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Toronto Blue Jays 2016 Preview

Last year’s Blue Jays zoomed back to relevance for the first time since the Clinton Administration (or the Kim Campbell one, if you are reading this and are north of the border). They had, in fact, been the only major league team to not qualify for the playoffs since the advent of the first wild card playoff slot. They fortified a strong lineup by adding one of the game’s best...
Via Baseball Essential
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 Minor League Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays sort of operate their franchise like your buddy that chases strippers and always ends up with a massive credit card bill to show for it. Sure, sometimes it makes for a once in a lifetime experience (Josh Donaldson), but other times it's for fleeting exploits with a disappointing outcome (David Price). Only the bill in this case isn't an actual physical one, but a bare...
Via Razzball
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Let’s Craft an Extension for Jose Bautista

Last night, the Jays avoided arbitration with Josh Donaldson, agreeing to a two year deal that gives him nearly $29 million in guaranteed income, and helps the team avoid a second huge raise next year if Donaldson has another great year. The team had publicly stated their desire to get Donaldson locked up long-term, but as a Super Two coming off an MVP season, Donaldson had plenty...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman: the most interesting man in MLB?

Marcus Stroman would very much like to be considered one of the game's best - both on and off the field.The 24-year-old Duke product is a vital part of the Toronto Blue Jays' pitching staff and is heading into 2016 even hungrier than ever after missing most of the 2015 season. As he told Bob Nightengale of USA Today for a new piece, however, he has goals that go far beyond the diamond...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

AP source: Donaldson, Blue Jays nearing $28.65M, 2-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because the agreement had not been completed. The progress toward a deal was first reported by Sportsnet in Canada. Donaldson and the...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects by Ezra Wise and BP Prospect Staff

A division title caused significant turnover, but the Jays aren`t lacking in prospect talent.
Via Baseball Prospectus
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jays, Donaldson agree to two-year extension

The Toronto Blue Jays and reigning American League Most Valuable Player Josh Donaldson have avoided arbitration and agreed to a two-year contract extension worth nearly $29 million. Donaldson still has one more arbitration-eligible year in 2018. When the two sides exchanged arbitration numbers, the Blue Jays were sitting at $11.35 million and Donaldson’s camp at $11.8 million...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Can Toronto Trust Marcus Stroman?

We get it, Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman is the man. He has a slick haircut that mirrors Odell Beckham Jr. He’s shown off his rap skills, proving that Damian Lillard isn’t the only professional athlete that can spit bars. He even changed his number to six to represent the city that he plays for. But can the Blue Jays really trust Stroman to lead them down...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitcher Gavin Floyd agrees to $1M, 1-year deal with Toronto

TORONTO (AP) Right-hander Gavin Floyd and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract. Floyd can make an additional $1 million in bonuses based on days on the active roster: $500,000 for 90, and $250,000 each for 120 and 140. A 12-year veteran who has also pitched for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta, Floyd had a 2.70 ERA and no decisions...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays hire Wedge for front office role, could he replace Gibbons?

The Toronto Blue Jays announced Saturday Eric Wedge, who spent 10 seasons as a MLB manager for the Cleveland Indians (2003-2009) and Seattle Mariners (2011-2013), has been hired as the team's Player Development Advisor.Wedge has spent the last two years since being the Mariners manager working as an analyst at EPSN. While he been hired at the Player Development Advisor for the Blue...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jesse Chavez beats Blue Jays in arbitration, awarded $4M

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Jesse Chavez defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in salary arbitration, improving players to 3-0 this year in cases that went to hearings. Chavez was awarded a $4 million salary on Saturday by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, who heard the case a day earlier. The Blue Jays argued the 32-year-old right-hander should be paid $3.6 million. ...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Last* of Mark Buehrle

It’s over. Maybe. Mark Buehrle has told reporters this offseason that he is “not planning on playing next season but is not ready to officially announce retirement,” which is a sort of confusing follow-up to the rumors we heard in October that the 36-year-old veteran starter was planning to retire. If Buehrle does wind up pitching in 2016, it sounds like the only team that...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Topps to release epic Jose Bautista bat flip baseball card

When Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista crushed a go-ahead three-run homer off Texas Rangers reliever Sam Dyson, launching the ball to the second deck of the Rogers Centre during last October’s Game 5 of the ALDS, the baseball world, including myself and all of Canada, effectively lost their mind. The homer was nice, and a huge moment for the 2015 Blue Jays, but what followed...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

No more turf: Blue Jays outfitting Rogers Centre with real dirt infield

The Toronto Blue Jays made a big announcement on Wednesday: they're installing dirt in the infield at Rogers Centre. This is an important development for the Jays, as the field conditions in Toronto have long been maligned as being dangerous for players due to its unforgiving material. With reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson manning third base for the foreseeable future (not to mention...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Toronto Blue Jays Manager of Baseball Analytics

Position: Toronto Blue Jays Manager of Baseball Analytics Location: Toronto Description: The primary focus of this position will be to learn how decisions are made in all areas of Baseball Operations, develop a familiarity with those processes and then develop tools and conduct research to incorporate data into the decision making process. Responsibilities: Conduct empirical research...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Another MVP Come Out Of Toronto?

Troy Tulowitzki will win the 2016 AL MVP 2015 marked the return to the playoffs for the first time since 1993 for the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a welcome sight for fans of all ages to see playoff baseball return to Toronto, including being just 2 10 innings shy of a berth in the World Series. While the usual suspects of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion continued to do Jose...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson will appear on ‘Vikings’

    Josh Donaldson took home the American League MVP Award last year, so we know he’s pretty good at playing baseball. Soon, he will get to show off his abilities as an actor on History channel. Next month, the highly-rated series “Vikings” will get its fourth season underway, one that will contain the Blue Jays third baseman. .@BringerOfRain20 is about to #Raid #Vikings...
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Aaron Sanchez Be The X-Factor For The Blue Jays Rotation In 2016?

Toronto Blue Jays hurler Aaron Sanchez makes no bones about where he wants to pitch next season, even his best pal Marcus Stroman pulls no punches confidently asserting that Sanchez will be a starter. The question is can Aaron Sanchez live up to his 1st round billing and be the x-factor the Blue Jays so desperately need in their starting rotation. Sanchez addressed the media...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays have a decision to make with Bautista and Encarnacion’s pending free agency

The Toronto Blue Jays will be in somewhat of a tough position after the 2016 season as both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista are due to hit free agency. Toronto president Mark Shapiro will likely attempt to re-sign both of them, and given the team’s win-now window, trading one of them over the next six months would simply would be insane. Still, for Blue Jays fans, the idea...
Via The Outside Corner
January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

The Toronto Blue Jays overpaid J.A. Happ

Every offseason there are a few signings that don’t quite make sense. Last season, it was the New York Mets signing Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $24 million contract in early November. The Toronto Blue Jays signed J.A. Happ for three years and $36 million and became an early candidate for the most confusing signing of the offseason. Happ played for the Jays from 2013-14, before...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista's bat flip inspires a holiday sweater

There are two modern-day things that just will not go away: purposely ugly holiday sweaters and Jose Bautista’s bat flip from Game 5 of the ALDS.So of course the Internet all but exploded on Wednesday when it was revealed that these two entities have joined forces to create a pullover that puts all other Christmas ensembles to shame.The ode to Bautista's heavily debated home run...
Via Yardbarker
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

David Price has funny response to free agency rumors

David Price had a funny response on Twitter to all the free agency rumors about him. On Monday FOX MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal said on MLB Network that he thinks the Boston Red Sox will be major players for Price and/or Zack Greinke. That was enough to get the rumor mill churning. Here was Price’s humorous response later in the evening: I can always tell the big rumor days…tons...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

How the Devon Travis injury impacts the Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis will likely miss some or all of Spring Training following left shoulder surgery. Devon Travis likely to miss some/all of ST. Timeline provided by #BlueJays would have him resuming baseball activity sometime after March 9. — Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) November 18, 2015   As Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports...
Via The Outside Corner
November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Incoming Jays president questioned outgoing GM

The Toronto Blue Jays sold out a portion of their farm system in hopes of a 2015 World Series but fell short of a ring, and incoming president Mark Shapiro questioned the merit of the trades. That conversation may have played a role in Alex Anthopoulos declining a four-year extension to serve as general manager. Rick Westhead of TSN notes a team source said: “Mark is a pretty...
Via Sportsnaut
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Toronto Blue Jays

What a wild season for the Toronto Blue Jays. After teetering around the .500 mark going into the trade deadline, general manager Alex Anthopoulos swung massive trades to acquire David Price and Troy Tulowitzki and the team caught fire, finishing first in the AL East with a 93-69 record and making the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in ’93. The club...
Via The Outside Corner
October 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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