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    Locking up young Blue Jays

    Hey everyone.

    I usually lurk around this board and find sometimes very interesting debates, plus living in the states I usually come here for my Blue Jay news.

    Anyway, I was listening to MLB Network radio this morning and they were talking about which young players would us fans like to see lock up early either as cost-certainty or as possible future trade chips, so I thought I would take this question to the board and see what their thoughts were.

    In my opinion, since we do not have alot of younger players right now, I would probably focus on Sanchez and Travis if they can repeat and/or improve on 2015.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckofChicago View Post
    Hey everyone.

    I usually lurk around this board and find sometimes very interesting debates, plus living in the states I usually come here for my Blue Jay news.

    Anyway, I was listening to MLB Network radio this morning and they were talking about which young players would us fans like to see lock up early either as cost-certainty or as possible future trade chips, so I thought I would take this question to the board and see what their thoughts were.

    In my opinion, since we do not have alot of younger players right now, I would probably focus on Sanchez and Travis if they can repeat and/or improve on 2015.
    No question some of the salary room opened up should be used to buy some FA years - Stroman and a few others.

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    I don't really see a candidate for a long-term extension at this point. Not really into a long-term commitment to Sanchez (or Stroman for that matter) with 4 years of team control left. Pitching is too scary. I don't really see the urgency to commit to Travis before we know what he his. Big questions about his health and about how good he really is.

    People have thrown Pillar around as a candidate, but we already control his age 28-31 seasons. I don't think I want to commit to his age-32 season, 5 years in the future, when he can't hit and relies almost exclusively on his legs. Defense doesn't pay in arb anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BTS View Post
    I don't really see a candidate for a long-term extension at this point. Not really into a long-term commitment to Sanchez (or Stroman for that matter) with 4 years of team control left. Pitching is too scary. I don't really see the urgency to commit to Travis before we know what he his. Big questions about his health and about how good he really is.

    People have thrown Pillar around as a candidate, but we already control his age 28-31 seasons. I don't think I want to commit to his age-32 season, 5 years in the future, when he can't hit and relies almost exclusively on his legs. Defense doesn't pay in arb anyway.
    Yes, it's a bit early, mid season 2017 the conversation could start with Stro provided he continues to pitch well and no health concerns.

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    Stroman, Sanchez, Pillar, Osuna, Travis and even Biagini could all be extension candidates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTS View Post
    I don't really see a candidate for a long-term extension at this point. Not really into a long-term commitment to Sanchez (or Stroman for that matter) with 4 years of team control left. Pitching is too scary. I don't really see the urgency to commit to Travis before we know what he his. Big questions about his health and about how good he really is.

    People have thrown Pillar around as a candidate, but we already control his age 28-31 seasons. I don't think I want to commit to his age-32 season, 5 years in the future, when he can't hit and relies almost exclusively on his legs. Defense doesn't pay in arb anyway.
    Well said, I don't see any rush for the Jays to hand out extensions at the present time.

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    I don't see the Jays being in a rush to lock anyone up right at this moment. Perhaps after 2017 you'll start hearing conversations about Stroman, Sanchez, Travis and Osuna depending on the years they have.

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    I like team friendly extensions for hitters. Better be a really good extension for a pitcher. So no real great candidates for the Jays
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendleton View Post
    Well said, I don't see any rush for the Jays to hand out extensions at the present time.
    Stro a free agent after 2020. By mid 2017 the conversation could start, a 4 yrs @ $12M/yr with two club option years for $14M and $16M... just spitballing the numbers

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    They already did the best "extension" type of contract you could ever want. Locking up the Cuban kid. I'd rather the team spend $21M over 7 years to try to catch lightning in a bottle from him than extending anyone on the current roster for that long. I hate to say it, but the guys who the Jays have for 3+ years all look like pretty good candidates for injury risk or decline 5 years out. No point in extending any of them. Sanchez would be the best candidate imo and I'm not exactly convinced he wouldn't Ricky Romero that contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBJ12 View Post
    Stroman, Sanchez, Pillar, Osuna, Travis and even Biagini could all be extension candidates.
    Ok, now you're just drunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick_Pole View Post
    They already did the best "extension" type of contract you could ever want. Locking up the Cuban kid. I'd rather the team spend $21M over 7 years to try to catch lightning in a bottle from him than extending anyone on the current roster for that long. I hate to say it, but the guys who the Jays have for 3+ years all look like pretty good candidates for injury risk or decline 5 years out. No point in extending any of them. Sanchez would be the best candidate imo and I'm not exactly convinced he wouldn't Ricky Romero that contract.
    I wouldn't extend Sanchez, he's been great but someone who relies exclusively on his fastball to pitch is at a greater risk to turn to shit than someone who knows how to pitch (ie Estrada)
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    To me, it makes a lot of sense to extend Stroman and Sanchez now, pre-arb they are much more willing to accept pennies where if you wait for arbitration, they already have a strong idea of how much they can make and are using those figures as the floor.
    Only way to get a massive discount is pre-arb IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maahfaace View Post
    I wouldn't extend Sanchez, he's been great but someone who relies exclusively on his fastball to pitch is at a greater risk to turn to shit than someone who knows how to pitch (ie Estrada)
    Yes that's why i mentioned Stro but not Sanchez, or Osuna.

    Travis needs to show he's not made of glass before considering an extension for him.

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    Travis. Even though he hasn't been healthy yet now would be the time to get him on a cheap contract using his injury history as a bargaining chip. if he's healthy this year and has hit like he has so far in his MLB career his price is only going to go up.
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    No need to extend Stroman or Sanchez unless it looks like Quintana's deal. Travis might never be healthy for an entire year and extending closers with lots of team control and TJS is a no no.

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