BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blue Jays Sign C Erik Kratz To Minor League Deal

The Blue Jays have signed catcher Erik Kratz to a minor league deal. #BlueJays add catching depth with minor-league deal for Erik Kratz. Details here with @bnicholsonsmith https://t.co/h9dbUHE3hb — Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) July 28, 2016 Kratz is a familiar name to Jays fans, having spent roughly half a season with the team in 2014. He was then traded with Liam Hendriks to the...
Via BP Toronto
7 hours ago

Blue Jays-Orioles series preview

Advance look at matchup between top two teams in AL East.
Via Toronto Star
10 hours ago

WATCH: Sportsnet's Shi Davidi shoots down any Bautista to Nationals rumours

MLB insider Shi Davidi shoots down any possible scenario where the Jays would trade such a huge offensive piece in Jose Bautista for so-so pitchers or prospects, when they're clearly trying to win a World Series.
Via SportsNetCanada
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Benoit’s 2016: No Joaquin the Park

Despite the optics of trading for struggling relievers, the swap of pitchers Drew Storen and Joaquin Benoit is a good move for everyone involved. It might not be a transaction with a major impact, but the process behind it is sound. While it’s fair to speculate how much a change of scenery helps with losing two miles per hour off your fastball or losing control of the strike zone...
Via BP Toronto
12 hours ago

The Troy Tulowitzki Trade: One Year Later

Do you remember where you were when one of the most unexpected trades in Toronto Blue Jays history took place? Like many, I was fast asleep; completely unaware of the franchise-altering implications that were going on behind the scenes. It’s been one year to the day when the Blue Jays acquired Troy Tulowitzki overnight and sent Jose Reyes to the Colorado Rockies. It’s the kind...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
14 hours ago

Report: Nats have inquired about Jose Bautista

Do the Washington Nationals need even more star power? Ah heck, why not? According to a report by Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post on Wednesday, the Nationals have inquired about Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. Ok, this one is crazy and seems unlikely, but: person with knowledge says Nats have inquired about Toronto OF Jose Bautista. He is 10-5. — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays loss to Padres can be traced back to Martin’s sauna mishap: Griffin

Rotation was changed so that backup catcher Thole wouldn’t have to play against Orioles.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Blue Jays notebook: Barney evolves into super sub

Roberto Osuna, young stopper for Toronto, surrounded by a pair of 39-year-olds after trades this season.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Scouting Newly Acquired Padres Prospect Hansel Rodriguez

San Diego’s sole return for Melvin Upton Jr. is 19-year old Dominican righty, Hansel Rodriguez. This trade’s roots run back to 2013, when the Blue Jays selected LHP Brian Moran in the 2013 Rule 5 draft and immediately flipped him to the Angels for $240,000 worth of international pool money, which was added to the yet-to-be-spent $127,000 they had remaining from that year’s...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gibbons: That was some kind of at-bat by Travis

John Gibbons was impressed by Devon Travis' 12th inning at-bat on Tuesday, while also explained his decision to put Edwin Encarnacion in at first, relinquishing the DH spot.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen swap: Blue Jays send Storen to Mariners for Benoit

TORONTO (AP) Looking to better their bullpen, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Joaquin Benoit from the Seattle Mariners for fellow right-hander Drew Storen and cash in a swap of struggling relievers. The busy Blue Jays announced the trade Tuesday night, minutes after rallying to beat San Diego 7-6 in 12 innings. It was their second deal of the day: Hours earlier, Toronto obtained...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays agree to acquire Melvin Upton

The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). An A-ball prospect is headed back in the deal, per the report, with financial considerations remaining unknown. The swap is likely to be finalized today, says Rosenthal, who had reported last night that Toronto was in the lead to add Upton...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gibbons fed up with 'Sanchez to bullpen' questions

John Gibbons figures he had answered maybe 5000 questions about Aaron Sanchez's possible move to the bullpen, and is putting his foot down, stating he won't be answering those questions anymore.
Via SportsNetCanada
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Slugger Jose Bautista returns to Blue Jays lineup

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and will lead off against San Diego on Monday night. Catcher Russell Martin, who missed the past three games with a sore left knee, is also back in the lineup as the Blue Jays welcome the Padres to Toronto for the first time. Outfielder Junior Lake was designated for assignment to...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays cut Drew Storen, recall Ryan Tepera

TORONTO (AP) Struggling relief pitcher Drew Storen had been designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays, who recalled right-hander Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo. Toronto acquired Storen from Washington in January for outfielder Ben Revere, hoping the former closer would be a valuable option in late-inning situations. Instead, Storen went 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA and three...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin day-to-day after sauna-related mishap

There is an epidemic of weird injuries ripping through baseball, with Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin the latest victim. According to manager John Gibbons, Martin will miss a few days after injuring his knee in the shower — because he became lightheaded from staying in the sauna for too long. Gibbons on Martin:Russ was in sauna yesterday, was in too long, got lightheaded...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson washes his hair in dugout

Reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson practically turned Chase Field from a ballpark to a waterpark Tuesday night when he washed his hair in the dugout during the Blue Jays’ game against the Diamondbacks. Sure, a team from Canada was playing in the desert, but the roof was closed. So the players were shielded from the 80-degree weather outside. Even if the players did have...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays want to give Bautista ‘Cespedes type deal’

The Toronto Blue Jays and pending free agent Jose Bautista are far apart in contract talks. Bautista reportedly wants $150 million over five years. The Blue Jays are offering much less. Toronto is said to be looking at a three-year contract that would pay him around $25 million per (via Jon Heyman, FanRag Sports). Said three-year deal would bank Bautista the same type of cash...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: MLB to look into David Ortiz’s comments for tampering

Big Papi could be in a little trouble for having a big mouth. Major League Baseball might not be feeling the same love for David Ortiz that everyone at Petco Park did during the All-Star Game. The Red Sox slugger could face discipline for tampering after saying that Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion would make a good replacement for him when he retires after this...
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

What Did the Blue Jays Do to Ezequiel Carrera?

Not too long ago, I wrote about how the Blue Jays have gotten back to hitting the snot out of the ball. That shouldn’t be too surprising — a year ago, the Blue Jays hit the snot out of the ball. There was something in there, though, I’ve had trouble shaking. I included it as just a throwaway remark, but with Jose Bautista sidelined for the past few weeks, Ezequiel Carrera has...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Don Cherry: “left wing weirdos” are happy about “All Lives Matter” anthem

“Hockey Night In Canada” personality Don Cherry’s political opinions are often just as loud as his suits, whether he’s bashing Canada staying out of Iraq or blasting “left-wing pinkos” at Rob Ford’s mayoral election, and they’re sometimes as poorly-considered. His latest such effort on that front came on Twitter Wednesday in response to a “lone wolf” member of...
Via Awful Announcing
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Encarnacion’s agent says he won’t negotiate contract

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion is set to be one of the top free agents on the market this coming offseason. According to his agent, Paul Kizner, Encarnacion has no plans on signing a deal with Toronto before the season begins. “Once the season started, we were not going to negotiate,” Kinzer said, via Jon Heyman, FanRag Sports. “He thought it was a distraction...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar Is Muscling Up, But to No Avail

In his first year as an everyday center fielder in 2015, Kevin Pillar put up the kind of defensive numbers that make folks question defensive numbers. Pillar was a below-average hitter who finished the season with the same WAR as Miguel Cabrera, thanks to his gaudy defensive runs saved totals. The talk of the offseason, regarding Pillar, then became, “Well, if he can just become...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays rotation deserves credit for club’s rise back to contention

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in contention, sitting 11 games over .500 (51-40) after a so-so start to the season. Most of the accolades have been given to the teams powerful lineup, which is fair considering Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki have been incredible as the season progressed. Perhaps the most surprising reason Toronto has both survived and returned...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Estrada to miss All-Star Game after being placed on DL

Thanks to a dazzling age-33 campaign, Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada should have been taking the hill for the AL All-Stars in this year’s Midsummer Classic. But alas, it was not meant to be. According to a report by Barry Davis of Sportsnet on Wednesday, Estrada has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with lingering back pain, making him ineligible to pitch in the All...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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