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Now with Blue Jays, Johan Santana aims for another comeback

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) When Johan Santana walked into the Blue Jays' clubhouse for the first time early Saturday morning, a surprise was waiting inside his locker. Taped in the upper left hand corner, directly above his blue No. 57 jersey and cap, was a photograph of the celebration from Santana's no-hitter with the New York Mets in June 2012, arguably the finest moment in his baseball...
Via AP on Fox
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Toronto OF Saunders could return in April after knee surgery

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders has undergone surgery on his left knee and could return to the team in five to six weeks. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Saunders might be back sooner than anticipated, possibly in mid-April. Saunders tore cartilage in his knee Wednesday when he stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly...
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Jose Bautista thinks new additions will help Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) The past few seasons have been somewhat of a disappointment for Jose Bautista. The Toronto slugger has enjoyed personal successes, including a pair of top five AL MVP finishes, since his breakout season in 2010. But the Blue Jays haven't reached the playoffs in more than two decades. ''We haven't done a better job playing baseball, and it's led to the seasons...
Via AP on Fox
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The Blue Jays Need Maicer Izturis To Be Useful

The Blue Jays have new players up and down their lineup — Russell Martin, Justin Smoak, Josh Donaldson, Michael Saunders, Devon Travis, etc. Dalton Pompey basically qualifies here as well. But one incumbent player may end up being just as, if not more, important than all of the new acquisitions — middle infielder Maicer Izturis. […]
Via Fangraphs
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Blue Jays OF tears meniscus in freak sprinkler accident

  It’s that time of the year again.   For some reason, MLB spring training brings about the strangest and most unfortunate injuries. And Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders was 2015’s first victim, tearing his left meniscus after stepping on a sprinkler head while shagging balls. Saunders said he felt a pop when it happened. “I just tried to walk...
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Johan Santana signs minor league deal with Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed pitcher Johan Santana to a minor league contract. Santana, 35, will have to pitch his way back to the majors after sitting out the last two seasons. His comeback attempt last year was thwarted by a torn Achillies. The veteran left-hander experienced shoulder soreness during winter ball last month but tests showed no structural damage. He is a longshot...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Sign Johan Santana To Minor League Contract

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors. The Blue Jays announced the deal Thursday and invited him to big league spring training. Santana turns 36 in March. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the New York Mets and has...
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Johan Santana signed by Blue Jays to minor league deal

Johan Santana’s baseball career is not over yet. Despite undergoing surgery to repair a torn capsule in his shoulder twice — he missed all of 2011 and 2013 as he recovered — Santana is continuing his career. The Blue Jays announced Thursday they have signed the two-time Cy Young Award winner to a minor-league deal....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Toronto Blue Jays Prospect Profile: Anthony Alford

  One of the most intriguing prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays system is OF Anthony Alford.  A four-sport star in Mississippi, Alford was a two-time state high school baseball player of the year.  One of the top high school football recruits in the country,  Alford committed to Southern Mississippi University to play Quarterback. As a result of his gridiron desires, Alford’s...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Blue Jays’ Saunders Tears Meniscus in Freak Accident, out until All-Star Break

For a team full of turnover from last season and battles for position, there’s one less competitor for left field in spring training with Michael Saunders out after tearing his meniscus stepping on a sprinkler head in the outfield. Saunders stepped on sprinkler head in the OF. Total freak injury. No damage to acl or mcl but needs surgery to repair meniscus #bluejays — Barry...
Via Baseball Essential
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Michael Saunders tears meniscus after stepping on sprinkler head

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders has a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be out until the All-Star break. Saunders sustained the while chasing a ball during batting practice on Wednesday morning.  He stepped on a sprinkler head while going for a ball and felt a pop. “My foot got jammed,” Saunders told a group of reporters on Thursday, per MLB...
Via Sports-Glory
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Player Profile #37: Josh Donaldson | 3B | TOR

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! After our Draft Guide was released, we received a Facebook message from one of our most loyal readers, Jordan P.: Why is Josh Donaldson’s projection not as high as I expected batting in a prime spot in the potent Jays lineup (and Rogers Centre)? Great question. You can find Donaldson’s 2015 projection...
Via Baseball Professor
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Toronto Blue Jays Prospect Profile: Jeff Hoffman

The Toronto Blue Jays selected the Jeff Hoffman with the 9th overall selection in the 2014 amateur draft out of East Carolina University however the 6’4″ right-hander has yet to suit up professionally for the Blue Jays. Hoffman required Tommy John surgery a month before the MLB draft last year, however the Jays were not deterred. The young hurler was expected to go anywhere...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Toronto Blue Jays Prospect Profile: Roberto Osuna

The Toronto Blue Jays signed RHP Roberto Osuna for a $1.5 million signing bonus in 2011.  Osuna, the nephew of former Major Leaguer Antonio Osuna, was already pitching against men in the Mexican League by that time – at the age of 15. If not for a torn UCL suffered in March of 2013, we might be talking about Osuna in the same breath as Daniel Norris or Aaron Sanchez this...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dalton Pompey: Center Fielder of the Present?

Following the departures of free agents Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus, the Toronto Blue Jays were down two-thirds of last year’s opening day outfield. They filled one of these holes when they traded for Michael Saunders, but have opted to go the internal route in filling the other, turning to the inexperienced duo of Dalton Pompey […]
Via Fangraphs
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Toronto Blue Jays: What’s in store?

All that deterred the Kansas City Royals from shocking the universe and winning the 2014 World Series was a swing of the bat by Salvador Perez in the bottom of the 9th of Game 7. It would’ve been an exclamation to a team which went on a monstrous playoff run and hadn’t been back since winning it all in 1985. Superstar Jose Bautista is one of many consisting of an imposing Toronto...
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Projecting the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2015 starting lineup

Over the past couple weeks, I have predicted the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2015 starting rotation and bullpen. This week, we take a look at the Jays’ starting lineup, which has more stability than the bullpen but nonetheless has some questions that remain to be answered in Spring Training. Projected Starting Lineup 1. (S) Jose Reyes, SS 2. (R) Russell Martin, C 3. (R) Jose Bautista...
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Dustin McGowan Might Be A Dodger, Maybe

Next up in the “hey, I’ve heard of that guy” brigade, Dustin McGowan, apparently: Expect the Dodgers to sign free-agent reliever Dustin McGowan, who is at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. The club has not confirmed an agreement. — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 22, 2015 If you know nothing at all about McGowan — and you probably don’t — know this: Holy crap, does that...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Toronto Blue Jays’ Yeyfry Del Rosario Excellent Out Of The Bullpen

With a minor league system loaded with pitching depth, the Toronto Blue Jays are continuing their tradition of producing quality big league arms. With talent at every level, it’s a good idea to keep track of the pitchers performing with each affiliate throughout the season. The development of young pitchers is one of the main reasons for the Vancouver Canadians dominance of the...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Father-son relationship propels Blue Jays prospect

Playing catch with dad is common for many. But what if playing catch with dad helped to shape a professional baseball player into a man? For Matt Dean, a corner infielder in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, this is the case. Dean, a product of Highland Village, Texas, spent his high school years playing baseball for The Colony High School Cougars. There, his father Martin was...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Contract Extensions are Becoming Increasingly Rare

On February 17, 2011, Jose Bautista signed a five-year, $65 million extension with the Toronto Blue Jays. Bautista’s contract was one of a dozen similar extensions signed by players that Winter. From the 2008 to 2011, at least 11 players signed extensions similar to Bautista’s every winter (Extensions between end of the postseason and February […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Our next stop on our journey through the AL East takes us north of the border, where the 22-year playoff drought of Canada’s lone Major League team has supposedly been close to being erased in recent years, only to see the team fall short due to injuries, bad luck and seemingly everything in between. Now, with the signing of a hometown hero and what looks to be a wily trade by...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the Toronto Blue Jays 2015 bullpen

Last week, I made the bold prediction that Aaron Sanchez will begin the 2015 season in the Toronto Blue Jays’ starting rotation. Although in the short-term the bullpen may look better with Sanchez finishing off games (or at least being the go-to setup man), it doesn’t make sense for his long-term projection. So, with Sanchez out of the mix, how would the Jays’ bullpen look...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers and Blue Jays had ‘discussions’ about Dioner Navarro

With question marks surrounding Victor Martinez’s knee and Alex Avila’s concussions, the Tigers apparently explored the idea of trading for Toronto’s Dioner Navarro according to Jeff Blair  of Blair went as far as saying the two teams ‘had discussions’ regarding the Blue Jays catcher who now is limited to a backup role after the Jays signed Russell Martin...
Via The Majors Detroit
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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