BJN Radio – Ep. 47: Breaking down what happened before MLB’s lockout and what’s going to happen next

That was a fun off-season while it lasted!

Now we get to stare into the void for the next few weeks (or months) as the owners and players slowly figure out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In this episode of Blue Jays Nation Radio, we talked about Steven Matz, Robbie Ray, and Marcus Semien signing elsewhere and who the Blue Jays might bring in to replace them. Ray has already been swapped out for Kevin Gausman, but the team is going to need to find another back-end starter and an impact position player. We dug into the rumours around Kris Bryant, Freddie Freeman, and more.
After that, we talked about the work stoppage and what to expect from the lockout. This has been boiling for years so things are going to get ugly. Players want to reach free agency sooner and owners believe that free agency is what makes the league only competitive to a small handful of rich teams. Buckle up.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. showing tangible growth as a scorer

Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. showing tangible growth as a scorer

While much of the attention surrounding Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. has related to his stunning defensive improvements, he is still going to be trusted to consistently give this team an injection of youth, shooting, and tenacity. Based on how this season has gone, Masai Ujiri has to be thrilled with his production. Trent, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Could the Toronto Raptors move off of Malachi Flynn before 2022-23?

Could the Toronto Raptors move off of Malachi Flynn before 2022-23?

While Toronto Raptors have emphasized the development of young players this season, former first-round pick Malachi Flynn has not been given a substantial diet of minutes. While Scottie Barnes has started every game in which he’s been healthy and Dalano Banton has been given a ton of quality minutes, Flynn has been rooted to the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam is not at fault for losing streak

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam is not at fault for losing streak

While the Toronto Raptors have finally seen Pascal Siakam return to action after a lengthy absence, his return hasn’t coincided with victories. Siakam has played in just four games this year, and Toronto has lost all four. When Siakam sat out against Philadelphia to rest, Toronto took home the win. While it took some time […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Putting Malachi Flynn in G League might help him develop

Raptors: Putting Malachi Flynn in G League might help him develop

While the Toronto Raptors have been treated to a promising start to the season buoyed by standout young players like Scottie Barnes and Canadian rookie Dalano Banton, one of the youngsters that hasn’t been able to make as much of an impact as many believed he would is point guard Malachi Flynn. Flynn, who was […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Jaylen Brown-Ben Simmons trade would be bad for Toronto

Raptors: Jaylen Brown-Ben Simmons trade would be bad for Toronto

While the Toronto Raptors have managed to be a relatively stable organization through the first few weeks of the 2021-22 season, the Philadelphia 76ers are still struggling with the Ben Simmons situation. Even after a few weeks, neither side appears closer towards any sort of breakup or reconciliation. Simmons is digging in his heels and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Offseason Minor League Roster Shuffle and The Rule 5 Draft

While the focus, rightly, is on the major league roster and future maneuvering to improve it (about which I have many thoughts, as do you, but that’s just one girl’s opinion) it’s also the time of year when housekeeping goes on throughout the farm system. There are several different layers of actions going on which will affect the content of the rosters as teams head into the winter. This is not “big news” content for the most part but if you keep a close eye on the system it’s stuff to know.

Minor League Free Agency
I’m not really going to go into the finer details of the rules governing this process, some are mildly complex, but, in general, many players who’ve been in the majors and sent down can opt for free agency, veteran minor leaguers who signed as a MiLB free agent last winter are typically signed to one-year deals and are thus free again, and players who have played at all in seven minor league seasons since signing have reached free agency (and per last year’s choices regarding this process and the Rule 5, that includes the 2020 season even though it …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Winners and Losers from close win against Magic

Raptors: Winners and Losers from close win against Magic

While some might have viewed the first meeting between the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic as a battle between two top-five NBA Draft picks in Scottie Barnes and Jalen Suggs, the likes of Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. had to make sure that Toronto was able to close out their homestand with a victory. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Goran Dragic shouldn’t start after poor preseason

Toronto Raptors: Goran Dragic shouldn’t start after poor preseason

While the Toronto Raptors were able to land a potential impact center for years to come in Precious Achiuwa as a part of the Kyle Lowry deal, they also brought back another aging guard thanks to the addition of Goran Dragic. The Slovenian vet averaged 13.4 points per game last year with Miami. While the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Ilya Mikheyev will be out at least eight weeks with a broken hand

While the Leafs were able to end their preseason on a win, they also saw one of their key forwards go down with a hand injury. It looked bad at first glance and now we know how long the Leafs will be without Ilya Mikheyev.

Sheldon Keefe said Ilya Mikheyev will have surgery on a broken thumb and will miss a minimum of eight weeks
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 11, 2021

Late in the first period of Saturday night’s game, Mikheyev was knocked to the ice by Senators defenceman Dillon Heatherington and appeared to have landed hard on his hand. He went to the bench in serious discomfort and was ruled out for the rest of the game at the beginning of the second period. As you can see from the clip below, he landed awkwardly on the ice and his hand hit the surface in an uncomfortable manner.
It’s a tough break for Mikheyev who has previously had injury problems with his hands in the past, with the most notable being a gruesome injury back in December 2019. He is coming off his sophomore campaign where he produced seven goals, 10 assists, and 17 points in 54 games while going scoreless in …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation