BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Jays' Marco Estrada embraces change in final spring start

Right-hander declares himself ready to go for first opening day start on Monday.
Via Toronto Star
48 minutes ago

Blister not a bother for Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez

Manager Gibbons expects right-hander to be ready for his first regular-season start.
Via Toronto Star
5 hours ago

WATCH: Morosi: I’d be concerned about Roberto Osuna

MLB insider Jon Paul Morosi explains why he's a bit concerned about Roberto Osuna’s lack of work, and lack of performance so far this spring, given his arm history and his young age.
Via SportsNetCanada
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

On Learning to Accept Marco Estrada’s Unorthodox Success

The conventions of sabermetric analysis are a funny thing. In theory, they should be agile and flexible; those following them should willing to adapt to new data findings. However, in practice that’s not always the case. Just as old-school baseball fans believe in closer mentalities and clutch performances, new school fans have DIPS theory and a standard aging curve. One of those...
Via BP Toronto
13 hours ago

Joe Biagini: The Key to the Blue Jays Bullpen?

Awkward. If there was one succinct way to describe Joe Biagini, it would be awkward. Biagini doesn’t shy away from himself – a guy who admits himself he’s a weird character and not everybody gets his sense of humour. If it were anybody else, it might seem like an act, but as John Gibbons would say, Biagini is a “different breed”. At 6’5″ and 240 pounds, even Joe Biagini’s...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
14 hours ago

Blue Jay Hunter Podcast Episode 11: The Jays Prepare to Fly North

In one more week, the Toronto Blue Jays’ first game of the 2017 regular season will be in the books. And after an extended Spring Training due to the World Baseball Classic, that day can’t come soon enough. On this week’s Blue Jay Hunter podcast, we get you ready as the Blue Jays prepare to fly north for a pair of exhibition games in Montreal this weekend, and then finally...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
1 day ago

Latos accepts Blue Jays demotion

Veteran Mat Latos will offer rotation insurance at Triple-A Buffalo.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Report: Yadier Molina, Cardinals progressing on contract extension

The St. Louis Cardinals heard Yadier Molina say he was intrigued by the possibility of becoming a free agent, and they apparently didn’t like it.Just on Saturday, Molina said he would not negotiate a contract extension during the season and that he was intrigued by the possibility of becoming a free agent.Two days later, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the sides are making...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mat Latos will not make Opening Day roster for Blue Jays

Mat Latos has been told by the Blue Jays he will not make the major league roster. According to Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner, the 29-year-old needs to decide if he wants to accept a Triple-A assignment or elect as a free agent. Latos was signed to a minor-league deal in February with an invite to major league camp. He has eight seasons under his belt with a career 3.60 ERA...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Tell Mat Latos He Won’t Make Team

Blue Jays righty Mat Latos has been told he won’t make the team, and Latos must now decide whether to accept a Triple-A assignment from the club or become a free agent, according to Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner (Twitter links). In addition, another Jays righty, Bo Schultz, is seeing a physician in New York and is likely to require elbow surgery. The Jays signed Latos to...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

WATCH: Martinez: Liriano can be best starter on Blue Jays staff

Voice of the Blue Jays, Buck Martinez tells Jeff Blair just how good Francisco Liriano can be for thisteam, says he’s electric, and his stuff just explodes in the strike zone.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What Would it Cost To Have Ryan Goins’ Glove on the Roster?

Once again, it’s crunch time around the MLB spring camps. Rosters must shrink to 25 men by opening day, and although injuries can change things at the last minute, front offices are whittling the numbers down every day. Some players have options, some others have opt outs. Eventually, the game of musical chairs will end, and some players will be left without anywhere to sit. Up...
Via BP Toronto
1 day ago

Kolten Wong has strong words over potential loss of at-bats

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was confronted with the possibility of losing some of his at-bats due to ongoing struggles at the plate, and he was not very receptive to the idea.Cardinals manager Mike Matheny floated the idea of a platoon at second base involving Wong and the likes of Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia, with Wong hitting just .182 during spring training...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Kevin Pillar Shows How He Makes Five-Star Catches

On Opening Day 2015, Kevin Pillar wasn’t even the Toronto Blue Jays starting centre fielder. He began the season in left field, dabbled with a few games in right, and then on April 25th 2015, he played centre field and never looked back. In less than two years, Pillar has built a reputation as one of the best defenders in all of baseball. In a very short time, Kevin Pillar has...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
2 days ago

Rougned Odor threw a cup of water into Felix Hernandez’s face on the field

Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (not to be confused with his brother, also named Rougned Odor) must be thrilled about his new contract extension with the team.During the Rangers’ Spring Training game with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, as Odor was taking the field, he threw a cup of water into the face of Felix Hernandez, his Venezuelan countryman. Based on the reaction...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Travis & Pearce fit causes a ripple effect for Blue Jays

MLB insider Shi Davidi joins Arash Madani to discuss what ripple effect the health of both Devon Travis and Steve Pearce might have on the Blue Jays roster.
Via SportsNetCanada
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Troy Tulowitzki, Russell Martin Really Need to Have Strong Starts

Fresh off two consecutive postseason appearances, the Toronto Blue Jays are primed to compete for a spot in October once again in 2017. They’ll be doing it with some fresh faces, though. Edwin Encarnacion and his powerful bat were a huge part of those two playoffs runs, but he plays for the Cleveland Indians now. The Blue Jays re-signed Jose Bautista, but have also brought in Kendrys...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman in for a big year?

Marcus Stroman, of the Toronto Blue Jays, was lights out in last nights World Baseball Classic Championship Game. Stroman took the ball for the United States and pitched in a way Blue Jays fans have not seen since 2015. Stroman was electric in his six innings of work. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff double, and it was the only hit he gave up all game. 2017 looks like it could...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays, John Gibbons reportedly finalizing contract extension

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is being rewarded after leading the team to back-to-back ALCS berths.Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports on Tuesday that Gibbons and the Blue Jays are finalizing a multi-year contract extension and expect to have a deal done by Opening Day on April 3.The 54-year-old Gibbons was hired in 2013 (his second managerial stint with the team) and has...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays star Donaldson plays for 1st time since injury

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson made his spring training debut Monday, going 0 for 2 with a walk in his first game since injuring his right calf more than a month ago. The 2015 AL MVP hurt himself Feb. 17 while running sprints. He was the designated hitter in an 8-2 loss to Minnesota, and is scheduled to play at his normal third base spot Wednesday. ...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bunt-Fest: Jays' Pillar bunts 7 times in minor league games

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Kevin Pillar was back in the minors for a bunt-fest. The Toronto Blue Jays center fielder spent Sunday switching from a Triple-A exhibition game to a Double-A contest on adjacent fields, attempting to reach on bunt singles in all seven at-bats. Pillar might need a little more practice - he went 0 for 7. ''It's something that I want to have as a tool, something...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Noah Syndergaard has no problem with bat flipping by opponents

Spring training has already been underway for a couple of weeks, which means soon enough we will be in prime “bat flipping hot take” season. You won’t hear any such talk from New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard however. He also told the New York Post that he’d even respect someone who flipped a bat in his face if such an act were to occur.“Just sheer enjoyment and excitement...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Look Here For Your Justin Smoak Optimism

I’ll admit from the top that this is just an experiment. But anyway, I won’t waste your time. Justin Smoak is 30 years old. He’s coming off a 90 wRC+ and a WAR of -0.1. He already has seven seasons of big-league experience, and in precisely zero of those has he measured in at even one win above replacement. Relative to what he was as a prospect, he’s been extremely disappointing...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets ace Noah Syndergaard will appear in upcoming season of ‘Game of Thrones’

Thor is coming to Westeros.Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that Noah Syndergaard filmed a cameo on Game of Thrones in Spain back in November. The New York Mets’ star won’t play a vital role in season seven, but will appear in a cameo: Game of Thrones is no stranger to celebrity cameos, as metal band Mastodon played members of the Wildlings back in season five. Icelandic...
Via The Comeback
25 days ago  |  Discuss

John Gibbons on Jose Bautista: ‘Never seen him look so good’

The early returns on the Toronto Blue Jays’ decision to re-sign Jose Bautista are quite promising. Just ask Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.“Tell you what, I’ve never seen him look so good,” Gibbons said Thursday of the 36-year-old Bautista, via the Toronto Sun. “He’s in great shape, he looks stronger, he’s in a good frame of mind.”It didn’t appear at several points...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
26 days ago  |  Discuss
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