BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Brett Cecil returns to Jays, and to a late-inning role

Lefty reliever believes bullpen will help Toronto challenge for the post-season.
Via Toronto Star
1 hour ago

Blue Jays president/CEO Mark Shapiro pulling for Indians - just not this week

TORONTO -- Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins will have a chance to see the results of their hard work over the past few years.Their former team, the Cleveland Indians, will be riding a 12-game winning streak when it visits the Rogers Centre for a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays that starts Thursday.Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on SportsTime OhioShapiro, the Blue Jays president...
Via Fox Sports
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Sanchez stellar as Blue Jays beat Rockies in rubber match

The Jays’ 23-year-old right-hander went eight strong, allowing just one run, to lead the Jays to victory in Colorado on Wednesday.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Blue Jays Prospect Colton Turner Having a Breakout Season After Stint in Australia

One of the most unique experiences in minor league baseball is the opportunity for prospects to take part in the Australian Baseball League during the winter months. What makes this experience memorable is it presents a chance for the player to work with different coaches and teammates, all the while taking in a different culture and making memories that will last a lifetime. Experiencing...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brett Cecil expected to rejoin Blue Jays on Monday

The Jays have sold out their fourth straight Canada Day game.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

WATCH: Semi-serious Biagini appreciative of heavy workload

Hazel Mae caught up with a semi-serious Joe Biagini, who has shown a bit of fatigue lately, but is very appreciative of the trust and high-leverage workload he's been given.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Artificial Turf Wars Ep. 18: Hazel Eyes on the Blue Jays

Hazel Mae of Sportsnet stops by the podcast to discuss Troy Tulowitzki’s return to Colorado, the difference between her broadcast work in the USA and Canada, and the preparation involved with on-field interviews. Then Greg, Josh, and guest host Nick Dika discuss the latest Aaron Sanchez news, Marcus Stroman’s adjustments, Devon Travis’ offensive surge, the injury to Gavin Floyd...
Via BP Toronto
1 day ago

Coors Field basically turned into a lake

An ugly storm swept through Denver on Tuesday night, and the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field got hit hard by it. Making matters worse, it’s a Rockies game night against the Toronto Blue Jays. The storm included heavy rain and hail, and the hail left the outfield looking like it just got hit by a snowstorm: Rain / hail delay at Coors Field. Where does the tarp end and the hail...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ross Atkins Talks About the Blue Jays’ Plans with Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman

If you thought Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman might be two internal cures for the Blue Jays’ bullpen woes … think again. With two impact arms in the starting rotation and a clear need for bullpen help, the Jays’ relief solution appeared to be right under their nose. However, not only does Marcus Stroman not look like a viable option in the bullpen for the Blue Jays, surprisingly...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
1 day ago

Toronto Blue Jays’ Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Returns to Colorado

On Monday night in Denver, Colorado, Toronto Blue Jays’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki stepped into the batters box in the top of the first inning – a box he stepped into for 9 1/2 season as a member of the Rockies. This time, dawning a gray uniform with “Toronto” written across the front, “Tulo” tipped his hat to the applauding Denver faithful before his first at-bat at Coors...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gonzalez homers as Rockies rally past Blue Jays 9-5

DENVER (AP) Carlos Gonzalez homered, Jon Gray tossed seven solid innings and the Rockies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Monday night to spoil Troy Tulowitzki's return to Colorado. Tulowitzki went 0 for 4 in his first game at Coors Field since Toronto acquired him from the Rockies last July 27. He received a standing ovation when he batted in the second inning. He stepped out...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Tulowitzki returns to Colorado with Blue Jays

A look at what's happening all around the majors on Monday: --- HOMECOMING Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki makes his first appearance at Coors Field since he was traded from the Rockies to the Blue Jays last July. Tulowitzki, who helped Colorado make it to the 2007 World Series as a rookie, asked to be shipped to a contender, so his return likely will draw a mix of cheers and...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays place pitcher Gavin Floyd on 15-day DL

CHICAGO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have placed right-handed reliever Gavin Floyd on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tightness and recalled righty Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo. Floyd left after facing two batters in the sixth inning of Toronto's 10-8 win over the White Sox on Saturday and was scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday. Floyd is 2-4 with a 4.06 ERA in 28 games...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

BP Toronto: The Marcus Stroman Demotion Discussion by Dave Church

The Blue Jays` `ace` has been horrible. Is it time for something drastic?
Via Baseball Prospectus
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Mediocrity Wasn’t Ricciardi’s Fault

Toronto Blue Jays fans adore Edwin Encarnacion’s “Edwing”, and undoubtedly will never let go of the  Bautista bat-flip heard around the world. Two players acquired an executive who is loathed so strongly, fans and journalists alike will not even accredit the acquisitions of the aforementioned players to the rightful owner. The decision maker was J.P. Ricciardi, and the purpose...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Keri: Saunders’ free agent stock more compelling than Bautista

MLB writer Jonah Keri discusses what he believes a declining Jose Bautista could get on the open market, and says Michael Saunders’ stock in free agency is more compelling and hard to predict.
Via SportsNetCanada
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to begin pro career with Bluefield

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the son of nine-time All-Star Vladimir Guerrero, will make his U.S. professional debut tomorrow for the Bluefield Blue Jays, a rookie-advanced minor league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Rated as the top international prospect by Baseball America, the 17-year-old Dominican outfielder inked a deal with the Blue Jays last summer. Toronto traded a pair of...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pillar developed high threshold for pain as a kid

Kevin Pillar explains to Barry Davis his threshold for pain, and why he always sacrifices his body to make each and every play.
Via SportsNetCanada
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar looks like he tries to go through the wall on this ridiculous catch

The spectacular has become somewhat routine for Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar. Tuesday night, the fearless Pillar added to his highlight reel.In the top of the fourth inning, Pillar robbed Peter O'Brien of extra bases. Pillar raced back to the wall and leaped to make a backhanded catch right before crashing into the wall.The effort earned a tip of the cap from Jays...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista expected to miss at least two weeks with turf toe

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista has been diagnosed with turf toe on his left foot and is expected to be out for at least two more weeks, manager John Gibbons told reporters Tuesday.Bautista was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday after crashing into the right-field wall in Philadelphia trying to chase down a fly ball. The Jays outfielder will rehab in Florida, and be...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Saunders Has Been the Blue Jays’ Best Hitter

Josh Donaldson is a superstar. There’s not really any agreed-upon definition of what a superstar is or isn’t, but there are certain obvious candidates, and Donaldson is among them. He hasn’t been the Blue Jays’ best hitter. Jose Bautista is probably also a superstar. He’s aging, sure, but he’s terrifying. He hasn’t been the Blue Jays’ best hitter, either. Edwin Encarnacion...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson’s Other Amazing Skill

Josh Donaldson is a remarkable player. You probably already knew that, given that he’s the reigning AL MVP. But when you think of Josh Donaldson, you probably think of him crushing a baseball, as he’s turned himself into one of the best hitters in baseball. Or maybe you think of him making an amazing play in the field, as he’s also one of the best defensive third baseman in...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jays' Michael Saunders slugs three home runs versus Orioles

The Toronto Blue Jays are loaded with power. It’s not a tremendous surprise that one of their hitters went deep three times in a single game. But the name of that hitter is somewhat unexpected. Michael Saunders recorded the baseball ‘hat trick’ — connecting on a trio of home runs and totaling a career-high eight runs batted in as the Blue Jays crushed the Baltimore Orioles...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista lands on disabled list after jamming toe on outfield wall

All-Star slugger Jose Bautista was in the middle of another standout campaign for the Toronto Blue Jays, but then he ran into a wall. Literally. The Blue Jays placed Bautista on the 15-day disabled list with a big toe strain, they announced on Friday. Jose Bautista has been placed on 15-day DL due to a big toe strain. https://t.co/2iFAx4VsGH pic.twitter.com/ftosk20u7d —...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s Watch Kevin Pillar Play Defense

A good way to get smart people to mock you on the internet is to make a big deal about small sample defensive metrics. There are actually a lot things for which people on the internet will mock you, but that’s definitely one of them. For instance, imagine someone told you that Kevin Pillar is the best defender in baseball because his 2016 UZR/150 is 41.3! That assertion would...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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