12:02 PM EST, Wed December 07, 2022
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Wednesday Bantering: Signings, Lots of Signings

Wednesday Bantering: Signings, Lots of Signings

Set Number: X164211 TK1 There has been a ton of signings in the last few hours. Unfortunately, none of them by the Jays: After we were told by many (including Jon Heyman, who also had a rather funny typo, calling him Arson) that the Giants signed Aaron Judge, Judge signed with the Yankees for nine years, $360 million. I was quite happy about the Giants’ signing, but such is life. $40 million a year is a fair bit of money. Ben Clemens figured he would sign for nine years but at $35 million a year. The Padres were a late entry into the Judge negotiations, offering...
1 hour ago
Happy Birthday to Us

Happy Birthday to Us

There are very few pictures that have Minor Leaguer and Matt W in them. We are lucky to have this one. | Photo by Rich Schultz/ Bluebird Banter is 17 years old today. It started just a few days after the Blue Jays traded for Lyle Overbay (for David Bush, Gabe Gross and Zach Jackson). The trade got a very favourable review. The Jays are 1340-1312 since our birth. The first post is here, written by Marc Normandin. Marc has since written for many, many different sites. Unfortunately, he didn’t stay at the site long. Mark W. and Slitheringslider soon took over. Hugo...
Dec 6, 2022
Today in Blue Jays history: A.J. Burnett signing, Brett Lawrie trade

Today in Blue Jays history: A.J. Burnett signing, Brett Lawrie trade

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Today in Blue Jays history: 2005 Wow, 17 years ago. J.P. Ricciardi signed A.J. Burnett to a five-year, $55 million contract, including an opt-out clause. Burnett would team with Roy Halladay to make an excellent one-two punch at the top of our rotation for three seasons. Burnett went 38-26 with the Jays, with a 3.94 ERA in 81 games, 80 starts. After the 2008 season, Burnett opted out of his Blue Jays contract and signed with the Yankees for five years and $82.5 million. Much to our pleasure, AJ wasn’t the same pitcher for the Yankees as he...
Dec 5, 2022
Phillies Sign Trea Turner

Phillies Sign Trea Turner

Photo by Denis Poroy/ The big signings are coming hot and heavy now. The Phillies signed Trea Turner to an 11-year, $300 million contract. Trea will be 41 in the last season of the contract. Ben Clemens figured him to get a 9-year contract for $288 million., so he was in the ballpark. A little short on years, a little heavy on average yearly pay. Apparently, he has a full no-trade clause too. I don’t know that I’d want to have a middle infielder signed for 11 years. But then, he won’t be a middle infielder for all those years. He will be great to have for at...
Dec 5, 2022
Mets Sign Verlander

Mets Sign Verlander

Photo by Elsa/ Another big name off the board. The Mets have signed Justin Verlander to a two-year (plus an option) contract at $43.3 million yearly. The option is a ‘vesting option’, likely on innings pitched in the first two seasons. The contract aligns with what FanGraphs guessed (two years at $40 million yearly). The vesting option is a good deal for the team. If he pitches a good number of innings, he'll be worth another year.
Dec 5, 2022
Happy Birthday Justin Smoak

Happy Birthday Justin Smoak

Photo by Cole Burston/ Justin Smoak turns 36 today. Justin was the Rangers’ first-round pick in the 2008 draft, number 11 overall. He made it to the majors in 2010 and played 70 games for the Rangers before being traded to the Mariners in July, along with Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke for Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe. His rookie season was a bust, hitting .218/.307/.371 with 13 home runs. He would play the next four seasons for the Mariners, never living up to his first-round potential, hitting .226/.308/.384 with 66 home runs in 496 games. Justin came to the Jays off...
Dec 5, 2022
Today in Blue Jays History: The Big Trade

Today in Blue Jays History: The Big Trade

Photo credit should read CHRIS WILKINS/AFP via 32 Years Ago Stand Pat Gillick made the most significant trade in Blue Jays’ history. Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff went to the Padres for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter. I remember when 32 years was a long time ago. Now, not so much. I wasn’t a big fan of the trade then. We had a team in the race for the playoffs each season for the past few years. In 1985 and 1989, we made it to the playoffs. Then, suddenly, we traded the best shortstop the team ever had (and a personal favourite of mine) and a first baseman who,...
Dec 5, 2022
A Survey of the Catching Market

A Survey of the Catching Market

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports As we head into the winter meetings this week, the Jays appear ready to be major movers. Ross Atkins suggested this past week that moves on free agents are probably closer than trades, and the team has previously insisted that they don’t feel the need to trade on of their three starting calibre catchers. GMs aren’t known for telling the whole truth in press conferences, though, and dealing from strength to help with the needs in the outfield and the rotation just makes too much sense to foreclose on. Because of that, I decided to put...
Dec 4, 2022
McGriff Elected to the Hall of Fame

McGriff Elected to the Hall of Fame

Fred McGriff was the only player voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee. McGriff was elected unanimously by the 16 members of the committee. Others getting more than four votes were: Don Mattingly 8 Curt Schilling 7 Dale Murphy 6 Albert Belle, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, and Rafael Palmeiro were the others on the ballot. The voters were Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, Jack Morris, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas, Alan Trammell, Paul Beeston, Theo Epstein, Arte Moreno, Kim Ng, Dave St. Peter, Ken Williams,...
Dec 3, 2022
deGrom Signs With Rangers

deGrom Signs With Rangers

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports I’m sure you have all heard that Jacob deGrom signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Rangers, averaging $37 million yearly. And there is an option for a sixth year. It seems like a long contract for a guy who has thrown just 156 innings in the last two seasons. The contract would take him through his age 35 to 39 seasons (the option year would cover his age 40 season). I don’t know if he is the sort who will do well in his late 30s. Ben Clemens, at FanGraphs, had guessed he would get a three-year contract at $47 million a...
Dec 3, 2022
Today in Blue Jays history: Happ/Saunders trade

Today in Blue Jays history: Happ/Saunders trade

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Eight years ago today. The Blue Jays traded J.A. Happ to the Mariners for Michael Saunders. Happ had been with the Blue Jays for 2.5 seasons since he came over in a big trade with the Astros. We sent Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, Joe Musgrove, Carlos Perez, David Rollins, Asher Wojciechowski, and Kevin Comer to Houston for Happ, David Carpenter, and Brandon Lyon. Happ was up and down in his first run with the Jays. He went 19-20 with a 4.45 ERA in 58 games, 50 starts. He missed some time with injuries (including a knee injury...
Dec 2, 2022
Pat Tabler Leaving Sportsnet

Pat Tabler Leaving Sportsnet

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Pat Tabler won’t be back analyzing Sportsnet games. There is no suggestion on whether he wanted to come back or if he decided to leave. Thank you, Tabby! ⚾️A statement from @Sportsnet: pic.twitter.com/cDpBoMB3jm— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) December 2, 2022 And they had a statement from Tabby. A statement from Pat Tabler: pic.twitter.com/X74VZCzuLn— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) December 2, 2022 Bye Tabby. We’ll miss you.
Dec 1, 2022
Free Agent: Martín Pérez

Free Agent: Martín Pérez

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Winter meetings are coming, and,ly, with them will come some news. I guess I should thank the Jays for hiring Don Mattingly, but changing a bench coach wouldn’t rank as news if anything else was happening. We have used this idea for the last couple of years. The idea is to go through some of the top free agents, using the contract FanGraphs suggests and have a poll to see if we would sign him for that amount. Martín Pérez is number 20 on FanGraphs’ list and #14 on Keith Law’s list. Pérez turns 32 in early April. He’s...
Nov 30, 2022
Jays Hire Don Mattingly as Bench Coach

Jays Hire Don Mattingly as Bench Coach

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports The Jays made a free agent signing. Just not the pitcher or outfielder we have been looking forward to. Don Mattingly has been signed to take the job as bench coach. Casey Candaele, who finished last season in that job, has been demoted to the manager of the Bisons. I don’t know where Jeff Ware will end up. Going from the luxury of the majors back to the bus rides of the minors must not be all that thrilling for Casey, but he still gets a paycheck. Mattingly became the hitting coach for the Yankees in 2003. After losing out on the...
Nov 29, 2022
Tuesday Bantering: Bits of Jays Stuff

Tuesday Bantering: Bits of Jays Stuff

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports There isn’t much for Jays’ news today (making it like most days this month. They have announced that home game start times aren’t changing from last year. Blue Jays start times for home games next season are again 7:07 on weekdays, 3:07 on Saturdays and 1:37 on Sundays, with a few exceptions. pic.twitter.com/iWGaaa6vfw— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 29, 2022 And that tickets are either available now (as the graphic says) or will be available December 8th at 10 am Eastern (as it says in the text). Home game times...