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01-27-2013, 06:10 PM
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In case you weren't excited enough already, my buddy posted this Superman/Blue Jays Trailers to Facebook today. I thought it was pretty solid.

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01-27-2013, 06:48 PM
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Just recieved my 44 Blue Jays tickets in the mail for the opening Fri & Sat against the Red Sox. Group rates in the 500's.

I actually flipped throught them like they were $100 bills and smelled them.

Ya, I'm ready for some baseball
I'm gonna be at the Friday game too. We have to start some Farrel chants. Looks like you have a good number of people to start it off.

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I'm gonna be at the Friday game too. We have to start some Farrel chants. Looks like you have a good number of people to start it off.
ya, there would actually be enough in on it that you could do something pretty good. Make all the jays fans proud!!

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Kelly Johnson to the Rays, according to Ken Rosenthal.

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Kelly Johnson to the Rays, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Strikeouts by Jays pitchers just increased significantly.

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01-28-2013, 11:30 AM
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I'll admit I kind of thought the Rays would sign Johnson but I thought as a bench player not the starting 2B (They might move Zobrist to right)

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Kelly Johnson to the Rays, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Escobar and Johnson in the middle infield of a division rival. Go figure.

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Zobrist at 2b...Johnson on the bench where he belongs.

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Yunel and Johnson will probably have career years now.

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Yunel and Johnson will probably have career years now.
Johnson's K's are too high for that to happen. Yunel is a solid MLBer...so wouldn't shock me; just wasn't a great fit in TO.

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01-28-2013, 05:13 PM
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Yunel and Johnson will probably have career years now.
TB has had a quietly good off season. They may be trouble for us this year.

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TB has had a quietly good off season. They may be trouble for us this year.
I'm not sure I agree. I think that they still got worse in the short term.

They replaced Pena with Loney, which is basically a wash.

They traded Shields and didn't replace him with another pitcher of similar calibre. Yes they have guys in the system moving up in the pecking order, but they also lost Wade Davis out of there too. Even if Hellickson keeps going at his current pace and Moore takes another step, they're still worse off than they were before.

and they lost Upton for nothing. Myers is coming in, but it seems like he won't be up with the Rays for at least part of the season.

Escobar is an improvement, but not a game-changer. And Kelly Johnson is a modest/largely not impactful either.

Really, if everything breaks just right they will be somewhat better. But realistically they'll either be about the same or a bit worse at least until Myers comes up and they can see if he's everything he's cracked up to be right away.

That said, if you quantify the off-season as being good for the long-term, I agree somewhat since they got something of pretty signficant value in Myers by dealing from their strongest/deepest position.

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They also should have a healthy Longoria.

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They also should have a healthy Longoria.
Right. forgot about that. Still thinking that on balance they come out about as good as they were last year.

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so thats the trick
east teams loading up on ex blue jays for revenge

boston took our coaches
tampa took our infield

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01-28-2013, 08:41 PM
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TB has had a quietly good off season. They may be trouble for us this year.
When aren't they?

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Who cares, who cares, and I thought he retired 3 years ago.

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01-29-2013, 12:18 AM
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When aren't they?
I don't mean in the sense of when we play each other. They are always hard for us to beat. This year I hope that tide turns in our favour. But I mean more in the sense that we'll likely be fighting neck and neck with them this year for top spot in the division.

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Right. forgot about that. Still thinking that on balance they come out about as good as they were last year.
That's kind of how I was looking at it but forgot about them losing Davis as well. I just think overall they are better but that's taking into account a healthy Longoria. They added some cheap bats which is what they desperately needed.

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And Nick Johnson promptly broke his wrist signing his retirement paperwork.

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Knowing Tampa, Myers will hit 25+ dingers and Escobar will hit .300. Im cautiously pessimistic about them. I'm still a firm believer that the Yankees will be strong too.

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Was Johnson considered a perennial Cy Young candidate before he got hurt? Also, what was his injury? Have any other pitchers come back strong from it?

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TB has had a quietly good off season. They may be trouble for us this year.
Still a strong team with a strong future but I don't think they have improved their team this off-season. They are maintaining what they have though.

Jays are the strongest team in the division IMO.

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