ATW Episode 88: The Start(ers) of Spring

Greg and Josh break down the news of the last week in Blue Jays land with a look at the signing of Jaime Garcia, what that and potential future moves mean for Joe Biagini, and how the depth signings of Craig Breslow, John Axford, and Jake Petricka fit into the mix. They also discuss the early news from spring about Devon Travis, Troy Tulowitzki, and Aaron Sanchez, the retirement of broadcast legend Jerry Howarth, and the opening day tribute and jersey retirement for the late Roy Halladay. They also answer listener questions, give out a Do Over, and introduce a new, once-a-year segment, “The First Goose Sighting of Spring.” 

ATW Episode 87: A Not So Minor (League) Issue

Emily Waldon of The Athletic Detroit stops by to discuss the treatment of minor leaguers including the low pay, non-baseball requirements, movements for change, and what people can do to help. Greg and Josh also talk about the war of words between players, agents, and the MLB, Joe Biagini’s viability as a 5th starter and the subsequent impact on the rest of the pitching staff, and the current offensive roster and the many options it presents for manager John Gibbons. Finally, they answer listener questions and give a Do Over to a player agent. 

ATW Episode 86: Agents and Insiders

Player agent Joshua Kusnick stops by to discuss prepping for free agency, fallout from the slow offseason, and how he helps his players deal with the extremely long waiting game. Shi Davidi also join the show to talk about the slew of Jays moves and what they likely mean going forward this offseason. He also goes into the current payroll situation and how he believes they will allocate their remaining funds. Greg and Nick discuss the Randal Grichuk trade, the rumour that the Jays came second place in the Christian Yelich sweepstakes, and the apparently immovable Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Finally, they give out a Do Over to a former Blue Jay.

ATW Episode 85: The Grandy Man Can

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.

ATW Episode 84: Shrödinger’s Offseason

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.

ATW Episode 83: The Sound of Silence

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.

ATW Episode 82: Time to ZiP(S) Up for Winter

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.

ATW Episode 81: Dreamers and Schemers

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.

ATW Episode 80: You’ll be Missed, Doc

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.  

ATW Episode 79: A Week Without Worry

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.