Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Blue Jays appear focused on rebuilding lineup as winter meetings loom

    Sportsnet "The biggest question of the off-season removed with a new collective bargaining agreement reached, the Toronto Blue Jays shifted gears Thursday to the looming winter meetings, and getting on with the business of a stunted off-season. Kendrys Morales is their only impact add so far, and holes in..." December 03

  • Hanley won't recruit Encarnacion, Bautista while vacationing

    Boston Herald "Hanley Ramirez's first choice seems to be no choice. Or he's just being shy. The Red Sox first baseman said here Friday afternoon that he didn't care whether he plays first base or is the designated hitter in 2017. "Why you got to come up with that? I don’t care," Ramirez said. "I just want..." December 03

  • Blue Jays’ Stroman plans to pitch in World Baseball Classic

    Sportsnet "Marcus Stroman plans to pitch in the World Baseball Classic next spring although he’s not saying which country he intends to represent. The Toronto Blue Jays right-hander made the revelation while speaking with reporters Friday at the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic in the Dominican..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Blue Jays interested in Dexter Fowler, Jay Bruce

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays, knowing they may end up losing right fielder Jose Bautista this winter, are showing a strong interest in free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler, sources tell FanRag Sports. Fowler became a free agent this winter after, like Bautista, turning down a one-year, $17.2..." November 30

  • The Blue Jays are still making big offseason plans

    CBS Sports "The Blue Jays are in a tricky spot this winter. On the one hand, they've made back-t0-back playoff appearances and have a strong rotation paired with an MVP-caliber cornerstone in Josh Donaldson. On the other hand, they're faced with significant free-agent losses. Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • Source: Red Sox ‘probably’ not going to be finalist for Edwin Encarnacion

    WEEI Boston "It was trending this way for the last month, but now it looks like there will be some certainty very soon. According to a major league source, the Red Sox are “probably” not going to be a finalist for the services of free agent first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion’s..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Report: Blue Jays “making a push” for Jay Bruce

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Blue Jays are among several teams making a push for Mets outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mets signed free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday afternoon, giving them four starting-caliber outfielders for three positions. Bruce, no surprise, is expected to be..." November 29

  • Encarnacion's agent says Jays 'showing Edwin the most love'

    TSN "Edwin Encarnacion’s agent says the Toronto Blue Jays free-agent first baseman will probably sign a contract later this week or early next week, and that the Blue Jays are “showing Edwin the most love.” Paul Kinzer told TSN in an interview Tuesday that three teams have told him that they’re..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • Bobby Meacham to manage Blue Jays’ triple-A Buffalo affiliate in 2017

    Sportsnet "Bobby Meacham will manage the Toronto Blue Jays’ top affiliate in 2017, replacing Gary Allenson as the field boss for the Buffalo Bisons. Meacham, a former infielder for the New York Yankees, spent the past three seasons managing Toronto’s double-A New Hampshire affiliate. The 56-year-old..." November 28

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Red Sox, Yankees among teams still discussing Encarnacion

    Mass Live "Boston Globe national baseball reporter Nick Cafardo wrote in his Sunday notes column that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are among multiple teams interested in free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Cafardo noted: There's "a healthy amount" of interest in the slugger, according to..." November 28

  • 5 reasons Edwin's big bat is in high demand "Edwin Encarnacion is the most powerful bat on the free-agent market this offseason, and his consistent slugging in Toronto the past five years is sure to have multiple teams calling. Encarnacion, who helped lead the Blue Jays to a second consecutive American League Championship Series..." November 27

  • Blue Jays should spend in free agency, protect depth

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays should make a priority of putting their payroll to work this off-season and look to fill positions of need by spending in free agency or taking on contracts, says FOX Sports and MLB insider Jon Morosi. Morosi joined Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Thursday..." November 24

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Five MLB teams that may look far different very soon

    USA Today "Even before the turkey’s in the oven, several teams have hinted at an offseason reshuffling that might significantly change their roster composition for next year. USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz examines five clubs that could be on the verge of a remake and in which direction they’re..." November 22

  • Chris Colabello to play for Team Italy at World Baseball Classic

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello will suit up for Team Italy at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according to Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell. The 33-year-old played just 10 games for the Blue Jays this season before he was handed a lengthy suspension by Major League Baseball. The..." November 22

  • Blue Jays bid $80 million for Encarnacion, remain interested

    Fanrag Sports "The Jays offered their own star free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion about $80 million over four years, according to sources, and they remain interested in retaining Encarnacion even after signing free agent hitter Kendrys Morales. The Jays didn’t entice Encarnacion to make a quick decision to..." November 21

  • Blue Jays showing interest in free agent left-hander Jerry Blevins

    MLB Trade Rumors "After seeing Brett Cecil agree to a surprising four-year, $30.5MM contract with the Cardinals over the weekend, the Blue Jays are turning their focus to other free-agent lefties and have interest in Jerry Blevins, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (Twitter link). Toronto had reportedly..." November 21

  • Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman raps on new Mike Stud song

    Sportsnet "When Marcus Stroman isn’t throwing heat, he’s spitting hot fire. The Toronto Blue Jays right-hander has once again linked up with American hip-hop artist Mike Stud to drop some bars on his latest single “Shine,” which opens with a baseball reference. In them lights I hit the switch 50,000..." November 21

  • Blue Jays’ Travis undergoes surgery on right knee

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays expect Devon Travis to be at full strength for spring training after undergoing surgery to remove a small flap of cartilage that was caught in his right knee joint. The injury occurred during the 2016 ALCS, when Travis attempted to play through a bone bruise that had been..." November 19

  • Blue Jays add three prospects to 40-man roster

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays added three prospects to their 40-man roster Friday before the deadline for protecting players from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft: outfielder Anthony Alford, shortstop Richard Urena and left-hander Ryan Borucki. The 22-year-old Alford entered the 2016 season ranked 25th among..." November 19

  • Blue Jays claim right-handers Campos, Leone off waivers

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have added a pair of arms and some organizational depth with the acquisitions of right-handers Leonel Campos and Dominic Leone. Campos spent the last four seasons bouncing between San Diego Padres affiliates, making his MLB debut in 2014. The 29-year-old pitched 22 innings..." November 19

  • Cardinals agree to 4-year deal with Brett Cecil

    TSN "Brett Cecil is sticking with the birds, but of a different feather. The former Toronto Blue Jays left-handed reliever has signed a four-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, reports Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. The deal could be in excess of $30 million and is pending a physical. The..." November 19

  • Jays keep door open for Bautista, Encarnacion, Saunders

    Toronto Star "Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins denied on Friday that the signing of designated hitter Kendrys Morales spells the end of the club’s interest in free-agents Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. The Morales signing — three years, $33 million — was officially announced on the day that all..." November 19

  • RA Dickey adopting ‘Little Ugly’ nickname to go with Bartolo Colon’s ‘Big Sexy’

    Larry Brown Sports "Like Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey is a veteran quadragenarian right-hander who signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves this offseason. And now he has the nickname to rival Colon’s as well. Dickey announced on Friday that he’s adopting a new moniker to go with Colon’s renowned “Big Sexy”..." November 19

  • Blue Jays GM: Morales deal doesn't eliminate re-signing Edwin

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays had long admired Kendrys Morales from afar, so when the chance to sign him presented itself early in the off-season, they moved quickly. Impressed by Morales’ long track record of offensive consistency and intrigued by his potential in a hitter-friendly park, GM Ross..." November 19

  • Blue Jays reportedly looking at Dexter Fowler, Adam Eaton

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays have a couple of targets in mind as they aim to strengthen the top of their order. According to a report by Jon Morosi of MLB Network on Friday, the Blue Jays are looking at lefty-hitting leadoff men with good on-base percentages, including Chicago Cubs free agent..." November 18

  • Dickey grew up listening to Braves on transistor radio "At 42 years old, R.A. Dickey is not a young player. In fact, he'll be the third oldest in the league -- after fellow elder statesmen Bartolo Colon and Ichiro Suzuki -- when he takes the mound for the Braves in 2017. Talking about joining the team for his 15th MLB season on Friday, Dickey showed..." November 18

  • Encarnacion’s agent: ‘Door still open’ for return to Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion may have hit a snag in contract negotiations, but a return to the team still seems to be possible for the slugger. In an appearance on Tim & Sid Thursday, Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, said he and Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins are still..." November 18

  • Can the Blue Jays replace Jose Bautista in a cost-efficient way?

    Fanrag Sports "The not-so-suspenseful wait ended earlier this week, as Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion rejected their $17.2 million qualifying offers and are officially on the market. The team has already found at least a partial replacement for Encarnacion by signing Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33..." November 18

  • Yankees looking seriously at Encarnacion, Beltran

    Fanrag Sports "With Brian McCann off the books, the New York Yankees are seriously looking at top DHs now, including Carlos Beltran and Edwin Encarnacion, among others, sources say. Beltran is a guy they are familiar with and like very much, and it wouldn’t be a shock if the Yankees bring him back. Beltran, a..." November 18

  • Blue Jays showing interest in Sean Rodriguez

    Sportsnet "The versatile and hard-hitting Sean Rodriguez is emerging as a possible fit for the Toronto Blue Jays. Much like Steve Pearce, another free agent the Blue Jays have looked into, Rodriguez is a right-handed hitter who can serve as a complement to Justin Smoak at first base and in the outfield. " November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Source: Carlos Beltran’s decision may be coming down to Red Sox, 3 other teams

    WEEI Boston "It appears the Red Sox have some familiar competition for Carlos Beltran’s services. According to a source familiar with the negotations, four teams have currently shown the most interest in the 39-year-old outfielder/designated hitter — the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. The Rangers,..." November 16

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Bautista and Encarnacion reject qualifying offers from Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have rejected qualifying offers from the Toronto Blue Jays. They had one week to decide whether to accept or decline the one-year offer worth US$17.2 million. When a player declines a qualifying offer and signs elsewhere as a free agent, his former..." November 14

  • Blue Jays make 3-year offer to Cecil

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have offered a three-year contract to free agent reliever Brett Cecil, according to Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell. Cecil posted a 3.93 ERA over 54 appearances and 36.2 innings pitched in 2016. A left triceps strain forced him to miss six weeks beginning in mid-May, and his..." November 14

  • Hellickson, Walker on bubble; Bautista will reject qualifying offer

    Fanrag Sports "Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and second baseman Neil Walker are viewed as the two free agents seen as real possibilities to accept the $17.2 million qualifying offer as the deadline looms late Monday afternoon. There is no certainty they will accept but it remains a possibility. Hellickson was..." November 14

  • Red Sox not in on Edwin Encarnacion?

    WEEI Boston "He was the guy David Ortiz endorsed to be his heir apparent. He was the free agent most everybody was quick to suggest would be the Red Sox' chief offseason target. Yet, 1 1/2 weeks into the offseason, Edwin Encarnacion seems to live on the distant outskirts of Dave Dombrowski's..." November 14

  • Market for Bautista likely to be wide open "Jose Bautista has been one of the best power hitters in the American League for years, and one of the faces of the Blue Jays alongside Edwin Encarnacion. This offseason, other teams finally have a chance to make a run at him. The 36-year-old Bautista, even coming off a down year in 2016 in..." November 13

  • Toronto Blue Jays exploring Jay Bruce trade. Again.

    Inquisitr "The Blue Jays have revisited a target from last offseason as the team has discussed a deal for outfielder Jay Bruce, ESPN’s Jim Bowden told MLB Network Radio on Sunday. Sluggers Jose Bautista, 36, and Edwin Encarnacion, 33, are on the free agent market and expected to sign elsewhere. Therefore,..." November 13

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