Posts Tagged: Aaron Hill

Game 127 vs. Oakland Athletics

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Oakland Athletics

Sun, August 21st, 2011 4:05 PM @ Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

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Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez starts things off by saying that John Farrell got his wrist hit on yesterday… What the heck man, that’s no where close to being Adam Lind… If you said Aaron Hill, at least that is close! (Contributed by @needsanickname)

Buck Blunder 2 – Buck Martinez has a funny repetition blunder by saying, “Jose Bautista has neck spasms in his neck”… No Way!!!! (Contributed by @davidbond11)

Buck Blunder 3 – Buck Martinez talked about how the Blue Jays decline something on Aaron Hill’s contract. He said that the Jays declined 2 options, but really it was only his 3rd year option. (Contributed by @dwarshafsky)

Buck Blunder 4 – Buck Martinez called Kurt Suzuki, Craig Suzuki. (Contributed by @Arock1234)

Buck Blunder 5 – Buck Martinez said that Josh Willingham popped up to Left Field his last AB, but he popped out to 2b. (Contributed by @IAmMackWilliams)

Buck Blunder 6 – Buck Martinez was off by 1 pitch when he said Luis Perez pitched 49, but Pitch Trax said 48. (Contributed by @origmichael)

Buck Blunder 7 – Buck Martinez said that there were only 4 hits in the game (some point in the game), but there were only 2. (Contributed by @LFri45, @therealllamaman, and @AlanClough)

Buck Blunder 8 – Buck Martinez called Bruce Walton, Chris Walton! (Contributed by @ryan_mills)

Buck Blunder 9 – After the Jose Bautista home run, but said that “Bautista’s homer has staked Bautista to a 1-0 lead”… I think he meant Luis Perez, cause you know, he is the pitcher and pitchers get wins, not heavy hitting bearded men :p Great job Buck! Great Job! (Contributed by @ShakeelSalamath, @coolhead2010, @avesprini, @k_willms, @BlueJayGal, @baberaham89, @biggles14, @Kennedy76ca, @kjo19, @nearlydenzil, and @DLui64)

Buck Blunder 10 – Frankie Frank into the ball game… Too bad it was Casey “I should be the closer” Janssen.. Oh hey, he picked up a 3 inning save! Awesome! Too bad for you so called “Frankie The Closer Francisco” (Contributed by @blandy12, @IAmMackWilliams, @BlueJayGal, @Jays_GiantsFan, and @JasonMcAmmond)

Buck Blunder 11 – Buck Martinez said that Jose Bautista hit his 35th home run, when it was his 36th! Stop short changing Bautista Buck!(Contributed by @PATSandJAYS, @robert337733, and @djrmp)


Game 122 vs. Seattle Mariners

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Seattle Mariners

Tue, August 16th, 2011 10:10 PM @ Safeco Field

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Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez thought we were still in spring! (Contributed by @JonWiseman, @LFri45, and @HilltopSr)

Buck Blunder 2 – Buck Martinez mentioned that Colby Rasmus use to face off against Jason Vargas in the NL a lot. Truth is, Colby has only faced Vargas in 3 ABs when Vargas was a Mariner during interleague. (Contributed by @King_Lime)

Buck Blunder 3 – When talking about Brett Lawrie’s father and grandfather, Buck mentioned that they must enjoy their son’s success. I think you mean son and grandson Buck? Also, Barry Davis made this same mistake when he interviewed Brett’s grandfather Tom. (Contributed by @Adam_A91)

Buck Blunder 4 – Buck Martinez said that Jason Vargas walked both Escobar and Bautista, when Escobar got on with a single and later got doubled up with Thames. (Contributed by @t_jokinen and @DederSandstorm)

Buck Blunder 5 – Buck Martinez called Halladay, Holliday :) Brilliant! (Contributed by @s_poole420)

Buck Blunder 6 – Buck Martinez called Luis Perez, Louie.. Not sure if that is a nickname or not…. (Contributed by @BlueJayGal)

Buck Blunder 7 – Buck Martinez said Jesse Litsch came in and threw two innings in the 6th inning yesterday. You can do two innings in one? WOW! (Contributed by @andrewziedins)

Buck Blunder 8 – Buck Martinez said that EE, Lawrie, Hill and JP the top of our order, when they are bottom! (Contributed by @WalruswildChild)

Buck Blunder 9 – Buck Martinez called the space needle, the Seattle Needle! (Contributed by @PdashOW)

Buck Blunder 10 – Buck Martinez called sportsnet.ca, sportnet.ca (Contributed by @greendayrock92)

Buck Blunder 11 – Buck Martinez was talking about horrific injuries when balls were fouled off batter’s foot or leg within the last few years. He mentioned Dustin Pedroia last year and Matt Williams of the Giants. Someone mentioned that Matt Williams hasn’t played in the MLB since 1996! That’s not a few years ago! (Contributed by @PdashOW)


Game 119 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ Toronto Blue Jays

Sat, August 13th, 2011 1:05 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez continues to call the Rule-4 draft or the first year draft as the free agent draft. (Contributed by @ShakeelSalamath and @andythequizzer)

Buck Blunder 2 – During the big inning with the 2 bombs, Buck Martinez said that J.P. Arencibia was the first out of the inning, but he was the 2nd. (Contributed by @alexmcwilliams and @ShakeelSalamath)

Buck Blunder 3 – Buck Martinez made a mistake on Weaver’s new ERA as he said it was 2.28 when it was 2.13. (Contributed by @RealBrendanKing)

Buck Blunder 4 – I think this is considered a blunder and a good catch. Buck Martinez said Rajai Davis is making his first start in CF since the acquisition of Colby Rasmus. This, however is not true since the day the Blue Jays acquired Rasmus, Davis was playing CF since Rasmus could not make it to the game.(Contributed by @alittlehghas (Part 1) and @alittlehghas (Part 2))

Buck Blunder 5 – Buck Martinez said that Lind was sitting when Hill was sitting as he was interview Lind! (Contributed by @KenRithyJr)


Game 118 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ Toronto Blue Jays

Fri, August 12th, 2011 7:05 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez called Jason Bay a little leaguer.. I guess he was once, but not now. (Contributed by @dwarshafsky)

Buck Blunder 2 – Buck Martinez mistaken Lind for Hill :p(Contributed by @s_poole420)

Buck Blunder 3 – Buck Martinez said that Brett Lawrie had 2 doubles against Ervin Santana, but he actually only has 2 doubles. (Contributed by @kennedy76ca)

Buck Blunder 4 – Buck Martinez called Jose Bautista, Mike Bautista… He must be the guy that is in this hitting slump. (Contributed by @KatiePammett)

Buck Blunder 5 – Buck Martinez said that Jose Bautista’s walk was the first of the night against Ervin Santana, but Brett Lawrie had a walk earlier. (Contributed by @Mitty_Mittz and @Shane_Zilbs)


Game 116 vs. Oakland Athletics

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Oakland Athletics @ Toronto Blue Jays

Wed, August 10th, 2011 7:05 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez starts things off with Aaron Hill’s botched line drive catch. He said Hill was the pitcher. (Contributed by @77hendriks, @ajacob24 and @LFri45)

Buck Blunder 2 – We haven’t had a “Jose Davis” call in a while. Rajai got a walk on that call… Thanks Buck! (Contributed by @bosoxfan929 and @kennedy76ca)

Buck Blunder 3 – Another Molina, Nestor Molina was called up to New Hampshire today. Buck Martinez said he was promoted to somewhere else :p (Contributed by @kennedy76ca)

Buck Blunder 4 – Buck Martinez said that Edwin Encarnacion was facing a 2-1 count, when it was 3-1.

Buck Blunder 5 – Buck Martinez was saying Kurt Suzuki has the most errors in the big leagues for a catcher, but later he said AL. (Contributed by @Discopatrol)

Buck Blunder 6 – Buck Martinez said that Rich Harden was playing tonight, but that was yesterday. (Contributed by @BlueJayGal)

Buck Blunder 7 – Buck Martinez said that Josh Willingham’s solo homer was a 2-run blast. (Contributed by @Chlebson)


Game 111 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays

Thu, August 4th, 2011 12:10 PM @ Tropicana Field

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Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez can’t get his “first” straight. He said that the Blue Jays are looking for their first series win since 2007. He neglected to mention the Blue Jays are looking for their first win against the Rays in Tampa since 2007. (Contributed by @ryanquanz)

Buck Blunder 2 – Jose Bautista is 1-13 against the Blue Jays slugger… He’s 1-13 against himself.. Awesome Buck! (Contributed by @JakeRoman)

Buck Blunder 3 – Buck Martinez said that Evan Longoria is off to a slow start to the season… We are already 2/3 done the season Buck! (Contributed by @realAngelow and @shk66)

Buck Blunder 4 – Buck Martinez mistaken a Cecil off speed pitch. The ball was 90 mph and he called that “Off speed”… That’s how hard Cecil throws! (Contributed by @nearlydenzil)

Buck Blunder 5 – Buck Martinez said Cecil has given up the first hit of the ball game. Again.. be more clear! First Rays hit! (Contributed by @77hendriks and @rmatson37)

Buck Blunder 6 – Buck Martinez said Aaron Hill was leading off the bottom of the 4th, when it was the top of the 5th. (Contributed by @rmatson37)

Buck Blunder 7 – Buck Martinez was saying that Honey Nut Chirinos was a converted catcher, but he started as an infielder and then he converted to catcher. So he should be saying converted infielder.


2B Conundrum. Move Lawrie back to 2b? Not so fast!

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Could Brett Lawrie be moving back to 2nd base? Fat Chance!

Could Brett Lawrie be moving back to 2nd base? Fat Chance!

So the Toronto Blue Jays made a splash on the non-waiver trade deadline getting Colby Rasmus from the St.Louis Cardinals for basically a pitching prospect (Zach Stewart) who may or may not be lights out, 2 potential supplemental round picks in 2012 (Jason Frasor and Octavio Dotel), a situational lefty or 4-5 starter (Marc Rzepcynski a.k.a Scrabble) and some throw-ins like Tropic Thunder, Corey Patterson. I believe AA didn’t give up that much to get a potential 5-tool player and I’m sure there are a lot of jealous GMs out there. As much as I wanna talk about Colby Rasmus, I want to talk about a potential situation the Toronto Blue Jays will have with 2b.

The current 2nd baseman, Aaron Hill is yet again having a poor season. After his amazing 2009 season where he belted 36 home runs with 108 RBI, the power appears to have vanished like a “powerful sounding fart in the wind” and no body knows why. Heck, he even belted 26 home runs last year, which was considered a bad season. The Toronto Blue Jays have a club option on him this year and I’m 99.9% sure that the Toronto Blue Jays are not going to pick up that option (8M in 2012 and 2013, 10M in 2014) for the money he’s owned, so this means that there might be a void that needs to be filled for 2nd base. Sure, the Blue Jays could decline the team option and bring him back cheap like we did with Edwin Encarnacion, but other people are screaming for the Toronto Blue Jays to use this option. Why not move Brett Lawrie back to 2nd base?

Wouldn’t that be the ideal and perfect solution to the problem. Keep Jose Bautista at 3rd base as he has been making amazing play after play after play. This would allow us to have an outfield of Snider/Rasmus/Thames or we can acquire another outfielder who has the defense and the power bat if we end up trading Thames or Snider. Also to note that Thames is not a good defensive OF and is even worse playing in RF in my mind. That would leave us with Brett Lawrie playing the position that he use to play and we now have the ultimate lineup and all is good and well in Toronto! NOT SO FAST PPL! For those who think Lawrie is going back to 2nd base… Keep dreaming because it is not happening.

Before we got Brett Lawrie from the Milwaukee Brewers for Shaun Marcum, he played 2nd base for the Double-A affiliate team Huntsville Stars. When AA acquired this young talent, the first thing he told the fans was that this man is going to be moved to 3rd base. Reason? Maybe it was the 25 errors he accumulated playing 2nd base that season, YIKES! As you can see, AA and the coaching staff saw something and that Brett Lawrie is just not 2nd base material, though one could argue that his 3rd base defense is no better as he has accumulated 16 errors already, though most of them were at the beginning of the season in Vegas. But still, the fact remains that the Toronto Blue Jays moved Lawrie to 3rd for a reason and I do not see them moving him back to 2nd base unless he magically steals Roberto Alomar’s skills through some type of wizard magic (and changes his number to 12 by forcing the Toronto Blue Jays to let him wear it even though it is retired). It’s just not happening!

So…. What to do??? What to do Toronto Blue Jays? I have a few suggestions, and it doesn’t involve moving Lawrie back to 2nd.

Decline Hill’s Club Option and Re-Sign him for cheap

I believe the Blue Jays will explore this option first as it makes the most sense. Hill is not worth the money he could make in the future and we can allow him to play his way back to a contract and money that he is worth. Hill is still young, pretty good defensively, and some ppl still believe the power is still there. But if this doesn’t work out, at least we can get a draft pick off this poor performing player.

Go after a 2nd baseman in the offseason

A no brainer if Hill is not coming back for good. I would hope that the Blue Jays invest in getting a more defensive minded 2nd baseman with veteran experience; maybe someone who has gone to the post season or even the World Series. There are some decent 2nd baseman out there like Kelly Johnson, Omar Infante… Wow, i can’t name that many, but I know the Toronto Blue Jays are pretty high on Kelly Johnson as they tried to sign him a year ago.. or was it two years ago? I don’t remember. Kelly Johnson is definitely on the radar, but his averages are just sooooo horrible. Omar Infante would be nice as he’s been to the post season twice and played in a World Series for the Tigers…

Take a gamble at trading for a 2nd baseman or signing a shortstop

Although there are not that many 2nd baseman who are talented and teams would be willing to trade for them, AA can do pretty much anything.. Heck, would you do a Robinson Cano + prospects for Jose Bautista or maybe get someone who isn’t really playing that well, but is young and has potential like Ryan Raburn (Detroit Tigers), or get a speedy youngster in Jemile Weeks (Oakland A’s)? Of course we’d have to give up some decent prospects or MLB players for them, something AA is probably not willing to do.

One could also argue that AA could bring in a Shortstop. If that were the case, then that shortstop could either shift to 2nd base or have Yunel Escobar shift to 2nd. It is only going to be a matter of time before Yunel goes there, if Adeiny Hechavarria ever makes it to the bigs (and no, bringing up Adeiny is not an answer right now… If he can only hit .220 ish in double A, how is he going to hit in the MLB? He’s at least 2 seasons away from even considering him to be MLB ready.) AA could make a huge splash and gamble on lets say Jose Reyes and have Reyes play 2nd (he did play 2nd base in 2004). Reyes could be the last piece of the puzzle for the Toronto Blue Jays run for the World Series too… So look out for that.. It is a possibility.

Move Jose Bautista to 2nd

The man can do it all, so why not put him at 2nd base… He has been playing right field and close to 2nd when they do those lefty shifts so maybe he can play 2nd base.. Why not? It sounds crazy, but crazy enough to work….. You may think i’m crazy to even suggest this and you are right.. If they ever move Jose Bautista to 2nd base… that would make me laugh so hard!


What should AA do about 2B next year?

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At the end of the day, AA and the Toronto Blue Jays face a difficult decision with 2nd base. Hill is probably going to be gone and people will continue to suggest that Brett Lawrie and Adeiny Hechavarria can fill that void next year. As for me, I would love to see AA take a risk on Jose Reyes and sign him to big money to play 2nd base for the Toronto Blue Jays. I mean, look at this lineup. Tell me this lineup can’t match up to most lineups in the MLB right now or next year.

  1. (2B) – Jose Reyes (S)
  2. (CF) – Colby Rasmus (L)
  3. (RF) – Jose Bautista (R)
  4. (1B) – Adam Lind (L)
  5. (SS) – Yunel Escobar (R)
  6. (LF) – Travis Snider (L)
  7. (3B) – Brett Lawrie (R)
  8. (DH) – Eric Thames (L)
  9. (C) – J.P. Arencibia (R)

Either way, AA will have to make a decision… Either to go the safe route or make a risky move for the first time in his career as GM!


Game 105 vs. Baltimore Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays

Thu, July 28th, 2011 7:05 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez was affected by Colby Rasmus as he said the next three batters up were Hill, Snider, and Thames, but it was Thames, Hill, and Snider.. Probably not use to Thames so low in the lineup. (Contributed by @andythequizzer)

Buck Blunder 2 – Junel Escobar is back! (Contributed by @KatiePammett)

Buck Blunder 3 – Eric Thames hits his 4th, I mean 5th home run. (Contributed by @AlanClough)

Buck Blunder 4 – Buck Martinez said that Rasmus hits .356 against lefties, but it’s really .256. (Contributed by @ShakeelSalamath and @coolhead2010)

Buck Blunder 5 – Now let’s go to Jamie for an upgrade… You mean update Buck! (Contributed by @fukingconky)

Buck Blunder 6 – Buck Martinez said that 3rd base was 1st when Jose Bautista almost got Vlady out at 3rd when he was at 1st. (Contributed by @seanmacey13 and @BlueJayGal)

Buck Blunder 7 – Buck Martinez said “they went to 2nd to get the lead runner” but there was another runner going to 3rd — the real lead runner. (Contributed by @ImpressiveWebs)

Buck Blunder 8 – After the Jays scored 2 more runs to make it 8-4, he said that the Blue Jays got back those two runs in those two innings they gave up those 2 runs. (Contributed by @GuzmansJhercurl and @AlanClough)

Buck Blunder 9 – “That ball is going to drop… OHHHHHH WHAT A CATCH BY LIND! He doubles up Reimold.. Reimold didn’t think Lind would get it and me as well!”… What a Jump The Gun Blunder! (Contributed by @andythequizzer, @GuzmansJhercurl, @coolhead2010, @connorbaseball1, and @alvin__row)

Buck Blunder 10 – Buck Martinez said that Jakubauskas has made his 17th appearance of the game… Sweet! (Contributed by @spcock)

Buck Blunder 11 – Buck Martinez said that the trade deadline on Saturday. It’s Sunday man! (Contributed by @AlanClough)

Buck Blunder 12 – Batting 2nd, Number 28…. COLBYYYYYYYY RASMANNNN!!!!! Colby Rasmus.. welcome to the world of Buck Blunders! (Contributed by @LFri45, @paulmartino03, and @ShakeelSalamath)

Buck Blunder 13 – Alexei Ogandolar.(Contributed by @AlanClough)

Buck Blunder 14 – Buck Martinez said that the Blue Jays will be seeing 4 great pitchers when Texas comes to town, but it’s a 3 game series.(Contributed by @ShakeelSalamath)


Game 97 vs. Seattle Mariners

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Seattle Mariners @ Toronto Blue Jays

Tue, July 19th, 2011 7:05 PM @ Rogers Centre

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Buck Blunder 1 – Buck Martinez started this game off with a “Ring of Excellence” shoutout. (Contributed by @hollebrad)

Buck Blunder 2 – Buck Martinez got the batting lineup wrong when he said Encarnacion, Snider, and Hill were up when it was really Snider up first. (Contributed by @dwarshafsky)

Buck Blunder 3 – Buck Martinez called Piña Colada (Yeah, that’s my new nickname for Pineda)’s slider a 98 mph slider. I don’t think anyone in this world has a 98 mph slider. Not even Yu Darvish! (Contributed by @Pooch_Chris)

Buck Blunder 4 – Over the wall and over the fielder’s head is very very different. One’s a homerun, the other could be a homerun or just a base hit :p (@coolhead2010 even pointed out that it was a #JumpTheGunBlunder.. I’m impressed). (Contributed by @markchech, @coolhead2010, and @a_j_lindsay)

Buck Blunder 5 – Buck Martinez mentioned that Yunel Escobar hit a RBI double with 2 outs, but whoops, it was only 1! VIDEO EVIDENCE BELOW. (Contributed by @realAngelow and @Discopatrol)

Buck Blunder 6 – Buck Martinez got the count wrong when Corey Patterson was up. It was 0-1 and when a ball was thrown, he said it was 2-1. (Contributed by @Discopatrol)

Buck Blunder 7 – Buck Martinez mistaken CTV with CityTV. (Contributed by @Discopatrol)

Apparently, @Discopatrol caught 3 #BuckBlunders in 5 minutes. That’s an all time record!!!

Buck Blunder 8 – Buck Martinez said that the Blue Jays were going into the bottom of the 9th, when really, the game was going into the bottom of the 10th! (Contributed by @PlayItBogart, @avesprini, @Discopatrol, and @dwarshafsky)

Buck Blunder 9 – A grammar blunder here. Buck Martinez said… catcher is Miguel Olivo, batting! (Contributed by @s_poole420)

Buck Blunder 10 – Buck Martinez mentioned in 1 inning that Chone Figgons got all three outs by himself, but really, he got only 1 and assisted on 2. I would have to say the wording was not correct there. (Contributed by @ShakeelSalamath)

Buck Blunder 11 – Buck couldn’t make up his mind on the count. It was 3-0, then 2 balls and no strikes! #WHATTHEBUCK! (Contributed by @dwarshafsky and @KaleSherar)


Will the Jays be risky buyers or effective sellers on the deadline?

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Will Alex Anthopoulos be a buyer or seller at this year's deadline

Will Alex Anthopoulos be a buyer or seller at this year's deadline

13 days from now, the MLB non-waiver trade deadline will come and go and every year, Blue Jays fans will wonder whether AA will be a buyer or a seller. The races are pretty tight this year and you may be even surprised to hear that the Pirates could be buyers at the trade deadline. That’s right! A team that hasn’t had a winning record for 18 years are in the hunt!

Judging by AA’s game plan ever since he because the GM and the standings, AA will once again try to seek out trades that will bring him impact players or beef for the already beefy farm system. I cannot see Alex being a buyer this year and it would be a mistake if he was. The Blue Jays are pretty far back in the wild card spot and 1st place in the AL EAST. This year was considered to be a year that we wouldn’t be competing, but more of a developmental year for our young studs. So if we are that far back, with maybe a 0.01% chance of making the playoffs, why even tender the idea of buying. I rather see this team make the playoffs year after year like the Braves in the 90s, than make it one year and drop off the next few.

With that being said, who is a prime target to be traded on the Toronto Blue Jays? The Blue Jays don’t have that many trading chips on their team like last year. The team is primarily stocked with young talent, but our veteran bullpen pitchers could be packing their bags. As you know, we have 5 pitchers in the bullpen that are potential Type-B free agents, which could net 5 sandwich picks for the Blue Jays next season. Last year, AA tried to move Downs, Frasor, and even Gregg who were in that Type-A/B range, but no team wanted to give up young talent for those pitchers. Well, second time around, things could be different, especially since a lot of teams are looking for pitching help to get them into the playoff hunt. Teams in the hunt are always looking to improve their bullpen and the Blue Jays may have the pitchers teams want. I hear the St.Louis Cardinals are looking for some help.

Another interesting name that has been popping up in the rumour mill of being traded is Marc Rzepcynski. The lefty “Weapon” who use to be a starter has made a nice transition to the bullpen and has been nothing but great, minus a few games give or take. Rzepcynski could be a great piece to move along with another reliever like a Jon Rauch to acquire some young talent. I could see AA doing a trade like this. Rzepcynski has more added gold because he’s in control for the next 4 years, before he becomes a free agent. Would be an excellent trade piece, but of course for the right price. He could be our Scott Downs for many years to come.

Los Del V's value could be as high as it can get. Could he be dealt this season?

Los Del V's value could be as high as it can get. Could he be dealt this season?

One final though about Blue Jays pitching, keep your eye on whether the Blue Jays will keep or deal Carlos Villanueva. He’s been pitching great as a starting pitcher, but does he fit in as a fifth starter or the long man in the pen? With his stock pretty high right now, maybe a sell high situation is in store for this pitcher.

Aaron Hill could be on his way out before the trade deadline.

Aaron Hill could be on his way out before the trade deadline.

For position players, I can only see Corey Patterson, Edwin Encarnacion, and/or Aaron Hill being moved. Juan Rivera would have been in this discussion, but he’s with the Dodgers. Patterson looked great early in the season, but has really tailed off as the season progressed. He’s also not doing any favours when he makes crazy mistakes in the field and on the base paths. I don’t ever remember seeing anyone make blunders in the field and the base paths as much as Corey. Those are softball mistakes, not MLB mistakes. Patterson doesn’t have Type-B status so AA wouldn’t get much for him if he were to move him. Edwin Encarnacion is starting to heat up as of late, and double E doesn’t really have much trade value. I heard that the Brewers are looking for a 3rd baseman.. After he shined the leather on Friday, maybe the Brewers will have some slight interest :) Aaron Hill on the other hand is an interesting piece that could be traded. I don’t see the Blue Jays picking up his options that would net him multi-millions of dollars because he has dropped off so much that he’s not even worth a couple million. Aaron Hill is also a Type-B FA so if the Blue Jays were to not pick up that option and he declines arbitration, we could net yet another draft pick. Teams can also gamble on Hill as he is still relatively young and with maybe a few adjustments (a la Bautista style), he could regain his 2009 form. I’m sure some teams out there might take a risk on Hill, but it is unlikely. Still, he is a potential Blue Jays player that could be on the move, and I wouldn’t mind it. As much as I want Hill to succeed, he just isn’t that player that we envisioned he’d be.

Other trading chips from our farm team that I just don’t see them fitting into the Blue Jays lineup would be guys like Brad Mills, David Cooper, and Adam Loewen. These guys are good, don’t get me wrong, but they just don’t seem to fit on the current MLB roster. Mills has been great in Vegas, but I can’t see him cracking the rotation. Cooper looks to be a solid contact hitter, but he won’t be starting in front of Lind. Adam Loewen has really showed off his power, but again, we have a lot of left handed Outfield bats with power.

So who should AA try to target to improve our team? This team is fairly decent, but we are probably 2-3 pieces away from even thinking about competing for the multiple World Series Championships. First off, we need to think of what our future lineup will look like. Within a few years, i’d like to see this lineup:

C – J.P. Arencibia / Travis d’Arnaud (Backup)
1B – Adam Lind
2B – ??? Maybe Adeiny Hechavarria
SS – Yunel Escobar
3B – Brett Lawrie
OF – Travis Snider, Anthony Gose, Jose Bautista, Rajai Davis (Backup), Eric Thames (Backup)
SP – Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow, Brett Cecil, Kyle Drabek, Dustin McGowan/Zack Stewart
RP – Marc Rzepczynski, Luis Perez, Henderson Alverez, Danny Farquhar

Could this speedy shortstop be a Blue Jay this year or years to come?

Could this speedy shortstop be a Blue Jay this year or years to come?

I don’t expect AA to target relief pitching because you can find those pitchers either in your system (failed starters) or on the FA market. I do expect him to maybe pick up a middle infielder, either a SS or 2B because we are somewhat weak in that area. People have said, maybe we should bring in the speedy and talented Jose Reyes, but he would cost a ton. I don’t think this is the time to acquire him. Maybe if this was two years later. Another nice piece to pick up would be a veteran starting pitcher. Our rotation is relatively young and they say you need those veterans in your clubhouse, who’s been to the promise land to give the young guns their experience and leadership. Jose Bautista is our current veteran leader, but it would be nice if a veteran starting pitcher were to be inserted into the rotation to solidify our explosive rotation. Maybe we can get some of those great Oakland pitchers on our team.

At the end of the day, if AA can add to the farm, that will be good enough for me, as long as he doesn’t sway away from his plan. People have been a bit impatient with AA cause he’s trying to stock pile as many good prospect as he can, but you watch. When he feels the Blue Jays are ready to contend, he’ll be using those prospects to trade for elite talent, like how the Red Sox used Hanley Ramirez to get Beckett and Lowell from the Marlins or Bartolo Colon to the Expos for Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, and Grady Sizemore. I guarantee you elite talent is coming and these trades will happen. When? I would figure as early as 2012, but 2013 would be a good target. You never know if one day a guy like Mike Stanton, Jason Heyward, Bryce Harper, or great young talent could end up in a Blue Jays uniform. It could be a silent trade deadline for the Blue Jays or AA could blow our minds by getting some big league talent or young prospects. I hope the Ninja can work his magic and beef up our team and the farm. I’m just excited to see what the Blue Jays have in store for the future. Like they say, this game is a marathon and not a sprint.


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