season in Milwaukee, slashing a .163/.236/.261 line, far and away the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors must resist Ben Simmons deal despite declining value

Toronto Raptors must resist Ben Simmons deal despite declining value

As soon as the trade buzz surrounding Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons started to pick up, Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors were mentioned as a potential landing spot. With their desire to get younger and more versatile paired with their disappointing 2020-21 season, the move made some sense in a vacuum. However, both Simmons […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

MLBTR projects the Blue Jays’ 12 arbitration-eligible players will cost the team $43 million

MLB Trade Rumours released its annual arbitration salary projections on Monday, and here’s what they have for the Blue Jays and the 12 arb-eligible players on the roster…

Ross Stripling – $4.4MM
Jose Berrios – $10.9MM
Jacob Barnes – $1.2MM
Teoscar Hernandez – $10.0MM
Adam Cimber – $1.5MM
Trevor Richards – $1.1MM
Ryan Borucki – $800K
Danny Jansen – $1.5MM
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – $7.9MM
Tim Mayza – $1.2MM
Trent Thornton – $900K
Cavan Biggio – $1.7MM
All told, that’s just a shade over $43 million for the group. Add that to the $58 million the team has committed to the 2022 payroll currently (George Springer, Hyun Jin Ryu, Randal Grichuk, and Lourdes Gurriel), and you have just over $100 million before considering free agents and other players who would flesh out the roster.
Of course, these are just projections and, obviously, nothing is set in stone, but MLBTR is generally pretty good with these things, so it’s a good place to start thinking about the off-season. Looking up and down this list, I would assume that 10 of these players are tendered contracts, with Jacob Barnes being a pretty easy choice to cut loose and Trent Thornton being a realistic 40-man roster casualty.
Another thing to consider is that a few of these players …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. is by no means an overpaid player

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. is by no means an overpaid player

The Toronto Raptors were active at the trade deadline last season, and their most noteworthy move was trading impending free agent Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal that brought former second-round pick Gary Trent Jr. to Canada. While it might have stung to see a fan favorite like Powell head elsewhere, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Toronto confident Goran Dragic trade interest will grow

Raptors: Toronto confident Goran Dragic trade interest will grow

The same trade that sent Toronto Raptors legend Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat also helped Masai Ujiri bring Goran Dragic to Canada. While he is a little long in the tooth and carrying an unsightly salary for his age, he is still a quality scorer and facilitator in this league, and that could be […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Pascal Siakam falls, Fred VanVleet rises in Top 100 ranking

Raptors: Pascal Siakam falls, Fred VanVleet rises in Top 100 ranking

With Kyle Lowry now plying his trade for the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors will lean on the services of Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet to guide them in what could be a very unusual transition period. Playing in Toronto has helped make this pair one of the more underrated star duos in the game. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Pascal Siakam says trade rumors and negativity bothered him

Raptors: Pascal Siakam says trade rumors and negativity bothered him

The Toronto Raptors were bombarded with trade rumors surrounding power forward Pascal Siakam, as teams around the league were trying to get one of the best players at his position in the league for pennies on the dollar after the selection of Scottie Barnes in the 2021 NBA Draft. While the Raptors still view Siakam […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 best assets Mavericks could give up in Goran Dragic trade

Raptors: 3 best assets Mavericks could give up in Goran Dragic trade

The idea of a Goran Dragic trade has been circling around the Toronto Raptors from the very second he arrived in town, as given his desire to win a championship and the fact that Masai Ujiri might not be gunning for the Larry O’Brien Trophy this year, a trade might be the best scenario for […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Masai Ujiri recounts emotional reunion with Precious Achiuwa

Raptors: Masai Ujiri recounts emotional reunion with Precious Achiuwa

In the same trade that sent Toronto Raptors franchise icon Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat, Masai Ujiri was able to potentially recoup a starting center for the future in former first-round selection Precious Achiuwa, who the Raptors were reportedly high on in the draft. Achiuwa has had a miraculous rise throughout the basketball ranks, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Trade Deadline Wrap-Up

Trade Deadline day is almost always one of the most disappointing days of the year. Whether you’re disappointed because of the players that went out, or with the players who came in, or the moves that could have been made and weren’t, there’s something for everyone today.
Let’s have a look at what went down in the Blue Jays world on the 2021 trade deadline.
To Oakland: Starling MarteTo Miami: Jesus Luzardo
Impact on The Blue Jays: Oakland is currently the team Toronto is chasing in the second Wild Card spot, and Marte is a bonafide star outfielder both at the plate and in the field. The Blue Jays were likely not in on Marte, with such a loaded outfield and the acquisition cost would have been too high for them if they were. Jesus Luzardo has struggled at the major league level, but he’s no doubt a promising young piece comparable to Nate Pearson from The Blue Jays who has also had his own trials and tribulations at the Major League level.
To New York: Joey Gallo, John KingTo Texas: Everson Pereira, Trevor Hauver, Josh Smith, Ezequiel Duran, Randy Vazquez, Glenn Otto
Impact on The …

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Author: DeuceDoucette / Blue Jays Nation