The Blue Jays have been in talks with the Angels about Noah Syndergaard and Raisel Iglesias

According to Blue Jays Nation’s very own Brendon Kuhn, the Blue Jays are in talks with the Los Angeles Angels about Noah Syndergaard.

The 29-year-old signed a one-year contract with the team after undergoing Tommy John surgery back in May 2020.

Source: Blue Jays are in talks with the Angels about Noah Syndergaard
— bk (@_bkuh_) August 2, 2022

The 6’6 righty has posted a 3.83 ERA and a 3.96 FIP in 80 innings pitched. His K% sits at 18.9%, but it has been rising as he’s shaken off the rust.

Thor, Dirty 89mph Changeup.
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 5, 2022

Interestingly, the Jays originally drafted Syndergaard in the 2010 draft but traded him to the New York Mets for the reigning NL Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey.
Pitching with the Mets, the righty was known for his high velocity, as he sat in the upper 90s for a time. However, after the surgery, his velocity dropped to the mid-90s.
Despite only pitching two innings after the 2019 season, Noah was offered a qualifying offer from the Mets, which he declined. He signed a one-year, $21,000,000 with the bad team from LA.
Are the Jays interested in Raisel Iglesias?
According to Blue Jays Nation’s own Thomas Hall, the Blue Jays have also been in talks with the Angels about their closer, Raisel Iglesias.

#BlueJays have intensified their pursuit of Syndergaard.
They remain interested in Iglesias, but are mainly focused on Thor.
— Thomas Hall (@ThomasHall85) August 2, 2022

This season, the 32-year-old right has posted a 4.04 ERA and a 3.18 FIP in 35.2 innings pitched. He definitely offers swing and miss, as he has a K% of 32.9% while keeping the free passes down to 6.2%.
His velocity has ticked down about one mile per hour (it makes a difference) to 95.3 mph, after hovering at around 96.3 the past two seasons. However, this doesn’t stop him from getting swings, as his K/9 is still fantastic.

Raisel Iglesias, Fatality Sword. 🪦
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 22, 2022

What worries me is his contract. This season he’s only making $10 million, which certainly fits his price tag after a great career (3.13 ERA, 3.34 FIP in 517.1 IP). However, he’ll be making $16 million in each of the next three seasons.
If this is the start of a …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

The Big Man and the bats spark Jays rebound W

Ah yes, that’s more like it.
A day after a very disappointing loss to the Royals, the Blue Jays bounced back in a big way with a 8-1 win over Kansas City.
The Jays took control of this one early, as 3-run home runs from Teoscar Hernandez and Matt Chapman in the 4th and 5th inning respectively put Toronto in cruise control early. Hernandez has been one of Toronto’s hottest bats lately. Since returning from out west, Hernandez is 7-for-16 with 3 HR, 2 2B, and 9 RBI. It’d be really good to see him fully return to his 2020-2021 form.
Sure, the home runs were glamorous, but it was the amount of competitive at-bats that the Jays had that stood out to me. Toronto made Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke work to get through 4 innings on 83 pitches. For context, Angel Zerpa only threw 73 pitches in 5 innings of work last night. On top of that, every Blue Jays hitter to record an at-bat got a hit.
Today was also another successful Alek Manoah Day, for those who observe. The Big Man held the Royals in check for 7 innings, only giving up a single run. Manoah’s put-away pitch tonight was his sharp slider; five of his six st …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Checking in on the Leafs cap situation a day before free agency

Last night the sky was very much falling as the Leafs overpaid on Matt Murray, who very much does not have a lot of value at the moment. The Leafs only getting 25% salary retention on Murray, and only receiving a 3rd and 7th round pick as compensation for the trouble isn’t going to sit particularly well, even though only taking on two years of term has to be considered a modest win, especially when those two years align with the expiration of the Leafs most critical contract in Auston Matthews.
Still, the Leafs very much need to be mindful of their cap budget, and just because everything looks rosy in the summer2024 doesn’t mean that things are rosy today. The Leafs still need to have a competitive enough team that Matthews is going to stay beyond his contract, and the question is, do the Leafs have much cap space to improve their roster now?

After the trade for Matt Murray the Leafs are left with approximately $7.1M dollars to find a backup goaltender, fill three forward vacancies (including Engvall), and sign Rasmus Sandin. That last one is the one that truly seems to be complicating things at the moment, but it is also the one that seems like it will need to be the next priority for the Leafs. Considering the Leafs can fill a couple of those forward vacancies easy with low cost Marlies like Joey Anderson and Alex Steeves, that should put things closer to $5.5M to deal with Sandin, Engvall, and the second part of the tandem. Still that seems somewhat doable if you want to live in the dream world where Sandin takes a deal similar to Liljegren’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation