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In the latest episode of the Wednesday Wallop, Craig Borden and Brendan Panikkar discussed everything that occurred with the Blue Jays’ Winter Meetings. The rumors are swirling now in the Troy Tulowitzki fallout as the Jays gear up for their final push of the off-season.
The Blue Jays need pitching and now that the main players on the market have found their new homes, it could be time for the Jays to strike on a decent innings eater. Free agents Lance Lynn and J.A. Happ fit this mold perfectly, but the Jays were clearly outbid. They are also in this wait-and-see how the rest of the market plays out. The market for Dallas Keuchel has yet to surface and with options like James Shields and Gio Gonzalez, there are some decent players that fit what the Jays need
The Blue Jays’ payroll is going to change a ton this season regardless of the Tulo and Russell Martin money. The Blue Jays could have a payroll under 100 million for the first time in a decade. This is even with the assumption that the 10 arbitration eligible players get a substantial bump in pay.
With this money, the Jays could decide to find a few key veterans that could maximize the window for them to compete in the early part of the Vlad era. The Jays could have benefited from grabbing someone like Micheal Brantley or Matt Harvey. The two of them have since signed new contracts with ball clubs and are off the market, but they represent solid Mid-Tier players the Jays could use to increase their ceiling on this seasons team even.
The looming news of possible Blue Jays’ fan favorites being traded has put some on edge. If this team is to improve, it could be time for Kevin Pillar to be traded to make room for players like Anthony Alford and company. The odd trade rumor is that Aaron Sanchez appears to be on the block. For a team that needs to eat up innings on the mound, this one proves as a curious move. Would these trades signal something else to come in the next few weeks? If these guys are going to be moved, one would think it would happen soon so the Jays can act accordingly to fill the holes they leave.
Speaking of the young players, Santiago Espinal was featured on MLBpipeline.com's Top Ten Prospects that should take off this season. Espinal was acquired in the trade that sent Steve Pearce to Boston. He has since been hitting hard line drives all over the field and playing a solid shortstop. His power has come around over the last season as well, belting 10 homers this season and really showing off his gap to gap power.
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