Greg and Josh are joined by Nick Dika as they discuss the latest two pickups by the Toronto Blue Jays. First, they talk about the trade for Yangervis Solarte and the versatility that he brings to the club, then they discuss how newly signed Curtis Granderson fits into the roster and debate what it can/should mean for the club going forward. They also tackle the incredibly slow offseason and talk of collusion/other market effects, with particular focus on the facts presented in Jeff Passan’s latest column for Yahoo Sports. Finally, they answer listener questions, give out two Do Overs, and hand out a Gold Star.
Greg and Josh take a look at some of the causes for the extremely slow start to the offseason before breaking down rumours involving Josh Harrison and J.D. Martinez, as well as Josh Donaldson extension talks. They also discuss Baseball Prospectus’ Top 10 Blue Jays prospect list and Anthony Alford’s success in the Mexican League before finishing things up by answering listener questions.
With the Blue Jays still not having made a move since the Aledmys Diaz acquisition, Greg and Josh instead take a look at how the moves by the Angels (Ohtani, Kinsler, Cozart), Yankees (Stanton), Rays (Trading Longoria), and Orioles (Britton achilles rupture) affect the Blue Jays and their likely plans for the rest of the offseason. They also explore the latest round of Josh Donaldson trade rumors and discuss the release of Baseball America’s top 10 Blue Jays prospects and the glowing reports on Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. Finally they answer listener questions, give a Do Over, and go over some of the fun reactions to Derek Jeter’s Town Hall event in Miami.
ESPN’s Dan Szymborski stops by to discuss his ZiPS projections for the Blue Jays in 2018, with specific discussion about the middle infield, Aaron Sanchez, and the general direction of the team. Greg, Josh, and Nick then discuss the Aledmys Diaz pickup, Shohei Ohtani not joining the Jays, the non-tenders of Ryan Goins and Tom Koehler, the Marcus Stroman/Jeff Blair feud, and Gregg Zaun being fired by Sportsnet. They also answer listener questions and bring on a Patron to play Swing and a Drive.
Greg and Josh discuss the recent Jays and MLB News including the seemingly bizarre J.D. Martinez-Blue Jays rumour and different routes the Blue Jays could go this offseason, the recent 40-man additions, the trade for Gift Ngoepe, the latest, seemingly final twist in the Shohei Ohtani posting saga, and the heavy sanctions laid against the Atlanta organization for various violations. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do-Over to Joe Morgan and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
A tribute episode to Roy Halladay, following his tragic death. Scott Crawford, Director of Operations for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame stops by to discuss his memories from Halladay’s recent induction weekend and his impact on baseball in Canada. Greg and Josh then share their own memories of the great Blue Jays ace and his impact on their lives. Finally, they get read some Halladay stories from their listeners and talk about their view of Roy Halladay’s five best starts of his career.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet stops by to discuss the recent Blue Jays staff changes, Ross Atkins’ “Impact” bat/arm comments, the upcoming offseason, and the idea that the Jays should go for it again in 2018. Greg and Josh also give their thoughts on the World Series (including predictions), run down the performance of Jays prospects in the Arizona Fall League and the Dominican Winter League, and look at a potential 2018 outfield. Finally, they give their own thoughts on competing in 2018, answer listener questions, and give out a Do Over.
Greg, Josh, and Nick break down the entire 2017 season by giving out individual awards. There are the obvious ones such as Team MVP, Best Hitter, of Best Pitcher, but the guys also nominate their own candidates for Best Quote, Clutch Performer, Best Dive, The Not-Pat-Venditte Award, Do Over of the Year, and more.
Greg and Josh go over the final week of the season and the decisions and press conferences from the immediate aftermath. They discuss Jose Bautista’s final games and the declining of his option, Josh Donaldson’s desire to remain in Toronto, the early outlook for the upcoming offseason based on comments from Ross Atkins, the murky future for Devon Travis, and the ballot goofiness from the Blue Jays team award voting. They also answer listener questions and give out two Do Overs, one to MLB and one the Giancarlo Stanton.
2016 first round draft pick T.J. Zeuch stops by to discuss life leading up to the draft, how he picked his university, the nomadic lifestyle of a recent draftee, and prepping for the upcoming Arizona Fall League. Greg and Josh also go deep on the legacy and (likely) final home days for Jose Bautista, the unreal finish for Josh Donaldson, the Bautista-esque September from Teoscar Hernandez, and Marcus Stroman’s quest for 200 innings. Finally, they take listener questions and give out a Cliché of the Week and a Gold Star.