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#1 by sakura698 , Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:15 pm

Its less than a week since the World Series ended and Alex Anthopoulos has already been the most visibly active of all the general managers. Florida Panthers Shirts . He may not stop at dealing Adam Lind for right-hander Marco Estrada of the Brewers, either. The most intriguing question is what, if anything, is Anthopoulos going to do with veteran lefty Mark Buehrle? Does he move him now, trade him at the deadline if the Jays are out of it or, knowing his value as a leader and a model of consistency, work towards an extension? I think we can rule out the third option. Buehrle will be 36 in spring training and has made gentle hints about retiring in the not too distant future. He is also going into the final year of his contract at $19 million. Buehrle has made 65 starts for the Blue Jays over the past two seasons. He has 25 wins and had has racked up over 200 innings both years, giving him a run of 14 years in a row of reaching that total. For a soon-to-be 36-year-old hurler, his trade value is probably at its peak. Buehrle gave up just 15 homers in 2014, his fewest in a season since his rookie year. His 3.39 ERA was his lowest since 2005 with the White Sox. If a trade was to be considered now, the Angels might be one of the suitors. They could use another veteran stabilizing arm to round out their rotation. Losing Garrett Richards to injury down the stretch exposed them from a depth standpoint and possibly cost them a shot at least at winning the American League title, if not the World Series. What could the Blue Jays get in return? Possibly veteran 2B Howie Kendrick, whos rumoured to be on the block and is heading into the final year of his deal at $9.5 million. Kendrick isnt the most adept at 2B, but he provides much more at the plate than the Jays received last year. Over nine seasons, all with the Halos, he has a .292 average and has knocked in fewer than 61 runs just once in the last six seasons. The Blue Jays might have to eat part of Buehrles contract or take on another player to make the numbers balance out. If the Blue Jays fancy themselves as contenders, though, the best option might be to keep Buehrle for now and see how things shake down by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The demand for starting pitching could be even more intense by then. The Blue Jays other big money question mark is Jose Reyes. The Blue Jays owe their veteran shortstop $22 million per season in each of the next three years, plus a club-option year in 2018 worth another $22 million or, failing that, a $4 million buyout. Although still a decent contributor at the plate, Reyess range at short has diminished to be the point where he is bordering on being a liability in the field. Playing on artificial turf doesnt help him either. I can only think of three teams who might be interested in Reyes - the Yankees, the Dodgers and the Mets. The Yanks might want a marquee shortstop replacement for Derek Jeter. The Dodgers might be able to use him if Hanley Ramirez walks as a free agent and Reyes was a fan favourite and a star in his earlier stint with the Mets. The Dodgers would seem to make the most sense, since there are so seldom deals between clubs these days in the AL East and the Mets are still operating under the kind of budget that would probably preclude bringing back Reyes. The Dodgers angle has a possibly snag, as well. Los Angeles might insist on the Jays taking back the contract of one of their surplus outfielders, say Andre Ethier, but unless they lose Melky Cabrera to free agency, there would be no point in the Jays agreeing to that. Ethier can play all over the outfield and has a .285 career average to go with a pair of All-Star appearances, a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award. He also turns 33 in April and has a contract nearly as hefty as Reyess and his numbers have dropped off the last two seasons, partly due to the overcrowded situation in the Dodgers outfielder. Ethier is owed $53.5 million over the next three seasons and then has a vesting option for 2018 worth $17.5 million or a $2.5 million dollar buyout. The Blue Jays could again broach the subject of Reyes moving to second base, but Jose was reluctant to do that in the past. The bottom line is, the Jays highest-paid position player and pitcher will likely remain with the club for awhile yet. -- The Arizona Fall League held its Fall Stars game on Sunday night. The East beat the West, 6-2, and the Blue Jays two representatives on the East squad made contributions. Dalton Pompey, who started in centre field and batted lead-off, hit a two-run triple in the second as part of a four-run frame (although, later on in the game, he made an error). Nineteen-year-old right-hander Roberto Osuna, whos highly touted by the organization, came on in the eighth inning, retired both batters he faced and was credited with a hold. The AFL can be a bit of a fast track to the Majors. A year ago, Marcus Stroman, Drew Hutchison and Aaron Sanchez all pitched there and all three went on to make significant contributions to the Blue Jays last season. -- Its great news that Paul Molitor is going to be the next manager of the Twins. At one point, I though the MVP of the 1993 World Series might become skipper of the Blue Jays, but getting the shot in his home state with the Twins is the best fit for Molly and his family. -- There is already talk that the smaller-market Royals may trade their star closer Greg Holland in a package to get a right fielder to replace Nori Aoki, who seems destined to leave as a free agent. Panthers Jerseys China . - After a back-and-forth battle throughout the season, Alex Guenette has earned the 2013 rookie of the year award for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 by just one point over Ryley Seibert. Cheap Panthers Jerseys .com) - Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist both scored in the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings denied the Minnesota Wilds comeback bid with a 5-4 win on Tuesday. . 1 status and was unable to prevent a late season collapse, James Reimer said he wants to put the past behind him and is looking forward to spending the next two years in a Maple Leaf uniform. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When Tommy Wingels scored a fluky, short-handed goal in the opening minutes, it was clear this was going to be San Joses night. Wingels scored two goals and Antti Niemi shut Montreal out for the second time this season in the Sharks 4-0 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday night. Wingels opened the scoring with a short-handed goal after Peter Budaj misplayed a shot from centre ice and added another on a deflection to lead the way for the Sharks. "That was a fortunate bounce for us," Wingels said of his first goal. "Well take it. It kind of gave us some momentum in the first there." Matt Nieto also scored and Logan Couture had a goal and two assists for the Sharks, who have won seven straight home games against Montreal since last losing here to the Canadiens in 1999. Niemi made 27 saves to follow up his 2-0 victory in Montreal in October with another shutout as San Jose moved within four points of first-place Anaheim in the Pacific Division. "We want to win our division," Couture said. "That was one of our goals from the start of the year and were close." Budaj was knocked out after allowing two goals in less than 22 minutes as Montreal lost for the third time in four games on a road trip to Arizona and California. "It was a frustrating game and a frustrating road trip," captain Brian Gionta said. "We wanted something better out of it." San Jose took control of the game in a dominant second period, getting goals from Wingels and Nieto in the first half of the period to go up 3-0. Wingels second goal of the game came when a point shot from Matt Nieto hit the inside of his leg on the way into the goal. That led coach Michel Therrien to give an early hook to Budaj, who allowed two goals on the first 11 shots. The change to Dustin Tokarski failed to generate the spark Therrien was seeking as the Sharks continued to attack with the two-goal lead and expanded it when Patrick Marleau set up Nieto for a one-timer from the slot midway through the period. Nieto set up Couture for his 18th goal in the opening minute of the third period to put the game out of reaach. Wholesale Panthers Jerseys. Niemi, making consecutive starts for the first time since Feb. 1-3, was not tested often but was up to the task when challenged, including an early pad save on P.K. Subban and on a short-handed breakaway by Tomas Plekanec late in the third. Niemi has struggled a bit of late and had his playing time cut back as San Jose started backup Alex Stalock in three of the first four games after the Olympic break. But he followed up a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night with another shutout against the Canadiens. "Nemo had to make some saves early, and then he had to make a couple late to maintain the shutout," coach Todd McLellan said. "I thought he was very calm, very solid again." The Sharks got a fortunate break to take a 1-0 lead early in the first period with James Sheppard in the penalty box for tripping. Couture shot the puck in from centre ice that got caught between Budajs pads. Instead of freezing the puck for a faceoff, Budaj stood up and tried to play it but Wingels raced in and poked it into the net for San Joses second short-handed goal in as many games. "We were on the power play and I wanted to play it right away to help and not have a faceoff in our own end," Budaj said. "I didnt have a look to see the player was coming. Thats my mistake." The Sharks werent nearly as effective on their three power plays that included 21 seconds of a two-man advantage. They struggled to get set up in the offensive zone and were sloppy with their passes, generating only one shot on goal in those three opportunities. The power play has been a problem for San Jose in recent weeks with the team going 2-for-48 over the past 15 games. NOTES: Sharks F Raffi Torres got called for boarding on a hard shoulder check into Lars Eller in the second period. Jarred Tinordi took exception and started a fight, negating any power play for the Canadiens. ... Montreal D Douglas Murray got a warm ovation in his first game back in San Jose since being traded by the Sharks to Pittsburgh last March. He delivered an early hit on Nieto and also was on the receiving end of one from Brent Burns. ' ' '

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