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Bluebird Banter Nov 16, 2018
Rule 5 overview: breaking down the infield and catching mix

Rule 5 overview: breaking down the infield and catching mix

After working our way through the more complicated outfield and pitching mix, we finish with the areas that are less interesting from a Rule 5 perspective. Starting with the infield: Established MLB regulars: Justin Smoak Established MLB players: Brandon Drury, Aledmys Diaz, Kendrys Morales MLB wild cards: Devon Travis, Troy Tulowitzki Unestablished but MLB level/ready: Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Rowdy Tellez Prospects: Richard Urena Other/bubble: Yangervis Solarte Rule 5 eligibles: Kevin Vicuna, nominally There’s really nothing to discuss about the Rule 5 directly when it comes to the infield,...
Jays Journal Nov 8, 2018

Blue Jays: Defensive metrics weren’t kind in 2018

An arguable yardstick for measuring the effectiveness of a particular player in the field, the SABR Defensive Index was quite unkind to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018. It was, all told, disappointing, yet unsurprising that the Blue Jays did not have a Gold Glove Award winner in 2018. While Justin Smoak was a finalist, […] Blue Jays: Defensive metrics weren’t kind in 2018 - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jays Journal Nov 5, 2018

Blue Jays: Justin Smoak edged out by Oakland’s Matt Olson for AL Gold Glove

The Blue Jays didn’t have a Gold Glove award winner in 2018 after the results showed Justin Smoak didn’t bring home the hardware for the first base position. Though it was perhaps a bit of a longshot to suggest that Justin Smoak would take home the Gold Glove Award for American League first baseman, it […] Blue Jays: Justin Smoak edged out by Oakland’s Matt Olson for AL Gold Glove - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jays Journal Nov 2, 2018

Blue Jays: What’s likely to happen now with Yangervis Solarte

Despite the Blue Jays deciding not to exercise Yangervis Solarte’s contract option, he remains on the 40 man roster. What’s to become of him in Toronto? The Blue Jays’ front office has already made a few decisions to start their offseason, including the hiring of Charlie Montoyo, and the recent contract options for Justin Smoak […] Blue Jays: What’s likely to happen now with Yangervis Solarte - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Tip of the Tower Nov 1, 2018

Toronto Blue Jays make smart decisions with Justin Smoak and Yangervis Solarte

The Toronto Blue Jays had to decide on team options for Justin Smoak and Yangervis Solarte as they prepare for an intriguing offseason. When the World Series comes to a close, it starts the clock on an important time for MLB front offices including the Toronto Blue Jays. Teams have to make decisions on club […] Toronto Blue Jays make smart decisions with Justin Smoak and Yangervis Solarte - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts
Bluebird Banter Oct 31, 2018
Blue Jays pick up Justin Smoak’s option, decline Yangervis Solarte’s

Blue Jays pick up Justin Smoak’s option, decline Yangervis Solarte’s

Happy Halloween to all who are celebrating today. I am wearing a leopard onesie and it’s the first day I haven’t been freezing cold in this office. The Blue Jays have made official decisions on two player options: The Toronto Blue Jays have exercised the 2019 club option on 1B Justin Smoak and have declined the 2019 club option on infielder Yangervis Solarte. Solarte will remain on the 40-man roster and is eligible for arbitration.— Blue Jays PR (@BlueJaysPR) October 31, 2018 Justin Smoak’s $8m option was mentioned as likely to be picked up yesterday, and it was the obvious...
Jays Journal Oct 31, 2018

Blue Jays to pick up Justin Smoak’s option for 2019

An easy no-brainer, it appears as though the Blue Jays are going to keep Smoak around for another year. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays are going to pick up Justin Smoak‘s $8 million team option for the 2019 season. Jon Heyman of Fancred also noted on Twitter that the Blue […] Blue Jays to pick up Justin Smoak’s option for 2019 - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Puckett's Pond Oct 26, 2018

Minnesota Twins Trade Profile: 1B/DH Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays

The Minnesota Twins will be taking a look at all avenues to improve the team for 2019 and a trade for Justin Smoak could provide help in the lineup. The Minnesota Twins have players who seemingly will slot into many of the starting positions around the diamond as we look forward to 2019. Even with […] Minnesota Twins Trade Profile: 1B/DH Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jays Journal Oct 26, 2018

Blue Jays: Justin Smoak named Gold Glove finalist

Known league-wide as a premier defender, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak may be getting recognized for his fielding. According to an official release by Rawlings, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak has been named a finalist for the 2018 American League Gold Glove Award for the first base position. Smoak is being […] Blue Jays: Justin Smoak named Gold Glove finalist - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jays Journal Oct 23, 2018

Blue Jays: Justin Smoak’s quiet trade value this winter

While the Blue Jays embark on their latest rebuild, there are a couple of veterans who could get traded this year, including the quietly valuable Justin Smoak. This past summer the Blue Jays shipped out several veteran contracts including J.A. Happ, Curtis Granderson, Roberto Osuna, and more. That trend could continue this winter as the […] Blue Jays: Justin Smoak’s quiet trade value this winter - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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