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Thursday Bantering: MLB The Show, Relief Interest

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Your morning update for everything Blue Jays.

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Craig Breslow, who pitched just 14 innings last season, could be heading north of the border in 2017.
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Not much news, but it appears the Blue Jays are winding up for a relief acquisition:

  • Aaron Sanchez is to be featured on this year’s Canadian cover of MLB The Show, to the apparent distaste of some fans. As the American version of the video game features a gold-styled Ken Griffey Jr., the somewhat boring cover of Sanchez against a totally black background is disappointing. Who would you like to see on the cover?
  • The Blue Jays and Jerry Blevins have remained in contact throughout the offseason, per Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, although there does not appear to be an imminent deal. Nicholson-Smith states that Boone Logan and Travis Wood remain alternatives to Blevins, while Craig Breslow has emerged as an additional left-handed option. In my opinion, the Blue Jays should prioritize signing Blevins. He had the best 2016 season and is clearly willing to remain in the bullpen. On the other hand, Toronto should not prioritize the signing of Travis Wood, as he is seeking a chance to start (although, some extra starting depth would not be a bad thing).
  • As Tom mentioned on Sunday, J.P. Arencibia has retired from baseball. With yesterday being #BellLetsTalk day, I thought it was fitting to bring up this: Arencibia suffered from anxiety through his time at the major league level, and, in a recent interview with Sportsnet, he discusses how he got help. Reading about the painful few seasons of Arencibia’s career helps you realize that players are human, and that, perhaps, we should be a little lighter on judgement next time around.