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Adding players to the 40-man roster is a calculated process.
In the end, the best talent usually gets protected, but various situations make it easy to protect some and not so easy to protect others.
The one notable omission from the Toronto Blue Jays’ flurry of roster moves Monday evening at the deadline to protect players from the Dec. 14 Rule 5 Draft is a perfect example.
Max Pentecost was the 11th-overall pick in the 2014 draft, but since then injuries have limited him to just 171 minor-league games over three years, including just 19 games behind the plate this past year in High-A.
Turning 25 in March, Jays general manager Ross Atkins gambled that no one would be able to select Pentecost and keep him on a major-league roster for the entirety of the 2018 season, which is what has to be done with a Rule 5 draft pick or you have to offer the player back to his original team for half of the $100,000 selection fee.
Typically, pitchers who can be stashed in a bullpen like Joe Biagini and position players who are able to at least hold their own defensively are amongst the small handful of names selected in the major league phase.
Last winter, 18 players were selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
Every team around baseball did some roster shuffling Monday in preparation for the annual yard sale.
After shuttling 27-year-old right-handed pitcher Chris Rowley and disappointing outfield prospect Harold Ramirez off the roster, as well as losing utility man Rob Refsnyder on waivers to the Cleveland Indians, the Blue Jays added five prospects to their 40-man roster and acquired another player in a minor trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, leaving them at 39 players.
Here’s how all of them could fit into the Blue Jays’ roster plans in 2018:

2B/SS Gift Ngoepe
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The Jays will give up either cash or a player to be named later in order to add Ngoepe, who became the first African-born player to reach the majors last season, to their utility-man mix.
Offensively, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot to get excited about when it comes to the soon-to-be 28-year-old, as he put up a .671 OPS in nine minor-league seasons, before striking out in 41.3 per cent of his 63 MLB plate appearances last year.
On the positive side, Ngoepe does walk a bit and scouting reports peg the 5-foot-8, 200-pounder as an above average option with the glove in the middle of the infield.
He should battle for a utility role behind the oft-injured Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis in the spring.

C Reese McGuire
Acquired along with Ramirez and Francisco Liriano in exchange for Drew Hutchison at the 2016 trade deadline, McGuire is now the last man standing on either side of that deal.
A knee injury set him back this past season, but he returned to slash .278/.366/.496 with six home runs in 136 plate appearances at Double-A, by far the best run the lefty has had with the bat since being selected 14th overall in 2013 by the Pirates.
The reason McGuire was added to the 40-man roster, however, has nothing to do with his bat.
The glove has long been seen as MLB-calibre and he profiles as backup catcher in the mould of, gulp, Josh Thole.
The Jays are clinging to hope there’s more offensive upside than that.
Depending who the Jays add in free agency, McGuire will be in the backup catcher mix during spring training, allowing the next guy on this list to head back to Triple-A to get more at-bats.

C Danny Jansen
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After a breakout 2017 season that saw him slash .323/.400/.484 with 10 home runs and more walks than strikeouts across three levels to end up at Triple-A Buffalo, Jansen is now considered the Jays’ catcher of the future.
With Russell Martin signed for two more seasons, the Jays can continue to take it slow with Jansen and would much rather send him back to Triple-A to start 2018 than have his development stunted by riding the pine in a backup role in Toronto.
But if Martin were to get hurt again – he had two DL stints last season – Jansen could be in line for an extended look in his age-23 season.

1B Rowdy Tellez
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The 6-foot-4 first baseman was thought to be close to major-league ready after breaking out in Double-A with 23 home runs in 2016.
Instead, Tellez cratered last season in Triple-A, slashing just .222/.295/.333 and seeing his power completely disappear with just six homers. He also hit .148 against lefties.
The Blue Jays, however, know that Tellez was still just 22 last season and have no problem giving him at least another year to adjust and develop, the only difference being he’s now taking up a 40-man roster spot.

LHP Tom Pannone
This one should come as no shock.
Not only was this 23-year-old southpaw drafted in the ninth round in 2013 when Atkins was director of player development with the Indians, Pannone also posted a 2.36 ERA over 25 starts split between the Indians and Jays organizations last year.
After acquiring him at the deadline for reliever Joe Smith, Atkins brought Pannone’s name up multiple times when talking about 2018 rotation depth, despite not having a start above Double-A yet.
As a command and control lefty, Pannone isn’t going to wow many, but there’s a sneaky amount of upside as a backend starter and the bet is he’ll be needed at some point next summer in Toronto if he’s pitching well at Triple-A.
A big difference between 2017 and 2018 will be the Jays reaching for prospects like Pannone and fellow lefty Ryan Borucki when inevitable attrition hits the major league rotation this time around, which is a much better scenario than handing the Mat Latos’s and Mike Bolsinger’s of the world the ball.

RHP Conner Greene
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After walking 83 batters in 132.2 innings last year in Double-A, it’s hard to envision Greene being a legitimate option as a starter unless something miraculous happens with his command.
But when you can dial it up to 100 mph, a future as a late-inning reliever is always seen as a possible fallback and that’s the case with Greene, who may start the transition sooner rather than later if the Jays need help in the bullpen.
It also wouldn’t be surprising to see the Jays give it one more try with Greene in the rotation back at Double-A for a third go-round since he’s only turning 23 in April, but that could be something they wait until March in Dunedin to figure out.

Wholesale Authentic NFL Stitched Minnesota Vikings Case Keenum Jerseys China 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings will stick with Case Keenum at quarterback when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, coach Mike Zimmer announced Wednesday.

Keenum, who spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Rams, led Minnesota to a 38-30 victory at Washington in Week 10, throwing for 304 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Zimmer said it wasn’t a difficult choice to go with Keenum. He said his performance on Sunday was “part of” why the team is sticking with him as quarterback.

The decision to ride out the momentum with Keenum for another week delays the return of Teddy Bridgewater, who was activated to the 53-man roster last week. Bridgewater injured his left knee in August 2016 and hasn’t played in a game since; he will continue to serve as Keenum’s backup in Week 11.

Zimmer said the quarterback is healthy enough to play, otherwise he wouldn’t dress in uniform.

Keenum is 5-2 in his starts for the Vikings and has Minnesota riding a five-game winning streak.

Keenum has the NFL’s third-best Total QBR (72.6), behind injured Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott. In Sam Bradford’s absence, Keenum has orchestrated a Vikings passing attack that ranks 12th in the NFL with 245.8 yards per game.

Minnesota is in first place in the NFC North at 7-2 and faces off with Los Angeles (7-2) in a game with playoff implications. Keenum will go head-to-head with Jared Goff, the former No. 1 overall pick who replaced him as Rams starter in November 2016 after Keenum went 4-5 to begin the season. The Rams lost their remaining seven games after the switch.

“He’s a great dude,” Keenum said of Goff. “We’ve kept up throughout the season, obviously a lot of congratulatory texts between the two of us. I think one of my friends said it, ‘Just like everybody predicted. Case Keenum with the 7-2 Minnesota Vikings going up against the 7-2 Rams.’ I’m excited. I really am. He’s a great player. He’s playing really well. I’m excited for him.”

This season paints a different picture. Both quarterbacks boast the most improved QBRs from last year to now, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Goff is at the helm of an offense that is on pace to lead the league in scoring after finishing last in points last year.

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We pause now to give thanks for the World Series the Cubs and Indians just gave us. There surely has never been a more perfect way to finish a baseball season.

We’re thankful, too, for Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw, for Francisco Lindor and Adrian Beltre and for packed ballparks on hot summer days and gut-churning pennant races.
Has there ever been a better time to be a baseball fan? Here’s to a thankful Thanksgiving, everyone.
What does your team have to be thankful for?
Angels — Trout is a joy to watch play baseball, and wouldn’t it be cool to see him back in the postseason? That’s a real possibility in 2017 amid reports that Angels ace Garrett Richards is healthy and will be good to go on Opening Day.
Astros — In Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer and Alex Bregman, the Astros have four of the best and most exciting players in the game. They’re the foundation of a club that has transformed the Astros. At 27, Springer is the oldest of the group.
Springer’s solo homer
Springer’s solo homer
George Springer smacks a line drive over the wall in right field for a solo homer in the 3rd to cut the Astros’ deficit to 7-1
Athletics — The Athletics have done a nice job of acquiring young pitching depth. All the top contenders — at least 10 — for the starting rotation are 27 or under. This is a solid foundation on which to build a path back to contention. Top baseball executives Billy Beane and David Forst are smart and fearless, and in Bob Melvin, the A’s have one of the most respected managers in baseball.
Blue Jays — Baseball has been reawakened the last two summers, with a packed ballpark and a team that has Josh Donaldson, Aaron Sanchez and a string of other stars.
Braves — Good times are back. The Braves are moving into a beautiful new ballpark in 2017, and they’ve got a roster loaded with young talent. Atlanta was 37-35 after the All-Star break in 2016 as 22-year-old Dansby Swanson leads the franchise into an era of optimism.
Swanson starts fantastic DP
Swanson starts fantastic DP
Dansby Swanson makes an excellent diving stop, then proceeds to start a 6-4-3 double play to retire the Tigers’ side in the 8th inning
Brewers — Optimism abounds. General manager David Stearns has methodically reshaped the organization around pitching and youth. That transformation showed up during a 16-13 September and as the Brewers compiled the third-best ERA in the Majors (3.59) after the All-Star break.
Cardinals — Few baseball fans have more to be thankful for than those in St. Louis. Their team has won more games than any other the last six seasons and been to the postseason five times. There’s a packed ballpark virtually every night.
Cubs — You don’t have to ask, do you? This World Series didn’t just fulfill the dreams of Cubs fans. Baseball fans around the world were captivated by this World Series — by how it was played and how it ended and the team that won it. Hats off to you, owner Tom Ricketts, and your main baseball man, Theo Epstein.
D-backs — First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is the kind of player every other franchise is trying to acquire. Besides having made four straight National League All-Star teams, he’s deeply involved in a variety of charitable works off the field as well.
Goldy’s two-run homer to center
Goldy’s two-run homer to center
Paul Goldschmidt hammers a two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the 3rd inning to extend the D-backs’ lead to 3-0
Dodgers — Four straight NL West championships. Four straight years of leading the Major Leagues in attendance. Dodger Stadium, arguably the most beautiful place on earth to watch a baseball game. Dodger Dogs.
Giants — AT&T Park is spectacularly beautiful and packed every single night. Every game is a big event. And there are those three championships. And great players like Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey. And a manager, Bruce Bochy, who has already punched his ticket to Cooperstown.
Indians — In 2016, the Indians exemplified everything we love about sports. They were a very solid team for four months. Then they were hit hard by injuries. And somehow, showing determination and guts and all that other stuff, they got even better.
Mariners — There was a rebirth of great baseball at Safeco Field in 2016. Robinson Cano continued his Hall of Fame arc. Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz had great years. Young pitchers stepped up. Manager Scott Servais did a terrific job molding general manager Jerry Dipoto’s acquisitions into a team that was in contention until the 161st game of the season.
Marlins — This year, Giancarlo Stanton had the hardest-hit baseball of the Statcast™ era — 123.9 mph. He also had the next four hardest-hit balls and eight of the top 12 in 2016. In seven seasons, he has averaged 30 home runs despite playing 150 games just once. No player in baseball is more fun to watch.
Statcast: Stanton’s hot grounder
Statcast: Stanton’s hot grounder
Giancarlo Stanton’s 123.9 mph exit velocity on a grounder was the hardest hit ball in the Majors over the past two seasons
Mets — Matt Harvey is healthy. So are Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz. Throw them into a rotation with Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, and the Mets are poised to do something special in 2017.
Nationals — In the last five seasons, the Nationals have won 458 regular-season games and been to the postseason three times. Only the Cardinals have won more regular-season games among all 30 Major League teams. The Nationals will be back in the postseason mix again in 2017 with another chance to make a deep October run.
Orioles — In Camden Yards, the Orioles have arguably baseball’s most beautiful ballpark. In Dan Duquette, they have a general manager that has made the Birds the American League’s winningest team the last five years. Finally, in manager Buck Showalter, center fielder Adam Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy, the Orioles have a clubhouse environment as good as any.
Padres — Wil Myers became the star he was long projected to be in his fourth Major League season. He produced 29 doubles, 28 home runs and a .797 OPS. Still just 25 years old, Myers could get even better even though he’s plenty good enough already.
Myers’ three-run jack
Myers’ three-run jack
Wil Myers belts a three-run home run to center field off Albert Suarez in the bottom of the 1st inning
Phillies — It’s impossible to watch the Phillies and not be impressed with the youth and energy from Odubel Herrera, Jorge Alfaro, Maikel Franco, Vince Velasquez, Jerad Eickoff, etc. There’s more talent on the way, most notably shortstop J.P. Crawford and outfielder Nick Williams.
Pirates — There’s young homegrown talent in every corner of the clubhouse. There’s a winning tradition — three playoff appearances in four seasons. There are regular crowds of more than 30,000 at one of baseball’s most beautiful ballparks.
Rangers — Beltre is as productive and as professional as almost any player in baseball. He’s the heart and soul of a franchise that has been to the postseason in four of his six seasons and that he’s a virtual slam-dunk first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Rays — You can watch a lot of Major League baseball without seeing a player as good as Evan Longoria. That he has played all 1,279 career games for the Tampa Bay Rays says plenty about both the franchise and Longoria’s emotional investment in the community. Now 31, he’s coming off one of his best seasons — 41 doubles, 36 home runs, .840 OPS.
Longoria’s RBI double
Longoria’s RBI double
Evan Longoria drives one past a diving Ian Desmond and up the left-center-field alley, driving in Kevin Kiermaier to trim the deficit to 2-1
Reds — Joey Votto’s on-base percentage was .490 after the All-Star break. His batting average was .408. Votto’s .961 OPS after 10 seasons is the 18th-best of all time, better than that of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson.
Red Sox — Fenway Park is that place that breathes history. You can imagine what it was like when Ted Williams stood there at home plate. On a roster loaded with talented young players, the best thing about watching the Red Sox play is still the ballpark. Its magic and beauty endure.
Rockies — The Rockies appear to be on the cusp of greatness. They’ve got arguably the best group of young pitchers they’ve ever had. They’ve got two of baseball’s best players in Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez. They’ve got young position players scattered around their lineup.
Arenado named Silver Slugger
Arenado named Silver Slugger
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado wins his second straight National League Silver Slugger Award
Royals — Here’s to Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer, to Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas, and to one more October in Kansas City. Here’s to the men who led the KC baseball renaissance — David and Dan Glass, Dayton Moore, Ned Yost.
Tigers — Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera are at that point in their careers where we can begin to appreciate how good they’ve been. Cabrera may already have punched his ticket to Cooperstown, and Verlander is close.
Twins — In Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, the Twins have just added two of the brightest people in baseball. They will get the Twins on the right track and probably do it more quickly than anyone expects.
White Sox — Adam Eaton is one of the best-kept secrets in baseball. Not only is he an on-base machine — .362 OBP the last three seasons — but he’s also one of the best center fielders in the game.
Eaton’s diving catch
Eaton’s diving catch
Adam Eaton charges in and snags Tommy Joseph’s line drive with a dive to end the 8th, stranding a couple runners on base
Yankees — Make way for the kids: Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin. They get their chance to lead the Yankees into a bright and shiny new era.