Pablo Lopez should be on the Blue Jays’ radar this winter

With key free agents like Robbie Ray, Marcus Semien and Steven Matz expected to become available this off-season, it’s no secret the Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to spend in free agency. But there’s also a very good chance they could be major players on the trade market over the next few months, too.
Considering two-fifths of the Blue Jays starting rotation from this past season is slated to hit the open market following the World Series, addressing those two areas will undoubtedly be one of the many priorities for the front office this winter. Since every hole can’t be filled through free agency, at least for this organization, it seems they’ll be aiming to execute a few impactful trades before spring training rolls around.
While several different teams might be inclined to move a talented starter, on paper, the Miami Marlins – who haven’t been strangers to making blockbuster deals in the past – could prove to be an ideal trading partner once the off-season begins.
Hoping to climb out of the National League’s basement next season, the Marlins have previously been rumoured to be looking to make a giant splash or two in …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Should Toronto check in on a Deandre Ayton trade?

Raptors: Should Toronto check in on a Deandre Ayton trade?

The Toronto Raptors started the season off with some mixed results, as their swarming defense has often been let down due to an offense that looks a tad inconsistent right now. Could things be changed around by a midseason trade? It is early yet in the season, so stressing about flaws and negative trends is […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 rotation changes Nick Nurse must make

Toronto Raptors: 3 rotation changes Nick Nurse must make

The Toronto Raptors have started off the season at 1-3 with all three of their losses coming at home. A blowout win in Boston against a tough Celtics team was immediately followed by home losses to the Mavericks as well as an old teammate in DeMar DeRozan and his Chicago Bulls. The Raptors might have […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Why a play-in berth should be expected this season

Raptors: Why a play-in berth should be expected this season

With the 2021-22 NBA season underway, the Toronto Raptors are gearing up for their first year without Kyle Lowry since 2011-12. Expectations are lower than they have been in years, but with a team that’s built to rely on some new faces, both to the team (Goran Dragic, Precious Achiuwa) and the league (new team […]
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Author: Tyler Hedmann / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Goran Dragic hypes up Precious Achiuwa breakout with revealing quote

Raptors: Goran Dragic hypes up Precious Achiuwa breakout with revealing quote

The Toronto Raptors parted ways with Kyle Lowry in the offseason, but their deal with the Miami Heat allowed them to recoup an experienced veteran guard in Goran Dragic and a promising young big man in Precious Achiuwa. The Nigerian international center proved to be one of the stars of the preseason. Achiuwa was third […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Nick Nurse’s plan for OG Anunoby could fuel DPOY season

Raptors: Nick Nurse’s plan for OG Anunoby could fuel DPOY season

With so much hype and bombast surrounding the offensive improvements that Toronto Raptors star OG Anunoby has made over the course of the last few months, it’s easy to forget that he has the skills to potentially become the best on-ball defender in the Eastern Conference. With Kyle Lowry in Miami and Pascal Siakam recovering […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Waiving Freddie Gillespie had to happen after bad preseason

Raptors: Waiving Freddie Gillespie had to happen after bad preseason

The Toronto Raptors ended their preseason with a very impressive victory against the Washington Wizards, and that game was of extra significance to players like Freddie Gillespie, Sam Dekker, and Isaac Bonga, as these non-guaranteed players were fighting for space on the Opening Night roster. Gillespie looked like a lock to secure one of those […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Today: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Prediction, Pick, TV for Oct. 12

Raptors Game Today: Raptors vs Wizards Odds, Prediction, Pick, TV for Oct. 12

The Toronto Raptors did not let the Rockets go back to Houston with some positivity or momentum, as the likes of OG Anunoby beat the stuffing out of them in a wire-to-wire victory that moved them to 2-2 in the preseason. The latest Raptors odds, however, aren’t too keen on them winning two in a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 most surprising players after 3 preseason games

Toronto Raptors: 3 most surprising players after 3 preseason games

With their 113-111 road loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night at TD Garden, the Toronto Raptors are now more than halfway through their 2021 NBA preseason schedule: three games down, two to go. The Raptors are 1-2, including a 123-107 win over the 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on Monday, and a 125-113 loss […]
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Author: Brian Swane / Raptors HQ

Leafs waive Brooks, keep Amadio, and can use some LTIR space

It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you many around Leafs Nation will lose sleep over the possibility of Adam Brooks being claimed off of waivers. A big part of this is because Brooks has found the scoresheet in his limited time with the Leafs and is priced ideally for sliding into the bottom part of the Leafs lineup. Brooks has strong hockey sense, and a willingness to take on whatever role has been asked of him when he’s in the lineup. Those are important qualities and risking depth at center is never fun.
On the flip side of that, the reality is Adam Brooks is absolutely the kind of player that goes on waivers. He’s very much an AHL/NHL tweener at this stage, and Engvall, Semyonov, and Amadio are all around to offer some center depth this year as well. Sending Brooks down on a high traffic waivers day before roster finalization is likely an attempt to sneak him through and Amadio could be waived once the Leafs know Brooks is safe.
That said, Amadio had a solid camp for the Leafs and very well could have beat Brooks out for the final roster …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation