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Blue Jays 2017 - Life After Edwing

Bernnie Federko

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Pitching Staff still sick AF

Let's Go Blue Jays



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Encarnacion signs in Cleveland, 60 million, 3 years plus a 4th year club option
 

Variant

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I have no issue with EE going. Watching him over the past few years that he's been good he had some amazing months and memorable hot streaks but face it, when he wasn't streaking he was cold. He's a typical power bat (in his prime) which embodies the "all power" strategy the Jays have always tried to employ. Those lineups almost never win the WS as the Jays have shown for the past couple of years. Trading some of the power for higher average and a more balanced (L v R) lineup is a smart move. They did better than that tho. They got power back with Morales and a higher average and being a switch hitter and slightly younger and considerably cheaper I'd take that replacement any day. That move also meant they could get Pearce who also plays FB and also is a better contact hitter than EE and hit over .300 against lefties last year. I think the Jays dealt with a couple team needs while saving money for other signings. I know EE was a fan favourite but i'd rather go into the playoffs with Morales, Pearce and whoever else they pickup for the same money they'd spend on EE.
 

SneakyPete

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Management didn't want him back. They jumped on Morales too early. I do believe Morales will have a big year, but he ain't got no parrot with him. Also, Steve Pierce and Smoak at first? No thanks.
 

SneakyPete

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I have no issue with EE going. Watching him over the past few years that he's been good he had some amazing months and memorable hot streaks but face it, when he wasn't streaking he was cold.
Guess what, all players go through that during the season. You notice what more with Jays players because that's the team that you follow primarily.
He's a typical power bat (in his prime) which embodies the "all power" strategy the Jays have always tried to employ. Those lineups almost never win the WS as the Jays have shown for the past couple of years. Trading some of the power for higher average and a more balanced (L v R) lineup is a smart move. They did better than that tho. They got power back with Morales and a higher average and being a switch hitter and slightly younger and considerably cheaper I'd take that replacement any day. That move also meant they could get Pearce who also plays FB and also is a better contact hitter than EE and hit over .300 against lefties last year. I think the Jays dealt with a couple team needs while saving money for other signings. I know EE was a fan favourite but i'd rather go into the playoffs with Morales, Pearce and whoever else they pickup for the same money they'd spend on EE.
I do agree they need to change their team approach and I think that can be done by not bringing Bautista back. I thought there was good risk/reward with EE's power and he's more willing than Bautista to not jack the ball every time..
 

Variant

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As is, this team aint making the playoffs.
As is doesn't really matter. The team will make more moves before the season begins so there's no point in assessing the team right now. They still need to acquire half the bullpen, a backup catcher, some outfielders and perhaps more. For me the important thing is how close are they to getting back into the playoffs. I think they're still very close. With their pitching staff, their infield d and their willingness to alter their identity from a power bat club to a more balanced lineup I might feel even more positive about next year than this past one.
 

ndrwrld

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Josh was at the Leafs game last night, and i gotta say, that woman sitting with him sure is perty.
 
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