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    Preparing for 2018

    With 2017 a bit of a train wreck. We head to 2018 with a new budget and some players coming off the books.

    So what should the Jays be doing this off season? I will assume that Jose Bautista will not be resigned which should free up $20 million. Estrada and his $13 million also technically comes off the books though apparently they are discussing an extension. Some other minor role players off the books.

    Unfortunately we have an untradeable albatross in the $20 million per year injury prone Tulo.

    So it appears to me we have holes in the outfield, middle infield, starting rotation.
    *Can the Jays trade for help without trading any key prospects?
    *Can the Jays compete financially to land free agents that will actually help us?
    *Do the Jays have high quality MLB level prospects ready to fill in the missing pieces?
    ** Do the Jays try and extend Josh Donaldson, JA Happ, and/or Justin Smoak?

    So I suppose it's a "what should they do?" versus "what do you think they will actually do?"

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    A lot of this will hinge on Donaldson. I'd like to see them extend him but my guess is that they don't.

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    Work out what to do with JD (he has just as big an impact on this as the FO - he may not want to sign an extension).

    Trade one of Morales, Pearce or Smoak.

    Promote Teoscar, Alford, and Gurriel.

    Trade Pompey while he still has a little bit of value.

    Sign one good free agent starter (Alex Cobb? Cheap buy low candidate).

    Hope that Travis, Sanchez and Donaldson (if he's still here) are fully fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Key22 View Post
    We head to 2018 with a new budget and some players coming off the books.
    $76,303,571... *Totals include potential buyouts and not option total

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    Donaldson is the linchpin.
    If he resigns, then I suspect they will try to add older MLB players (on short contracts) ala WS winning RedSox team through free agency and trades.
    If no Donaldson deal goes through, then Liriano type deals and baseball trades of high minor/0-6 players to try and coincide with Vladdy and Bo's arrivals

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    I'm really hoping they trade JD for some impact prospects in the offseason. I just don't see enough here to make them a WS contender in 2018. That said, I expect JD to be retained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BTS View Post
    I'm really hoping they trade JD for some impact prospects in the offseason. I just don't see enough here to make them a WS contender in 2018. That said, I expect JD to be retained.
    What team with money would be willing to trade for him and maybe pre-sign an extension? We won't get as much if he's just being obtained for 1 year at 22M+ which he'll probably get in arb-3.

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    Sign Bruce and Lynn.

    Those 2 additions would make our offense and so better plus better seasons from jd, Travis, sanchez, makes us competitive (keeps attendance up) and allows the farm another year of growth.
    Win- win.

    Replace Bautista with internal options.

    Not sure what payroll will be and if Bruce and Lynn fit in. I've seen 13m and 18m speculated as their price, respectively.

    Would love if the money we saved for trade deadline moves could be used toward next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTS View Post
    I'm really hoping they trade JD for some impact prospects in the offseason. I just don't see enough here to make them a WS contender in 2018. That said, I expect JD to be retained.
    Boston, Yankees, and Rays good and young teams.
    Time to rebuild
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angrioter View Post
    Boston, Yankees, and Rays good and young teams.
    Time to rebuild
    Yeah

    No slight re tooling is going to make this team a serious contender in 2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angrioter View Post
    Boston, Yankees, and Rays good and young teams.
    Time to rebuild
    The Rays? You're joking right? No way they acquire an ageing star to extend him on a high salary.

    We can probably rule out the Red Sox, too now that Devers has started his MLB career well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Snarls View Post
    Yeah

    No slight re tooling is going to make this team a serious contender in 2018
    If we reran this season with exactly the same players, but Travis, Donaldson and Sanchez had no injuries, we'd make the playoffs easily.

    That doesn't mean that'll happen next year, but it's an exaggeration to write us off even before Vlad and Bo potentially get here in 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobthe4th View Post
    The Rays? You're joking right? No way they acquire an ageing star to extend him on a high salary.

    We can probably rule out the Red Sox, too now that Devers has started his MLB career well.
    I'm pretty sure he wasn't suggesting those teams as landing spots for Donaldson....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobthe4th View Post
    If we reran this season with exactly the same players, but Travis, Donaldson and Sanchez had no injuries, we'd make the playoffs easily.

    That doesn't mean that'll happen next year, but it's an exaggeration to write us off even before Vlad and Bo potentially get here in 2019.
    Agree, this could have easily been a wild card team this year with some better luck in terms of health

    But with an aging core of Donaldson, Tulo, Martin, Morales and Bautista it dosn't look great for 2018 when the Red Sox and Yankees have a young progressing core

    The FO is in an uncomfortable spot this off season

    Only Sanchez, Stroman, Osuna, Travis and maybe Pillar look like players who will still be young-ish and above average by the time Vlad and Bo get here and hopefully stick. Donaldson may or may not decline significantly before that and Martin/Tulo obviously aren't likely to hold up well.

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    Wonder how much Jay Bruce will get. I expect the Jays to target him as they apparently liked him a lot over the last 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Snarls View Post
    Agree, this could have easily been a wild card team this year with some better luck in terms of health

    But with an aging core of Donaldson, Tulo, Martin, Morales and Bautista it dosn't look great for 2018 when the Red Sox and Yankees have a young progressing core

    The FO is in an uncomfortable spot this off season

    Only Sanchez, Stroman, Osuna, Travis and maybe Pillar look like players who will still be young-ish and above average by the time Vlad and Bo get here and hopefully stick. Donaldson may or may not decline significantly before that and Martin/Tulo obviously aren't likely to hold up well.
    Bautista isn't/won't be part of the core for 2018. Donaldson and Martin are still elite, the other two are sunk costs though so I agree there. The team really isn't in all that bad of a position. Alford and Teoscar should be ready for the show by next year, maybe Tellez turns things around, maybe he doesn't; Gurriel, SRF, Danny Jansen, Ryan Borucko, Reese McGuire (?) could all be knocking at the door for role-playing time at least. It's highly unlikely any of these guys will impact the team like a Devers or Gary Sanchez, but that's still a good amount of young, potentially not useless talent to complement the likes of JD, Martin, Stroman, Sanchez (not sold on him yet), Osuna and maybe Travis.

    I think the FO aren't in as big a pickle as one might think. The Red Sox will be the team to beat in the East and it won't be close, but there's a lot of uncertainty in the rest of the division and the potential wild card teams. Playoffs are well within reach, the biggest obstacle will be securing depth for both starters and position players.
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    Synder is mediocre at best this year. Let me know when Synder is giving up less runs per game than Sanchez, until then I'll take Sanchez



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