Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Blue Jays enter off-season weighing changes on two fronts

    Sportsnet "Think of it as operating on two fronts. As they enter another precarious off-season, Mark Shapiro’s and Ross Atkins’s to-do list is both obvious and obviously daunting. First off, they have to approach ownership, suddenly in transition at the top, and make the case for added payroll, as have..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Blue Jays not planning innings limit for Sanchez in 2017

    Sportsnet "One of the most positive storylines to emerge during the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2016 season was the breakout of Aaron Sanchez. The Blue Jays monitored his usage carefully during his first full season as a starter, but that’s not something GM Ross Atkins expects to have to do to the same extent in..." October 25

  • Blue Jays aim to avoid emotional decisions in free agency

    Sportsnet "Ross Atkins announced Monday that barring any unforeseen circumstances the Toronto Blue Jays will qualify pending free agents Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays general manager followed that up Tuesday by saying he will attempt to prevent emotions from being involved in the..." October 25

  • Atkins says Blue Jays will qualify both Bautista, Encarnacion

    Sportsnet "It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the Toronto Blue Jays will qualify both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion barring any unforeseen circumstances, the team’s general manager Ross Atkins told reporters Monday. Time will tell whether or not they accept or reject the offers. Bautista is the..." October 24

  • Atkins: Blue Jays have explored extension with John Gibbons

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have explored a contract extension with manager John Gibbons, general manager Ross Atkins told reporters Monday afternoon. Gibbons, who has managed the Blue Jays to the ALCS in two straight years, is under contract through the 2017 season. Atkins says early conversations..." October 24

  • Blue Jays plan to exercise Jason Grilli’s $3M option

    Sportsnet "Barring the unforeseen, the Toronto Blue Jays plan to exercise Jason Grilli‘s 2017 option for $3 million, general manager Ross Atkins said Monday. “As near to a no-brainer as you’ll find,” Atkins said. Grilli, who turns 40 next month, impressed in Toronto after a mid-season trade with the..." October 24

  • Saunders, Cecil hope to return to Blue Jays but it’s not that simple

    Sportsnet "Chances are the Toronto Blue Jays will look much different when they next take the field. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are hitting free agency, so it’s entirely possible that the Blue Jays lose two middle-of-the-order bats. That alone would change the team dramatically, but the Blue..." October 23

  • Morosi: Don’t think Blue Jays want Bautista back

    Sportsnet "If the Toronto Blue Jays make a qualifying offer to pending free agent Jose Bautista, they’ll probably be hoping he rejects it. This according to Jon Morosi, MLB insider at FOX Sports and contributor. Morosi joined Blundell and Co. this morning to talk about what the Blue Jays need to..." October 23

  • R.A. Dickey reflects on time with Blue Jays: ‘I’ll never forget it’

    Sportsnet "Shortly after Toronto was eliminated from the American League Championship Series, R.A. Dickey met Aaron Sanchez in the middle of the Blue Jays locker room and said goodbye. "Might not see you tomorrow," the 41-year-old knuckler said, shaking the fresh-faced ace’s hand, pulling him close. "I’ll..." October 23

  • Bautista, Encarnacion may be done with Blue Jays, here's where they could land

    CBS Sports "Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, the 2016 Blue Jays season came to an unceremonious end with a loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS (CLE 3, TOR 0). Toronto is the first team to lose the ALCS in back-to-back years since the Mariners in 2000 and 2001. "This group's come a..." October 20

  • John Gibbons Will Manage Blue Jays In 2017

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays’ 2016 season ended with disappointment tonight as the team lost 3-0 to the Indians, who will move on to the World Series after topping Toronto 4-1 in the American League Championship Series. While the offseason comes with plenty of uncertainty for Toronto — Edwin Encarnacion, Jose..." October 20

  • Indians blank Jays to book trip to World Series

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians tried somebody new Wednesday, but in the end, a couple of old reliables put them in the World Series after they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 to win the American League Championship Series in five games. The newcomer was Ryan Merritt, who was making his..." October 19

  • MLB host: Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista is not a winning baseball player

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is not a winning baseball player, says Casey Stern, MLB post-season host for TBS. Bautista is forever looking to be the hero, looking to hit a home run on every single swing, rather than try to put his team ahead by getting on base or tapping in a run, Stern told Dean Blundell &..." October 19

  • Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion asks court to throw out STD lawsuit

    Toronto Star "Lawyers for Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion have asked a New York court to throw out a $11.5-million lawsuit by a 24-year-old woman who claims Encarnacion knowingly infected her with two sexually transmitted diseases earlier this year in the Dominican Republic. Filed Tuesday, before..." October 19

  • Jose Bautista has great quote about facing Indians’ Ryan Merritt

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays may be down 3-1 in the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians, but don’t tell that to Jose Bautista. The Blue Jays outfielder remains as confident as ever heading into Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday. In fact, he thinks Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt, who is scheduled to start..." October 19

  • Bullpen brilliance gives Indians ALCS stranglehold

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians looked to be in trouble when starting pitcher Trevor Bauer left the game in the first inning Monday night. Manager Terry Francona was forced to turn the game over to the bullpen. It turned out that the game was in good hands. Mike Napoli hit a..." October 18

  • Donaldson homers as Jays stay alive in ALCS

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays finally got their bats working. Aaron Sanchez and the bullpen took care of the rest, and Toronto is still alive in the American League Championship Series after defeating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Tuesday afternoon. Cleveland leads the best-of-seven..." October 18

  • The ALCS will be played even if the Indians’ logo is banned

    The Comeback "The Cleveland Indians lead the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in the ALCS as it moves to Toronto for Game 3. While Jose Bautista may be wondering if the ALCS is rigged, there are some wondering if the playing fo the ALCS will be considered illegal in Ontario. A judge in Ontario is overseeing a legal..." October 17

  • Indians’ Twitter account taunts Jose Bautista, Blue Jays over excusemaking

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are up 2-0 in the American League Championship Series, and they’ve about had it with Jose Bautista’s excusemaking. Their Twitter account kept prodding at Bautista on Monday, and they even asked fans to chime in on what they expected Toronto’s next defense to be." October 17

  • Beer-throwing suspect no longer employed by Canadian media outlet

    The Globe and Mail "The man who allegedly threw a beer can toward an outfielder during a Toronto Blue Jays playoff game no longer works for Postmedia. “Ken Pagan has left Postmedia,” spokeswoman Georgia Sourtzis said in a brief email. Mr. Pagan, who worked as a sports copy editor at Postmedia in Hamilton, was..." October 17

  • Indians prepared for 'rowdiness' of Blue Jays fans

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The sound from a capacity crowd reverberates around the cavernous venue. It's almost tangible. The decibel level reaches heights rarely seen. The roar of the fans can make the opposing players shake. When the roof is closed and the seats are filled, Rogers Centre gets raucous. The Indians..." October 17

  • Jose Bautista says there are 'circumstances' working against Blue Jays in ALCS

    CBS Sports "Monday night in Toronto, the Blue Jays will look to avoid falling into a dreaded 3-0 hole in the ALCS. The Indians won the first two games of the series in Cleveland. Games 3 and 4 will be played at Rogers Centre. Game 5 too, if necessary. The Blue Jays have been held to one run in two ALCS..." October 17

  • Devon Travis expected to undergo knee surgery

    Hardball Talk "Per John Lott, the Blue Jays in a press release on Sunday announced that second baseman Devon Travis undervent an MRI which revealed a bone bruise with “a very small flap of cartilage caught in the joint.” As a result, Travis will “most likely” need arthroscopic knee surgery. However, he will..." October 17

  • Lindor, Kluber power Indians to Game 1 win

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have a standard formula for winning, and Friday night all of it was on display: strong starting pitching, timely hitting and a lockdown bullpen. Francisco Lindor's two-run homer in the sixth inning accounted for all of the runs as the Indians beat the..." October 15

  • Indians quiet Blue Jays, lead 2-0 in ALCS

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- How do you win a game with only four hits? Easy: only give up three. Francisco Lindor drove in what became the winning run in the third inning, and reliever Andrew Miller put on an overpowering display of pitching late in the contest as the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto..." October 15

  • Devon Travis removed from Blue Jays roster, Justin Smoak on "Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis is out for the rest of the postseason with an injured right knee. MLB approved a roster substitution for Toronto, and Travis will be replaced on the club's American League Championship Series roster with Justin Smoak. Travis will be ineligible to return in the..." October 15

  • Blue Jays have lineup problem with Russell Martin that John Gibbons refuses to fix

    CBS Sports "The Indians beat the Blue Jays 2-0 on Friday night, winning a tidily played game on the strength of pitching dominance and one big hit, while also leaving a few notes of frustration behind for Toronto. Corey Kluber put two runners on base in each of the first three innings and didn't pitch a..." October 15

  • Travis to undergo MRI after feeling 'sharp pain' in knee

    Toronto Sun "Up to this point, everything seemed pretty easy for the Toronto Blue Jays. They beat up Texas’ starting pitching for three games and watched as their own rotation stymied the Rangers bats en route to a sweep of the team with the most regular-season wins in the American League. They had won..." October 15

  • Could Votto to the Blue Jays be rekindled?

    Today's Knuckleball "There were definitely real trade talks last July between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds about Joey Votto, and while there haven’t been talks lately, it still might be something to keep an eye on. While some saw the Votto talks as the brainchild of ex-Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, who has..." October 15

  • Toronto fan gives ALCS tickets to boy injured in Cleveland shooting

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "– You don't have to be a Blue Jays fan to appreciate this play: A Toronto woman is giving her tickets to the first game of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field Friday night to a young Cleveland boy recently wounded in a shooting. The woman, who does not want to be..." October 14

  • Bautista: Tulo brought Blue Jays poise, calmness "It seems like only yesterday that Troy Tulowitzki was baseball's new superstar shortstop. He'd grown up watching Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra and Alex Rodriguez set the standard for greatness at the position. Tulowitzki took bits and pieces from all of them and blended them into his game,..." October 14

  • Jays' Francisco Liriano eyeing ALCS Game 2 for return to roster

    ESPN "Francisco Liriano's bullpen session Thursday went well, according to the Toronto Blue Jays. He is on track to rejoin the team Saturday ahead of Game 2 in the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians. The left-hander was placed on the seven-day disabled list after being..." October 13

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • Blue Jays announce starting rotation for ALCS

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have finalized their starting rotation for the first four games of the ALCS. J.A. Happ will start Game 2, followed by Marcus Stroman in Game 3 and Aaron Sanchez in Game 4, the team announced Thursday. Marco Estrada starts the series opener against Corey Kluber..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • LCS schedule announced: Cubs get primetime, the Jays and Indians get three of day games

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just released its League Championship Series schedule. At least through next Friday You will be shocked (i.e. not shocked at all) to see that the National League Games take precedence in terms of prime time scheduling, with the Cubs and whoever their opponent will be —..." October 13

  • Blue Jays announcer says he won’t use ‘Indians’ in ALCS broadcast

    SI "Toronto Blue Jays announcer Jerry Howarth says he will not use the word “Indians” in reference to the Cleveland Indians as the two teams face off in the American League Championship Series on Friday, according to The Star. Howarth said that he has not referred to the Atlanta Braves by their..." October 12

  • Travis hopes rest before ALCS helps knee heal "Devon Travis didn't take the field in Sunday night's series-clinching 7-6 victory in 10 innings over the Rangers, but the Blue Jays' injured second baseman is hoping a few days off will allow him to get back into action when the American League Championship Series against the Indians opens on..." October 11

  • Blue Jays Play-By-Play Guy Won't Call Cleveland's Team "Indians"

    Deadspin "It is news to me that Jerry Howarth, the radio play-by-play voice of the Blue Jays since 1981, does not use the name “Indians” when calling baseball games out of respect to Native people. But it’s not new news—Howarth has observed this practice for more than 20 years. It’ll complicate things..." October 11

  • Blue Jays announce Marco Estrada as ALCS Game 1 starter

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays will turn to right-hander Marco Estrada for Game 1 of their American League Championship Series with the Cleveland Indians, manager John Gibbons announced Tuesday. Estrada will be taking the mound on the heels of a sparkling effort in Game 1 of the AL Division Series..." October 11

  • Walk-off error caps Jays' sweep of Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays found the knockout punch to complete an American League Division Series sweep Sunday night from an unusual source. It was made by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, who delivered a memorable punch himself on May 15 on Blue Jays right fielder Jose..." October 10

  • Odor 'not going to forget' fateful series-ending misplay

    The Globe and Mail "Long after the Toronto Blue Jays had eliminated his Texas Rangers on Sunday night, Rougned Odor emerged reluctantly from a back room of the visitor’s clubhouse to face the media. In that moment, he looked not at all like the fiery second baseman who had earlier this season slugged Jose Bautista in..." October 10

  • Broken Team, Not Broken System to Blame for Texas Rangers' Playoff Exit

    The Big Lead "With Americans distracted by an unprecedented political trainwreck Sunday night, the Texas Rangers were swept out of the playoffs in Canada. Josh Donaldson’s frantic dash home secured the Toronto Blue Jays’ second straight American League Championship Series appearance. The fact that a Rougned..." October 10

  • Blue Jays' Shapiro: 'I want to play the Indians'

    CBS Sports "Not long after the Blue Jays swept the Rangers in the ALDS (Game 3: TOR 7, TEX 6), an obvious question was posted to Jays team president Mark Shapiro: Did he care which team his Jays wound up facing in the ALCS? Per The Score, here's what Shapiro told Sportsnet's Barry Davis: "No, I care. I..." October 10

  • Anthopoulos turns down D-backs

    Today's Knuckleball "Former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, now a Dodgers executive, was contacted by the Arizona Diamondbacks about their open general manager’s job. But Anthopoulos has informed the D-backs that he will not be coming for an interview, and instead staying with the..." October 09

  • Jays announce all beer will be poured into cups for the rest of the playoffs after wild-card game incident

    TSN "For the first time since the wild-card game, the Blue Jays are back home for a baseball game as they attempt to advance to the ALCS for the second straight year Sunday night. The last time we saw the Jays at home, Edwin Encarnacion sent the fans into a frenzy with his walk-off homer to send..." October 09

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09