The first Tower Talk of August is upon us and is focused upon
all of the Blue Jays trade deadline moves the Blue Jays lack of anything yesterday at the trade deadline. With the season all but lost, fans were hoping for something, anything really, that could have them excited about 2014. Many of the pieces AA was rumoured to be looking at are still going to be available in the offseason however, so we have lots of time to continue to speculate as we watch another Blue Jays season wither down into nothingness.
At Jays Journal Kyle Franzoni looks over a few of the rumours that were flying around Twitter yesterday but never came to fruition. Good luck next time Texas.
Also at Jays Journal Jay Blue gives us the July 31 Minor League report. This is a daily update, so I won’t link to it everyday, but Marcus Stroman did awesome things so it should be noted. Be sure to check back at Jays Journal every morning for your updates on all of the Jays minor league affiliates.
At Bluebird Banter, we are informed of the impending return of oft injured reliever Sergio Santos. His return brings another electric arm to the Jays bullpen, although in a corresponding move other oft injured reliever Dustin McGowan returned to where he’s most comfortable, the DL.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star gives us some insight into what Alex Anthopolous was dealing with leading up to the non-waiver deadline yesterday, and what his mindset was in standing pat.
In poor salary cap management news, Michael Traikos of the National Post tells us about the corner that Leafs GM Dave Nonis has painted himself into with his nothing short of awful cap management thus far as GM (hey let’s give him another couple years on that contract!).
No news yet on the Cody Franson or Nazem Kadri front, although time is ticking away on the Maple Leafs second buyout window. It appears as if those dreams of buying out John-Michael Liles and signing both Kadri and Franson were a little too logical for Leafs brass.
ESPN gives us a practice report from Bills training camp.
Kenneth Arthur at SBNation tells us that the Bills are already having offensive line troubles early in training camp. The perfect recipe for success when you’re likely to be starting a rookie QB for most of the season.
BuffaLowDown gives us the heads up on Bills rookie LB Kiko Alonso who in their words is “looking like the real deal”. Alonso, along with the rest of the Bills defense will need to be very good if this team wishes to do anything in 2013.
Buffalo Rumblings gives us their latest podcast where they talk about the early storylines in training camp so far. I won’t spoil it for you but a big storyline might be a certain QB who isn’t named Kevin Kolb.