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BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Remember all the speculation about Billy Beane possibly trading Josh Donaldson because of a conflict of personalities? It looks like we have confirmation that that was not the case. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi published a piece on Tuesday about how the Donaldson trade between the A’s and Blue Jays unfolded. The trade, which was announced on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Trying To Determine Aaron Sanchez’s 2015 Role

Aaron Sanchez would be best used as a starting pitcher in 2015 Highly touted prospect Aaron Sanchez made his big league debut in 2014 and he dominated out of the bullpen for the Toronto Blue Jays. Sanchez has been a starter for basically his whole career, but the Blue Jays felt the best way for him to get his feet wet in the bigs was through coming in from the bullpen. Sanchez...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Omar! My Life On & Off the Field – Omar Vizquel with Bob Dyer

In 2002, despite being a decade away from the end of his playing career, Omar Vizquel felt the need to record the details of his career in his official auto-biography, Omar!: My Life On and Off the Field. Whether he was trying to cash in one more time on the success of the 1990’s (which was obviously coming to an end), get things off his chest (like in Terry Francona’s Red Sox...
Via Burning River Baseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Charging The Mound: Examining Toronto Blue Jays’ 2015 Starting Rotation

What would the average Toronto Blue Jays‘ fan wish to see under their tree on Christmas morning? … There are plenty of options to choose from: Stabilization at second base Bullpen reinforcements The process of implementing a natural playing surface into the Rogers Centre coming to fruition Reduced ticket prices An addition to the starting rotation Wishful thinking on the price...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Will He Sign? Takashi Toritani

With Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang being posted and subsequently awarded to the Pirates on Monday, the next international player that might make the move to play in MLB may be Japan’s Takashi Toritani. Toritani, 33 who also bats left handed, has played shortstop for the past 11 seasons in Japan’s Central League for the Hanshin Tigers. This past year, he achieved career highs...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

An Attempted Defense of Colby Rasmus’ Defense

Is there a more infuriating player in the game than Colby Rasmus? Rasmus put up a 4-win age-23 season with St. Louis in 2010 and looked like a future star thanks to power, on-base skills (combining for a 130 wRC+) and adequate center field defense. By the end of 2011, though, he was a Blue Jay — […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday Links: Checking in on AL East rivals; Toronto Blue Jays edition

By now I imagine that we’re all pretty well versed in acquisitions that the Boston Red Sox have made so far this offseason, but they’re not the only team that has been busy in the American League East. The Toronto Blue Jays, who finished third in the division standings last season, added some thump to the middle of their order with additions on both the free agent market and...
Via Fire Brand AL
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Sox OF Ryan Kalish Signs With Blue Jays

Kalish With A Young FanHe made it to the big leagues with the Red Sox in 2010—and was considered one of the bright stars on the Fenway horizon. Then, injuries piled up on Ryan Kalish and pushed his career development into a Twilight Zone of frustration. Then, last year, his former GM Theo Epstein gave him a shot with the Cubbies. In 57 games, Kalish hit just .248. Now, he's being...
Via FenwayNation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox Ryan Kalish Signs Minor League Contract With Blue Jays

A once-promising Boston Red Sox prospect has joined an American League East foe. Former Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Blue Jays, the Jays announced Wednesday. Kalish will receive an invitation to major league spring training as part of the deal. Kalish, who turns 27 in March, was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006. He turned heads...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Melky Cabrera, White Sox agree to 3-year deal

The Chicago White Sox just can’t stop spending, can they? In what has already been a huge offseason for them, they’ve now gone and made Melky Cabrera their latest in a long line of notable acquisitions. Source tells me Melky Cabrera agrees to three year deal with WhSox pending physical . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 14, 2014   The deal is expected to...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Toronto interested in Greg Holland

According to Toronto Sun's Bob Elliott the Toronto Blue Jays have some interest in Kansas City Royals' two-time All-Star closer Greg Holland. #457226082 / gettyimages.com Holland is 2nd-year arbitration eligible and according to MLB Trade Rumors is projected to make approximately $9.3MM in 2015. This salary could price him out of the Kansas City Royals' plans for 2015...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Crucial Moves Remain For GM Alex Anthopoulos

Nowadays, any indication of a trade or free-agent signing is near impossible to keep under wraps. Whether it is a higher-up leaking information, “reports” on Twitter, or the kid running the concession stand who eavesdropped on top-secret intel; chances are the masses will hear about any transaction well before it transpires. Enter Toronto Blue Jays‘ GM, Alex Anthopoulos. One...
Via Baseball Essential
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadian OF Michael Saunders 'honored' to join Blue Jays

  Michael Saunders says he used to daydream about playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. Soon, he'll get to do it for real. A day after Toronto acquired the Canadian outfielder in a deal with the Seattle Mariners, Saunders said he was ''honored'' by the opportunity to play regularly on home soil. ''I think it was more of a storybook ending for me if you would, like. `One day it would...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Have John Mayberry Jr. On Their Radar

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets have free agent outfielder/first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. on their radar. Mayberry, 31, was non-tendered by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, and his right-handed bat is exactly what the Mets are looking for this offseason. Mayberry was acquired from Philadelphia on Aug. 31 and hit .208 with one homer and two RBIs in 15 games with the...
Via Mets Merized Online
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Blogger Roundtable: The Blue Jays – A’s Trade

Each week members of the Batting Leadoff blogger team participates in a roundtable discussion about one of the game’s most pressing topics. This week’s feature focuses on the recent trade between the Blue Jays and A’s in which Josh Donaldson, Brett Lawrie, and others were swapped.  Stephen Silverman –  The Blue Jays have to be happy with themselves after acquiring Josh...
Via Batting Leadoff
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie: Blue Jays’ Turf ‘Has A Lot Do’ With Recent Injuries

The Toronto Blue Jays have been active on the free agent market in recent years and look poised to make a move in the competitive American League East. The only problem? Nobody wants to play on their turf. The Jays sent infielder Brett Lawrie and three prospects to the Oakland Athletics last Friday in exchange for All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson....
Via NESN.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Sign Justin Smoak To 1-Year Deal

Less than one day after the Toronto Blue Jays non-tendered Justin Smoak and others, they signed Smoak to a 1-year $1 million contract. The 27-year-old played with the Seattle Mariners from 2010-2014 but was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays. The club has confirmed the signing on their official Twitter page: The @BlueJays have signed 1B JUSTIN SMOAK to a one year contract worth...
Via Baseball Essential
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Brett Lawrie turn it around in Oakland?

From the perspective of the Oakland Athletics, the trade that sent Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for a package of players headlined by Brett Lawrie on Friday night represents a much more disappointing picture than for the other club involved in the deal. Despite that this is the typical way in which Billy Beane operates, in addition to the fact that Donaldson was...
Via The Outside Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays pay for defense in acquiring Josh Donaldson

The baseball world was treated to something of a Friday night blockbuster, as the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics came together on a trade that featured Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie as centerpieces, with three additional prospects heading to Oakland from the Jays. On the Oakland end, there is no shortage of confusion over just what they were trying to accomplish...
Via The Outside Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Blue Jays not giving up on re-signing Melky Cabrera

This offseason the Toronto Blue Jays have filled needs and stacked their lineup by adding Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson. With a need for a left handed bat and outfield help, Jon Heyman is reporting that they still have plenty of interest in re-signing Melky Cabrera. #455178102 / gettyimages.com jays still trying for melky. he was great for them last year, and they do...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at the prospects the A's got in the Donaldson trade

I’ll try to complete the FanGraphs analysis of the Josh Donaldson deal, with Dave covering the A’s perspective of the deal and Drew Fairservice covering it from the Jays perspective while I’ll jump in with the prospect end of things. Those two prior pieces do a good job analyzing the various angles of this deal, with the […]
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Here Come the Blue Jays

The Blue Jays aren’t messing around. That much became clear when they signed free-agent catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82.5 million contract Monday, outbidding notable heavyweights in the Cubs and Dodgers in the process. The signing comes with its fair share of risks (as does any big-money contract, no matter the player). A year ago, Martin hit .226/.327/.377 for the Pirates...
Via Fire Brand AL
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s talk about Colby Rasmus

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve always been a Colby Rasmus fan. Actually, I can explain it – Tony La Russa hates Colby Rasmus, so I must love him. Traded for pennies on the dollar to Toronto, Rasmus (the former #3 prospect in baseball) has had a very up-and-down career so far. He’s now a free agent, and one the Cubs will no doubt look into. Offense Rasmus has put up some...
Via Obstructed View
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays’ 2015 Budget and Free Agent Targets

The fact that Blue Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos has stated that none of his stars are going anywhere, it gives fans some hope that maybe there’s another kick in the can somewhere with the current core – not without some hopeful roster additions though. But how much money will Anthopoulos have to work with? Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star accurately surmised that, as of right...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista busts up reporter over Twitter

If you are a sports reporter, calling out the universally popular Jose Bautista is probably not the way to make many friends.  Or any friends.  Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun decided against conventional wisdom to poke at the Blue Jays All-Star RF with regard to trade deadline comments.  Bautista put him in his place quickly: .@simmonssteve who are you and why are you talking...
Via Reading Between The Seams
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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