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Thursday Bantering: Relief Market, Reese McGuire, Payroll

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Your morning update for everything Blue Jays.

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Reese McGuire, a Blue Jay catching prospect, may be on his way to the majors.
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I have no idea how to start these. Here’s the latest news:

  • Per Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, the Blue Jays remain active in the relief market. They are interested in both a left-handed and right-handed reliever, although no deal seems imminent, as of now. Toronto signed left-hander J.P. Howell to a one year deal on Tuesday night, answering one of their biggest needs.

“On the offensive side, he’s got a simple, compact swing. He’s also got a lot to offer offensively. Right now, he’s known for his defence but he’s got a chance to produce with his bat as well.”

  • Ben Nicholson-Smith tweeted out a rough estimation of Toronto’s current budget yesterday, totaling the payroll at around $154M. This leaves an estimated $10M left, but, as the total does not include league minimum players, there may be less money to spend. Even so, Toronto theoretically could sign Jerry Blevins or Boone Logan to a two year, $12M deal, and it would remain within the team’s budget.