Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Anthopoulos: Dialogue but no deal with Cabrera "Mere weeks stand between Melky Cabrera and the open market, and it looks as though the switch-hitting outfielder will reach free agency, as expected. “Clearly both sides right now can’t seem to get together for various reasons,” Alex Anthopoulos said on The Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590 The..." October 10

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    Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi

    #BlueJays say lefty Daniel Norris had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs and loose bodies in elbow this morning. Recovery is 6 weeks

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    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    Seven #BlueJays elect FA rather than outright assignment: SS Diaz, OFs Gillespie & Mastroianni, 1B Johnson, RHP Korecky, LHPs Mills & Valdes

  • MLB To Test Pace-Of-Game Initiatives In AFL

    Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01

  • Jays end 'disappointing' 2014 with loss to O's

    Toronto Sun "In case you’re wondering, there has been a run on ‘disappointing’ and ‘frustrating’ at the word market. Just try to find those adjectives anywhere and you’d be out of luck — the Blue Jays have used them all, chewed them up. In their season-ending address to the media throng Sunday, both..." September 29

  • Blue Jays pull off win over playoff-bound Orioles

    Toronto Sun "J.A. Happ made his final start of the 2014 season Saturday and, the question is, will it be the final start of his Blue Jays career? One way or the other, Happ went out a winner as the Jays downed the getting-ready-for-the-playoffs Baltimore Orioles 4-2. The Jays have control over Happ’s..." September 28

  • Dalton Pompey steals show in Blue Jays win over Orioles

    Toronto Star "When Dalton Pompey first arrived with the Blue Jays earlier this month as a September call-up, he was a nice story. A local boy, just the sixth Ontarian to ever play for the Jays, he had risen three levels of the organization’s minor-league system in a matter of months. Just a few years ago, he..." September 27

  • ‘Really close’ Blue Jays not trading Bautista, Encarnacion, GM says: Arthur

    Toronto Star "When Alex Anthopoulos first became a general manager, Oakland’s Billy Beane gave him some advice: You will never be able to stop. There will always be something to do, something else, and you will never get caught up enough in any one thing to stop and take a deep breath. It didn’t quite..." September 26

  • Mariners end losing streak, beat Blue Jays 7-5 to keep slim playoff hopes alive

    Seattle Times "They can dare to dream for at least one more day. The Mariners staved off elimination from playoff consideration with a 7-5 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday, in their final regular-season road game. It snapped a five-game losing streak while keeping them mathematically alive for one of the..." September 26

  • Infield defence a big concern for Blue Jays

    Toronto Sun "With Brett Lawrie destined to miss 92 of 162 games, Toronto's inner defence suffered dramatically. Lawrie was absent from nearly 60% of his team's games and it showed. His range at third base provided a comfort zone for shortstop Jose Reyes, whose range has shrunk. Whatever the reasons,..." September 25

  • Mark Buehrle makes history in Blue Jays win over Seattle

    Toronto Star "While everyone else was counting down the innings on Wednesday night, Mark Buehrle had a different record in mind. “I was trying to go for the old record of quickest game,” he quipped. The veteran lefty wrapped up his season in vintage fashion on Wednesday, as the fastest-working pitcher in..." September 25

  • Blue Jays mathematically eliminated from postseason contention

    SB Nation "One of the longest postseason droughts in baseball will continue for another year, with the Toronto Blue Jays officially eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday. Toronto beat Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners, 10-2, but with the Kansas City Royals' (86-71) 7-1 win over Cleveland the..." September 24

  • Dalton Pompey impresses again as Blue Jays win in convincing fashion

    Toronto Sun "Dalton Pompey’s excellent September adventure with the Blue Jays was supposed to be a time of orientation, a chance to taste the flavour of baseball played at the highest level. Who knew the flavour of the month would be Pompey himself? After going 2-for-5 with a superb diving catch in the..." September 24

  • Blue Jays manager John Gibbons likely back for 2015

    Toronto Sun "The morning line on John Gibbons: If Alex Anthopoulos is back as general manager of the Blue Jays then Gibbons will return as manager next season. That may not be the right call or one that will appease fans in any way but it’s the call that is almost certainly to be made. The only way..." September 23

  • Bautista leads Jays over Yankees in colourful affair

    Toronto Star "For Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista, the popular and supposedly figurative description of Yankee Stadium as the Bronx Zoo became a scary reality on Saturday. It was late in the Jays’ 6-3 victory, triggered largely by Bautista’s heroics, when what he believed was playful interaction with..." September 21

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    John Lott @LottOnBaseball

    Stroman suspension dropped from six to five games. Will start serving it today.

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    Barry Davis @SNBarryDavis

    MRI on Encarnacion shows mild inflammation. Meanwhile, Lind's back has locked up and likely won't be available today. #bluejays

  • Shawn Kelley ‘disrespected’ by Jose Bautista home run celebration

    New York Post "Another opponent has broken another one of the Yankees’ unwritten rules. Leading the Blue Jays 2-0 on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, reliever Shawn Kelley surrendered a two-out, two-strike, game-tying home run to Jose Bautista, prompting the slugger to slam his bat and unleash a slew of..." September 20

  • Steve Pearce hits two home runs as Orioles sweep Blue Jays with 6-1 win

    Baltimore Sun "The sweet smell of celebration -- an odorous combination of champagne and beer -- still lingered inside the home clubhouse of Camden Yards one day after the Orioles wrapped up the American League East title. Backed by a two-homer game from Steve Pearce, there was no hangover Wednesday night as..." September 18

  • Colby Rasmus opens up about Jays tenure, future, past "Before Tuesday's middle game at Oriole Park, sat down with Colby Rasmus for a discussion about his season, what's gone wrong and what lies ahead beyond his days in Toronto. Much has been said and written about Rasmus, including in this space, and this was an opportunity for Rasmus to..." September 18

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Six-game suspension for Marcus Stroman for throwing a pitch near Caleb Joseph's noggin. #bluejays #orioles

  • With 8-2 win Tuesday, Orioles clinch first American League East title since 1997

    Baltimore Sun "After the Orioles drained bottles of champagne inside the home clubhouse of Camden Yards, leaving behind not a dry spot in a room littered with corks and empty beer bottles, they ran toward the dugout for a postgame party that Baltimore had long awaited. They celebrated their first American..." September 17

  • MLB Suspends Jays' Stroman Six Games; Appeal Launched "Toronto Blue Jays rookie pitcher Marcus Stroman was suspended for six games on Wednesday by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at the head of Caleb Joseph in a game against the Baltimore Orioles Monday night." September 17

  • Blue Jays plan to extend qualifying offer to Melky, hope to keep him "Melky Cabrera can double his salary if he desires. The Blue Jays have decided to extend him a qualifying offer, which is expected to be in the range of $15 million to $16 million this winter. That would almost precisely double his salary, as Cabrera signed a $16 million, two-year deal with..." September 16

  • Marcus Stroman should be suspended for throwing at Caleb Joseph’s head

    Hardball Talk "Last night’s Orioles-Jays game featured some seriously stupid and bush league garbage from Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman. The video below lays it all out, but basically Stroman threw a ball behind the head of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph. Why? Apparently because Joseph inadvertently — and it..." September 16

  • MLB to review Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman's pitch at Caleb Joseph's head

    Baltimore Sun "Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman’s pitch near the head of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph will be reviewed today by Major League Baseball for possible discipline. In the sixth inning of the Orioles’ 5-2 win over the Blue Jays, Stroman threw a 92-mph fastball toward Joseph’s head that he ducked..." September 16

  • Rays bounce back after blowing lead, beat Blue Jays

    Tampa Bay Times "Nothing comes easy for the Rays these days. Certainly not Sunday's 6-5, 10-inning win over the Blue Jays. Before exhaling and high-fiving their way off the field, the Rays blew another four-run lead late, with Grant Balfour and Jake McGee giving up home runs; scored only once after loading..." September 15

  • Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion power Blue Jays past Rays

    Toronto Sun "Adam Lind has spent a lot of time this season celebrating other people’s home runs. Most often, it’s been Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion getting all the love in the dugout after another baseball leaves the yard. On Saturday, Lind found himself on the receiving end. With nearly three..." September 14

  • Rookie Karns dazzles in Rays debut, shuts out Jays

    Tampa Tribune "Nathan Karns could have been in Durham, N.C., on Friday, pitching the Bulls to a Triple A title. Instead, he was in Canada pitching in a meaningless game for a team going nowhere. Karns could have showered in champagne had everything gone right with the Durham Bulls. Instead, he was doused with..." September 13

  • Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar stakes claim for 2015

    Toronto Star "Kevin Pillar may have had an unfortunate slip of the tongue with the Jays this season, but he’s making a case for regular playing time in centre field in 2015. Pillar has made headlines all week long, hitting .500 over the last five games. In the bigger picture, he and Anthony Gose have become..." September 12

  • Jays trounce Cubs, win 4th straight and 9 of last 11

    Toronto Sun "Another night, another powerful pitching performance, another fun-filled day at the plate. Whatever the Blue Jays starters are drinking these days, it’s working. Thanks to a gem of an outing from Drew Hutchison, the Jays made it three in a row over the Cubs from Chicago. On Monday, Marcus..." September 11

  • Bautista, Stroman lead Blue Jays to convincing win over Cubs

    Toronto Sun "If the Blue Jays are in a playoff hunt, it’s news to the good citizens of Hogtown. Perhaps enticed by the first Monday Night Football NFL extravaganza, most sports fans in these parts stayed glued to their couch. Instead of a rabid, full-house throng cheering on the troops, to say nothing of..." September 09

  • Jays wrap Boston series with 3-1 victory

    Toronto Sun "One step forward, two steps back. That defines the Blue Jays’ weekend at Fenway Park but it also represents the trajectory of their season. The Blue Jays got back in the win column Sunday with a 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox but the sting of two one-run losses Friday and Saturday..." September 08

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    Ben Nicholson-Smith @bnicholsonsmith

    #BlueJays announce Melky Cabrera (fractured finger) & Chad Jenkins (right hand fracture) had successful surgery this morning.

  • Another Strong Start For Buchholz Carries Sox Over Jays

    Boston Globe "Clay Buchholz turned in another strong performance as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 4-3 at Fenway Park Saturday night. Buchholz went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts and a hit batter. He earned the win, improving to 7-8 and lowering his ERA..." September 07

  • Melky Cabrera wants to play for the Blue Jays in 2015

    Hardball Talk "Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera suffered a broken pinkie finger last night diving back into first base. He’ll undergo season-ending surgery, which understandably has the 10-year veteran thinking about next season. The Jays can extend a $14.1 million qualifying offer to Cabrera, and if he..." September 07

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    Brendan Kennedy @BKennedyStar

    Melky Cabrera's season is over. He broke his pinky finger with "an evulsion of the extensor tendon." Season-ending surgery next week.

  • Cespedes Delivers Red Sox Win in 10th over Jays

    Boston Globe "Yoenis Cespedes delivered the Red Sox 9-8 walk-off win Friday night against the Blue Jays with a bases-loaded drive to deep center off Toronto closer Case Janssen. The Sox scored three runs in the 10th for the win, snapping the Jays six-game win streak at Fenway Park this season, and snapping..." September 06

  • Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow expects to start in 2015

    Toronto Sun "While Brandon Morrow is looking to make a contribution to the Blue Jays' effort by working out of the bullpen this final month of the season, he expects to be a starting pitcher next year. Morrow's recovery from a torn tendon sheath on the index finger of his pitching hand was not healed in..." September 04

  • Blue Jays finally break Rays curse at Tropicana Field

    Toronto Sun "The last time the Blue Jays won a series at Tropicana Field, Vernon Wells and Reed Johnson each hit a home run in a series-clinching 6-3 win. Roy Halladay pitched seven innings and Casey Janssen worked the final two for his first career save. On that day, Marcus Stroman was a 16-year-old..." September 04

  • Blue Jays’ Colby Rasmus says he has been benched in favour of ‘rookies’

    National Post "Colby Rasmus has been benched. The signs started last week, when he missed a couple of games with an alleged illness. And on Tuesday, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called Rasmus into his office and made it official. “I’ll be playing whenever they think I should play and I’m just..." September 03

  • No. 1 prospect Norris, eight others joining Blue Jays "The Blue Jays made a series of moves to expand their roster on Tuesday, recalling the club's No. 1 prospect -- lefty Daniel Norris -- from Triple-A Buffalo and reinstating first baseman Dan Johnson and right-hander Brandon Morrow from the disabled list. In addition to those three moves, the..." September 02

  • Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie to miss rest of the season

    Toronto Star "It was always unlikely that Brett Lawrie would return from his oblique injury before the end of the season, but the Blue Jays confirmed he wouldn’t Tuesday when they transferred the 24-year-old infielder to the 60-day disabled list. The move was necessitated in order to clear room on the 40-man..." September 02

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    Ben Nicholson-Smith @bnicholsonsmith

    #BlueJays designate right-handed reliever Neil Wagner for assignment per industry source.

  • Top prospect Norris gets September call-up "Daniel Norris is the latest Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect to graduate to the big-leagues this season after becoming one of the club’s September call-ups, multiple industry sources told Sportsnet. The promotion caps a season of rapid progress for the 21-year-old, who began the campaign at..." September 01

  • Blue Jays add John Mayberry Jr. from Phillies

    Toronto Star "The Philadelphia Phillies have traded outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league infielder Gustavo Pierre. The Blue Jays, on the outskirts of the AL wild-card race, announced the deal Sunday night. Mayberry would be eligible for the post-season if Toronto reaches the..." September 01

  • Girardi criticizes Rogers Centre’s facilities "Yankees manager Joe Girardi is not impressed with the facilities at Rogers Centre. Girardi criticized the visiting clubhouse’s weight room on Sunday when asked about the physical rehabilitation program of starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka made the trip to Toronto for New York’s..." September 01

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    Mark Feinsand @FeinsandNYDN

    Here are details of the trip the Blue Jays gave Jeter:

  • Blue Jays young guns Hutchison, Sanchez shut down Yankees

    Toronto Star "As 22-year-old Aaron Sanchez painted the outside corner for a called third strike against 40-year-old Derek Jeter to end the eighth, there, out in the bullpen, Blue Jays’ closer Casey Janssen popped to his feet to prepare for another ninth inning save opportunity in an eventual 2-0 win over the..." August 31

  • Troublesome Ellsbury news puts damper on Yanks’ win over Blue Jays

    New York Post "There is a price for everything in life and the Yankees may have paid a big one Friday night. Shortly after a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays in front of 43,318 at Rogers Centre, the sight of Jacoby Ellsbury entering the clubhouse dragging a tender left ankle removed some of the steam from a victory..." August 30