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What do you think of the Jays deadline deals?

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I thought I’d ask what you thought of the deadline deals.

It seems that they were smart to get Cimber, Dickerson, and Richards early. Prices seemed to go up nearer the deadline.

There is a note in Shi Davidi’s post from this morning that the Jays “made a run at Jose Ramirez,” which would have made the lineup that much deeper, but I think they sent away enough of their prospects.

The tough one for me is the Jose Berrios trade. I liked Simeon Woods Richardson, but it would have been really tough for me to give up Austin Martin. Having him fall to us in the draft seemed something just short of a miracle. It seems wrong to pass up on that. Martin was dealing with a hand injury but was still getting on base. As the hand injury healed, the power started to come around. I think he’ll have a good career.

But then we do have some infield prospects, and maybe the Jays felt that Orelvis Martinez was the better prospect of the two.

Having Berrios next year helps made the trade understandable. He gives us a pretty great top three in the rotation, or top four with Manoah.

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About the Berrios trade I’m

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  • 18%
    Very Happy
    (238 votes)
  • 47%
    Happy
    (621 votes)
  • 20%
    Neutral
    (259 votes)
  • 9%
    Unhappy
    (121 votes)
  • 4%
    Very unhappy
    (56 votes)
1295 votes total Vote Now

The Brad Hand trade is kind of an OK thing. It didn’t look like Riley Adams had a lot of playing time in his future with the Blue Jays. I’m slightly sad about them DFAing Jonathan Davis (who will I call Anthony now?), but he’s 29, and his best skill is speed. I don’t think he’s going to hit much in the majors. He’s a fine fourth or fifth outfielder if most of what he does is be a defensive replacement or be the Manfred Mann (Blinded by the Light), but you don’t want him playing much more than that. He’s likely to clear waivers.

Hand hasn’t been great lately. The strike zone has been eluding him. He was quite good in June (batters hit .158/.222/.263 against him in June). Perhaps he can find that again. If not, he’s still better than Tyler Chatwood (who’s been DFAed too).

I’m sad that Kirby Snead loses his roster spot.

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About the Hand trade I’m

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  • 57%
    Happy
    (583 votes)
  • 38%
    Neutral
    (385 votes)
  • 3%
    Unhappy
    (40 votes)
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Joakim Soria has been sort of the opposite of Hand. He has been very good in July (batters hitting .237/.375/.395 with 15 strikeouts in 10 innings) but had a rough July. Small sample sizes likely explain both.

They didn’t give up much for him, two players to be named.

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About the Soria trade I’m

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  • 57%
    Happy
    (555 votes)
  • 40%
    Neutral
    (390 votes)
  • 2%
    Unhappy
    (27 votes)
972 votes total Vote Now

An all-new (almost all-different) bullpen. And different has be to better right?

Jordan Romano

Brad Hand

Tim Mayza

Rafael Dolis

Adam Cimber

Trevor Richards

Ryan Borucki

Trent Thronton likely soon to be Joakim Soria

And likely Steven Matz (or Stripling) when Berrios arrives and after we get through this stretch with the doubleheaders.