Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Jays sign Josh Donaldson to two-year deal

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays steered clear of a potentially ugly confrontation with star third baseman Josh Donaldson, inking him to a two-year deal Monday night worth about $29-million and avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for next Monday. The signing was first reported on Twitter by Sportsnet. The..." February 09

  • Marcus Stroman's vision for life beyond baseball: 'I want a lane in everything'

    USA Today "You look into Marcus Stroman’s brown eyes, see that powerful energy, feel his passion, and suddenly realize how deftly he can fit a lifetime worth of experiences into less than a one-year span. Spend just a few moments with the 24-year-old and you understand his zeal to become baseball’s finest..." February 09

  • Halladay proud he 'played the game the right way'

    Tampa Bay Times "Roy Halladay was thrilled along with the other honorees at Saturday's Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame induction, more so since he was a pitcher. And he showed he still had his fastball, explaining why he spoke out on Twitter last month against Hall of Fame candidates Roger Clemens and Barry..." February 07

  • Blue Jays add former manager Wedge to front office

    The Score "Another familiar face who gained notoriety with the Cleveland Indians organization is joining the Toronto Blue Jays. Former Indians and Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge has been hired by the Blue Jays as a player development advisor." February 07

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    Gregor Chisholm @gregorMLB

    #BlueJays officially hire former Major League manager Eric Wedge as a player development advisor.

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    gavin Floyd deal with jays is MLB deal for $1M, plus $1M in incentives based on days on active roster

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case with the #BlueJays and will make $4 million this season.

  • Blue Jays add to rotation depth by signing Gavin Floyd

    CBS Sports "The Blue Jays on Saturday announced that they've signed veteran right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract that will pay him $1 million for 2016 with the opportunity for additional incentives. Floyd, 33, has worked a total of just 92 innings over the last three seasons because of elbow..." February 06

  • Jays to explore extensions for Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion

    ESPN "Jose Bautista wants to play his entire career for the Toronto Blue Jays, and the team intends to explore an extension that could make that happen once both sides arrive in spring training later this month, sources told ESPN on Friday. Bautista, 35, told the Canadian Press on Thursday that he..." February 06

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Date of Donaldson’s arbitration hearing with #BlueJays is Feb. 15. Ten days left for sides to reach multi-yr deal and avoid hearing.

  • Mark Shapiro tasked with winning over weary Jays fans

    Vice Sports "Many Blue Jays fans are still trying to figure out how they should feel about this year's team. The 2015 Jays took them on an exhilarating ride for two-and-a-half magical months. It was so new, and so much fun, that they ached to keep the magic alive in the offseason. David Price is gone? So..." February 05

  • Josh Donaldson arbitration hearing set

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays arbitration hearing with MVP third baseman Josh Donaldson is set for Feb. 15, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, giving the two sides 10 days to agree on a multi-year deal. If Donaldson and the Jays can't get a deal done by Feb. 15, then they will have to face an..." February 05

  • Blue Jays reach agreement on deal with RHP Gavin Floyd

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays continue to build up their pitching depth, reaching agreement on a contract with right-hander Gavin Floyd, according to industry sources. Specific details of the pending deal weren’t immediately known, but it reconnects Floyd – who threw 13.1 innings over seven relief..." February 05

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    Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi

    First fan question to Ross Atkins on extending JD: "We want him here as long as humanly possible. ... We're going to do everything we can."

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • How much should the Blue Jays spend to keep Bautista?

    The Score "Talk of Jose Bautista's future with the Toronto Blue Jays has stretched beyond the Canadian border of late. Struck at a recent "Pitch Talks" by impassioned pleas (from fans and local writers alike) for the club to retain the 35-year-old superstar beyond 2016, Ken Rosenthal has since invited an..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Blue Jays to switch to dirt infield for 2016 season

    Vice Sports "On the bare concrete floor of the Rogers Centre in Toronto, broken orange lines form a map to guide workers with jackhammers. When their dig is done and the rubble is hauled away, the gaping scar on the surface will look familiar to baseball fans. It will be a mold of sorts, 12 inches deep and..." February 03

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Mark Buehrle: Not planning to sign, but not officially retiring. Leaving the door open for possible comeback down the road.

  • Blue Jays' Gibbons noncommittal on naming closer

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons believes creating competition for roles this spring will breed the best results. While most of the roster returns from last season's American League East division winning side, Gibbons is still left with many decisions when the team reports to Dunedin,..." February 02

  • Donaldson ditches 'In the Air Tonight' as walkup song

    The Score "Despite earning the American League MVP award in 2015 with Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" blaring through the speakers each time he stepped to the plate at Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson will have a new walkup song in 2016. Donaldson, who announced the..." February 02

  • Mets trade Darrell Ceciliani to Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets have traded outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations, the team announced Tuesday. The Mets had designated Ceciliani for assignment last week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Yoenis Cespedes. " February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Storen best suited for closer's role

    MLB.com "The Blue Jays have several intriguing roster decisions to make when Spring Training gets under way later this month, but perhaps the most interesting one of all will take place at the back end of the bullpen. The Blue Jays' roster from last season has remained mostly intact, but one of the..." February 01

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Blue Jays' new execs still getting to know Bautista, Encarnacion

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is trying to familiarize himself with his new surroundings before jumping into the deep end. The first-time GM's been on the job for under two months. He and team president Mark Shapiro are looking to get acquainted with soon-to-be free-agent..." January 30

  • Donaldson credits Zito for helping him win AL MVP

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson credits an encounter with Barry Zito three years ago for guiding him down the path to becoming American League MVP. The former Oakland Athletics third baseman accepted the award Jan. 23, and recalled a time when he noticed the former San Francisco Giants..." January 29

  • Blue Jays sign infielder Maicer Izturis to minor-league deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays signed infielder Maicer Izturis to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, the club announced Friday. Izturis, 35, spent the last three seasons with the Blue Jays organization but has not appeared in a major-league game since April, 2014 while recovering..." January 29

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • After seven surgeries, ex-Blue Jay Litsch taking up coaching challenge

    Sportsnet "Jesse Litsch underwent seven surgeries in the hopes of rescuing his pitching career. When that didn’t work out, he spent a year in China coaching middle- and high-school aged players. Next up is a stint as pitching coach for Team Philippines in a February World Baseball Classic..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Are the Jays better off than they were three months ago?

    Bluebird Banter "With spring training less than a month from getting underway, the 2015-2016 offseason is winding down with most established free agent players off the board. Who knows if they've got something up their sleeve, but with the Blue Jays having struck early and near their reported payroll limit, my..." January 25

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • Source: Blue Jays drawing trade interest in Troy Tulowitzki, Kevin Pillar

    Baseball Essential "The Toronto Blue Jays have gotten trade interest in shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Kevin Pillar, a source said. The Blue Jays have listened on Tulowitzki and it’s unclear whether or not a deal is close. There was some concern at one point about whether or not Tulowitzki is fully on..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • Anthopoulos: Blue Jays are going to be 'really good' this season

    The Score "Almost three months have passed since Alex Anthopoulos turned down a five-year contract extension from the Toronto Blue Jays, and the expert prevaricator (and now deposed GM) has yet to offer an explanation for his departure beyond vague statements about Toronto no longer being "the right..." January 24

  • Blue Jays' Donaldson to make cameo in 'Vikings'

    The Score "Josh Donaldson settled into the batter's box and pillaged opposing pitching last season, so it's only fitting that the reigning American League MVP will adopt a similar role when hitting the silver screen. The History Network announced Thursday that Donaldson will make a guest appearance in a..." January 22

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Report: Cubs sign former Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Cubs have signed former Toronto Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a minor-league deal, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Kawasaki, who spent parts of the last three seasons with the Blue Jays, was a fan favourite in Toronto known for his colourful personality and dugout..." January 21

  • Heavier, stronger Sanchez eyeing Blue Jays rotation spot

    Toronto Sun "Given his talent and his pedigree, Aaron Sanchez probably doesn’t need the services of a public relations agent ... but he’s got one anyway. The Blue Jays Winter Tour stopped at the Rogers Centre on Tuesday and Marcus Stroman was there to beat the drum on behalf of his friend and teammate in..." January 20

  • Source: Antonio Bastardo’s Market Heating Up; Four Teams Interested

    Baseball Essential "The market for free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo is beginning to heat up, with the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets all interested, according to a league source. Bastardo’s market has been somewhat quiet this offseason, but with it heating up, he..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19