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Toronto Blue Jays no longer an option for Pablo Sandoval

It seems as if the Toronto Blue Jays have dropped out of the race for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, according to Rogers Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith. Nicholson-Smith reports that there has not been any communication with the Blue Jays organization and Gustavo Vasquez, Sandoval’s agent in the last 48 hours. During a press conference for the signing of Russell Martin...
Via On-Base Talk
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Opinion: Blue Jays Soaring High

Coming into the offseason, no one really expected the Toronto Blue Jays to be huge players in the free agent market. But after signing catcher Russell Martin to an $82-million contract over five years, they are suspected to be in on a few other “big-named” players. One of those being three-time champion Pablo Sandoval. This is surprising, because it was rumored that the San...
Via On-Base Talk
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dioner Navarro Wants Out Of Toronto

According to Jon Heyman of CBS, Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro wants out as Toronto has opted to sign free-agent catcher Russell Martin to take over the primary catching duties on the Blue Jays’ roster. While Martin is clearly an upgrade, Navarro produced solid results in his first year as full-time catcher since 2009. He started 102 games behind the plate, hitting .274/.317...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Dioner Navarro wants out of Blue Jays organization

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Dioner Navarro feels that the recent signing of Russell Martin to a 5-year/$82M contract will diminish his role with the Blue Jays. The 30-year old Navarro hit .274, 12 RBI, with 69 RBI in 2014. Heyman also states that the Jays would give Navarro time between DH as well as catcher. The switch hitter had drawn interest from three teams, the identities...
Via On-Base Talk
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nomar And Russell Martin Did Tequila Shots?

As we have said many times over the years, almost any story in baseball has some Red Sox connection. So it is with Toronto's recent free-agent signing of catcher Russell Martin. The Canadian native recounted a story of his first call-up with the Dodgers back in 2006—where one of his new teammates was none other than Nomar Garciaparra. The 'Big Blue Machine' was in the...
Via FenwayNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin And Big Contracts To Older Catchers

Just like winter, hot stove season appears to be arriving early this year. Somewhat lost in all of the hubbub regarding Giancarlo Stanton‘s record-breaking deal is Russell Martin‘s five-year, $82 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Though it is heavily backloaded, this still ranks as the third-largest catching contract currently on any club’s books […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Toronto Blue Jays Not Yet Offering Contract To Pablo Sandoval

<input type="hidden" name="fallback" value="This embed is invalid" /> The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t all-in on Pablo Sandoval just yet. The Blue Jays remain in the mix for Sandoval but haven’t made the third baseman a formal offer, Sportsnet...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Claim Infielder Juan Francisco Off Waivers From Blue Jays

<input type="hidden" name="fallback" value="This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox acquired an infielder not named Pablo Sandoval. The Red Sox claimed third baseman/first baseman Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers from Blue Jays

  The Boston Red Sox have claimed infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Francisco played 106 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI. He has played both first and third base in a major league career that also includes stops in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Milwaukee. In 404 games, he has batted .236 with 48 homers and 152 RBI.
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Claim 3B/1B Juan Francisco Off Waivers

(USAToday Sports)Now this is an interesting move. The Red Sox claimed left-handed-hitting 3B/1B Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. This may be nothing more than 'Panda Fail Insurance' and/or a boost to the 2015 bench. Francisco strikes-out a lot (116 times in 108 games in 2014), and is not that great defensively—but he does have some pop (16 HRs in 2014). The...
Via FenwayNation
6 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Toronto to pursue Jon Lester

Rob Bradford of reports that the Blue Jays are one of six teams with legitimate interest in free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester. Toronto just signed free agent catcher Russell Martin to a 5 year $82 million deal. It appears, though, that this is not enough for the Blue Jays and they are now pursuing the 30-year-old pitcher this winter.#456420688 / gettyimages.comLester...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Former All-Star Brook Jacoby becomes Blue Jays' hitting coach

  Former All-Star Brook Jacoby has been hired as hitting coach of the Toronto Blue Jays. The 54-year-old was Cincinnati's hitting coach from 2007-13 and Texas' minor league hitting coordinator last season. Jacoby played 11 seasons in the major leagues with Atlanta, Cleveland and Oakland. He was an American League All-Star with the Indians in 1986 and `90. He replaces Kevin...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Toronto is "very aggressive" in pursuit of Andrew Miller

The Toronto Blue Jays made a splash in free agency by adding catcher Russell Martin, the best free agent catcher available to be the leader of their pitching staff.  Jeff Blair reporting that the team is expected to pursue Andrew Miller, who many believe is the best relief pitcher on the market. #453170656 / Told by source with competing team that Blue Jays...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Toronto Blue Jays Very Aggressive In Pursuit Of Andrew Miller

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to poke the fire. The Blue Jays are “very aggressive” in their pursuit of free-agent reliever Andrew Miller, a source with a competing team told’s Jeff Blair. Toronto reportedly agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract with catcher Russell Martin on Monday. The Jays also remain interested in free-agent starter Jon Lester, multiple...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to five-year deal

About an hour after I named Russell Martin one of the bargains of this free agent crop, the Blue Jays removed him from the pile, signing him to a five year, $82.5 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal. This was slightly higher than the 5/$75M I’d guessed in my predictions, and quite a bit higher […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  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
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays and Tigers Make Minor Trade That Might Matter

If you like big trades with flashy names, this isn’t the post for you, because this one is dedicated to the Tigers swapping second base prospect Devon Travis to the Blue Jays for center field kinda prospect Anthony Gose. Neither Travis nor Gose looks like to turn into any kind of star, but this trade […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Trade Speculation

Free agency is upon us and the rumors are swirling about. From Pablo Sandoval to Victor Martinez, the Toronto Blue Jays are seemingly in on all of the big name offensive free agents. Canadian catcher Russell Martin has also been one of the oft-mentioned names. Will any of these players be signed by the Blue Jays? Who knows! In the spirit of fake rumors and endless possibilities...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Revisiting the R.A. Dickey Trade, Two Years Later

It has been close to two years since the New York Mets’ blockbuster trade that sent NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a package that included prospects Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard. Such deals always take years to truly measure which team came out on top and with two complete MLB seasons played since the December trade that...
Via Mets Merized Online
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers acquire Adam Lind from Blue Jays

The Milwaukee Brewers have moved quickly to fill their hole at first base this offseason, acquiring former Blue Jay Adam Lind in exchange for long reliever Marco Estrada. Toronto just picked up a $7.5 million option on Lind for 2015, and the Brewers will now have him at that salary. Milwaukee also has an $8 million club option for Lind in 2016, making him more than a rental. In...
Via The Outside Corner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Justin Smoak be more than just a waiver claim?

Justin Smoak is on his way to Toronto Though the World Series has not yet concluded, the Toronto Blue Jays have already begun their off-season in a minor way by claiming former Seattle Mariners 1st basemen, Justin Smoak. I would put this waiver claim in a different category than every other normal claim, as there could be something here. Nolan Reimold was a similar situation...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Mark Buehrle available for trade

When the Toronto Blue Jays added Mark Buehrle to their rotation, they had hopes of quickly becoming contenders, but after two seasons of failing to reach the playoffs Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that Buehrle may be dealt this offseason.  #456400704 / gettyimages.comBy trading Buehrle who is entering the final year of his contract the team could not only add to...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 26, 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

WATCH: Melky Cabrera freaks over sound of thunder

During Wednesday night’s Blue Jays-Rays game at Tropicana Field, we saw something we don’t see too often at a domed stadium – a rain delay. Prior to the delay, a clap of thunder scared the bejeezus out of Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera. Yeah, I think I could watch that a time or two. As for the delay itself, it wasn’t technically a rain delay – it was caused by a block...
Via The Outside Corner
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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