Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Report: Odor's suspension reduced to 7 games

    The Score "Rougned Odor's eight game suspension has been cut down to seven after appealing the discipline for his role in a melee between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Odor will begin his suspension Friday, and the club is expected to recall Jurickson..." May 26

  • Blue Jays GM: John Gibbons is ‘absolutely part of the solution’

    Sportsnaut "At 22-25 and in last place in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays are one of baseball’s most disappointing teams. But general manager Ross Atkins does not see manager John Gibbons as part of the problem. Actually, the Blue Jays front office has the exact opposite feeling. It’s not..." May 26

  • Martin homers twice as Jays down Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Watching Russell Martin drive a pitch over the left field wall was a positive sign for the Toronto Blue Jays. Seeing the right-handed-hitting catcher drive another pitch over the right field fence was even more encouraging. Martin hit his first two home runs of the season..." May 25

  • Blue Jays to activate Devon Travis

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays will reportedly welcome back a familiar face to their roster Wednesday, as the club is calling up second baseman Devon Travis following a nine-game minor-league rehab stint, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. " May 25

  • Eovaldi, Yankees shut out Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Three weeks ago, nothing was working for the New York Yankees. Now things are going well and Yankees have surged to the .500 mark. New York returned to the break-even point Tuesday night as Nathan Eovaldi allowed two hits in six-plus innings in a 6-0 victory over the..." May 24

  • Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista has suspension appeal hearing Thursday

    Toronto Star "It will be an early wake-up call and a busy morning for Jose Bautista on Thursday, as he has an in-person hearing scheduled at MLB headquarters in downtown Manhattan followed by the Blue Jays’ series finale against the Yankees in the Bronx. Bautista is appealing his one-game suspension for..." May 24

  • Josh Donaldson: MLB beanball culture puts hitters in danger

    Larry Brown Sports "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson felt that he was thrown at twice by the Minnesota Twins over the weekend. After the Twins received no punishment, Donaldson ripped into MLB’s policies and the culture of the game that makes beanballs acceptable. Donaldson’s issues started Saturday,..." May 24

  • David Aardsma Opts Out Of Blue Jays Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran reliever David Aardsma has opted out of his minor league contract with the Blue Jays, MLBTR has learned (Twitter link). The right-hander is free to sign with any club. Aardsma, 34, spent a considerable chunk of the 2015 campaign with the Braves, tallying 30 2/3 innings out of the team’s..." May 23

  • Donaldson: MLB needs to protect hitters getting thrown at

    Sportsnet "After nearly being hit twice by pitches that he deemed to be intentionally thrown at him, Josh Donaldson has had enough. “Major League Baseball has to do something about this,” Donaldson said after the Blue Jays’ 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins Sunday. “They say they’re trying to protect..." May 23

  • Blue Jays' Stroman shuts down sinking Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Like a group of chemists, the Toronto Blue Jays found just the right mixture of good hitting, good pitching and bad blood on Sunday. Early offense and a pitching gem by Marcus Stroman lifted the Blue Jays to a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, as Toronto took three of the..." May 22

  • Gibbons receives 3rd ejection in 5 games

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is making a habit of watching his team close out games from the clubhouse instead of the dugout. After coming out to defend Josh Donaldson in the top of the fifth inning - the reigning AL MVP was thrown at twice by Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes..." May 22

  • Donaldson: I wasn't talking to umpire when ejected

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson’s first-inning groundout Saturday afternoon was as innocuous as they come. But the aftermath was anything but. As Donaldson watched the slow grounder to short, he jogged up the first base line, turning around once he’d been retired to return to his dugout. As he made his way..." May 22

  • Will the Blue Jays trade Drew Storen?

    Toronto Sun "Usually two clubs a combined 23 games under .500 don’t draw a lot of scouts in the month of May. When this series began, the Jays were four games under (19-23) and the Twins were 19 below water level (10-29), yet they drew a crowd of evaluators. And one name of a player that the Blue Jays..." May 22

  • Twins beat Jays with 5-spot in eighth

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Few things seemed as probable as the eighth-inning rally staged by the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon Eduardo Nunez's three-run home run capped a five-run bottom of the eighth as the Twins rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. For seven innings,..." May 21

  • Blue Jays reliever Loup joins triple-A Buffalo on rehab assignment

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays will soon be getting more relief for their struggling bullpen. Left-hander Aaron Loup has joined the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on a rehab assignment, and is available for Saturday’s game against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Loup, who’s been sidelined with a forearm flexor..." May 21

  • Four homers power Blue Jays over Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Perhaps the Minnesota Twins were the cure for what ailed the slumping Toronto Blue Jays. Thanks to four home runs and a five-run sixth inning, the Blue Jays routed the Twins 9-3 on Friday night at Target Field. It was Toronto's second win in as many days over Minnesota..." May 21

  • Rougned Odor paid autograph session gets called off

    ESPN "A memorabilia store manager had to cancel an autograph signing by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor after "it got too big, too fast." Store manager Brett Kravitz told ESPN on Saturday afternoon that the June 4 event, in which Odor would sign photos of his punch to Jose Bautista's face..." May 21

  • Tulowitzki lifts Toronto over Twins in extras

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki thought he had the go-ahead hit in the ninth inning Thursday against the Minnesota Twins. Turns out, he had to wait two more innings to play the role of hero. Tulowitzki's two-out RBI single was enough to lift the Blue Jays to..." May 20

  • Shapiro: Blue Jays ‘incredibly confident’ in Gibbons as manager

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have followed up their first playoff appearance in decades with a decidedly slow start thanks to an underwhelming offence and an unpredictable bullpen. The first word team president Mark Shapiro uses to describe the 20-23 Blue Jays is “disappointing.” “There’s both a..." May 20

  • Raptors' DeMarre Carroll Tells Jose Bautista He's Got His Back If Another Fight Breaks Out

    Complex "If Jose Bautista ever finds himself in another conflict with Rougned Odor or anyone else, the Toronto Raptors' DeMarre Carroll wants him to know that he's got his back. During Sunday's Blue Jays-Rangers game, Odor caught Bautista with a solid punch to the face, sparking a huge brawl with both..." May 20

  • Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor Earns Free BBQ For Life For Punching Jose Bautista

    Dallas Eater "During Sunday’s game between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor lobbed the punch heard ‘round the world at Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. The punch, which earned Odor an eight game suspension from Major League Baseball, also scored him a pretty..." May 20

  • Here's the reason why Major League Baseball decided not to suspend Matt Bush

    Fox Sports "On Thursday, I wrote about why baseball fined Texas Rangers right-hander Matt Bush rather than suspend him for "intentionally" throwing at the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista. The decision warrants a more detailed explanation. My initial report stemmed from a source with knowledge of baseball’s..." May 20

  • Blue Jays' 2016 Struggles Putting Toronto in Danger of Becoming 1-Year Wonder

    Bleacher Report "What a difference a season can make. In 2015, the Toronto Blue Jays were the undisputed big bashers of MLB. They paced the pack in runs, home runs, OPS and a host of other offensive categories. They won the American League East and punched their first postseason ticket since 1993. Then they..." May 19

  • Rays complete three-game sweep of Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays were hitting - literally. The Rays had a club-record 44 hits for a three-game series and completed a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 6-3 victory Wednesday night. The Rays outscored the Blue Jays 31-7 and have won four of their past five games after..." May 18

  • Rangers Affiliate To Sell Alcoholic Drink In Honor Of Rougned Odor’s Punch

    NESN "Baseball suspended Rougned Odor eight games for rearranging Jose Bautista’s face with his fist, but that’s not going to stop one Texas Rangers minor league affiliate from capitalizing on the punch. The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders introduced an alcoholic energy drink in honor of the Rangers second..." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Rays pile up 17 hits, pummel Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays possessed a potent offense for the second night in a row, but manager Kevin Cash saved some of his praise for starting pitcher Chris Archer. The right-hander, who struggled early in the season, fell behind after a two-run homer by Jose Bautista in the first..." May 17

  • Price: I'll endorse Bautista anytime

    The Score "David Price has no problem standing in Jose Bautista's corner. The Boston Red Sox ace admitted Tuesday that while the general public's perception of the slugger may not be entirely favorable - even more so after Sunday's bench-clearing brawl - spending half a season as his Toronto Blue Jays..." May 17

  • Report: Donaldson, Pillar won't be suspended for brawl

    The Score "Josh Donaldson and Kevin Pillar are off the hook after the benches-clearing brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers on Sunday. Donaldson and Pillar won't be suspended for their roles during the brawl, according to a source of Sportsnet's Shi Davidi. Donaldson, however, was fined..." May 17

  • Bautista suspended 1 game for brawl with Rangers

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista received a one-game suspension for his role in Sunday's benches-clearing brawl against the Texas Rangers as well as his postgame comments, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday." May 17

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Odor suspended 8 games, Gibby 3

    Bluebird Banter "Jon Heyman tells us that Roughed Odor gets 8 games for, you know, everything. I imagine it won't be his last suspension. I thought he deserved 10 games, figured he would get 5-6 so, all in all likely fair. Of course he is appealing. Also, John Gibbons gets 3 games. There will likely be more..." May 17

  • Chipper Jones implies Jose Bautista is not liked around baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre is expected to announce disciplinary action against those involved in Sunday’s brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers as soon as Tuesday. While some have predicted a lengthy suspension for Rougned Odor because he actually landed a punch, others..." May 17

  • Rangers’ Odor on Bautista punch: ‘I was just trying to protect myself’

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Rougned Odor said that he expects to be suspended by Major League Baseball, but the Texas Rangers’ second baseman said that he doesn’t regret punching Jose Bautista on Sunday because he felt he needed to defend himself. Odor spoke to the media Monday afternoon before the Rangers opened a..." May 17

  • Rays ride four homers to rout of Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Drew Smyly called his outing a battle. J.A. Happ said his was a nightmare. The matchup of left-handers turned out to be a dream for the Tampa Bay Rays hitters, who defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 Monday night. "I was just having a hard time hitting my spots," said..." May 16

  • MLB Star Jose Bautista -- 'No Medical Attention' ... After Punch to the Face

    TMZ "It looked worse than it actually was ... because Jose Bautista did NOT require any sort of medical attention after taking that hard overhand right to the face this weekend, TMZ Sports has learned. We spoke with Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, who tells us straight up -- "Everything is fine, Jose..." May 16

  • How long will Rougned Odor be suspended for punching Jose Bautista?

    MLB Daily Dish "Twitter was abuzz Sunday as fans on both sides of the border argued about the fallout from the Jose Bautista-Rougned Odor brawl in Arlington. While I won't dive into my personal feelings on the incident in this space, I thought it would be useful to try to predict the length of the suspension..." May 16

  • Toronto writer on Rangers-Blue Jays brawl: 'Matt Bush is an idiot. Rougned Odor is a punk'

    Sports Day "Add Toronto Star writer Richard Griffin to the list of people not pulling punches this weekend. In a column looking at the Rangers-Blue Jays brawl, including Rougned Odor's movie-like punch of Jose Bautista, Griffin calls Rangers pitcher Matt Bush an "idiot" and Odor a "punk." And that's just..." May 16

  • Canseco: Bautista should beat Odor 'prison style'

    The Score "From one Jose to another, Canseco has Bautista's back. The former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder piped in on Twitter after Rougned Odor's right hook to Bautista triggered two bench-clearings in Sunday afternoon's game, calling the punch a "cheap shot." As far as we know, Canseco's only..." May 16

  • Blue Jays' John Gibbons: Rangers 'gutless' for throwing at Jose Bautista, starting melee

    Sporting News "The Rangers' plunking of Blue Jays star Jose Bautista was revenge eight months in the making, Toronto manager John Gibbons said Sunday from the clubhouse after tensions ran high and benches cleared twice during Texas' 7-6 win. "It was gutless," said Gibbons (via MLB.com), who was one of eight..." May 16

  • Blue Jays claim Jimmy Paredes off waivers from Orioles

    MLB Daily Dish "The Blue Jays have claimed Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Orioles, according to MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko. Paredes was recently placed on outright waivers by Baltimore. Paredes, 27, has not made a major-league appearance yet this season, as he has been rehabbing from a wrist injury and..." May 16

  • Rangers out of line in brawl with Blue Jays

    ESPN "If you want to keep a scorecard of the bad blood between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers and where everything fits into the nebulous world of the baseball code, it goes something like this: Jose Bautista: Excessive bat flip and stare-down after mammoth, series-turning home run off Sam..." May 16

  • Rangers, Blue Jays brawl; Texas wins

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said Sunday's 7-6 victory over Toronto was "a good win overall." Beltre could have been talking about the comeback the Rangers had in the seventh inning, when Ian Desmond capped a four-run frame with a three-run homer. He also..." May 15

  • Bautista plays 1,000th game with Blue Jays

    The Score "Jose Bautista was once property of five different teams in 2004. On Saturday, he suited up for his 1,000th game with one. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder became just the 11th player in franchise history to play 1,000 games with the club, something nobody could have envisioned when his tenure..." May 15

  • Tulowitzki joins rare 200-homer club for shortstops

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki isn't letting a slump get in the way of his legacy. On Friday, the five-time All-Star became just the 10th shortstop in major-league history to hit 200 home runs when he roped a line drive over the left-center wall at Arlington Park off Texas Rangers..." May 14

  • Blue Jays’ Devon Travis begins rehab assignment with Dunedin

    Sportsnet "Devon Travis began a rehabilitation assignment at single-A Dunedin with seven innings at second base and an RBI double in four at-bats Friday, a major point of progress for the Toronto Blue Jays infielder. The last time Travis played in an official game of any kind was last July 28 – when Troy..." May 14

  • Bautista backs Colabello's defense of failed PED test

    Toronto Star "Speaking at an event Friday in support of an organization that cautions young athletes against using performance-enhancing drugs, Jose Bautista said he believes Chris Colabello’s claim he did not knowingly ingest the anabolic steroid for which he tested positive earlier this year. “If anything,..." May 14

  • Atkins looking to maximize value in first draft with Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays’ first draft under new general manager Ross Atkins is less than a month away and intrigue is building about how the club’s approach to selecting players shifts under the revamped front office. A scouting department with a strong track record during former GM Alex..." May 13

  • Gibbons 'tired' of Tulowitzki criticism

    The Score "John Gibbons is tired of the complaints about Troy Tulowitzki's slow start. The veteran is struggling out of the gate, batting .172/.275/.336 with six homers in 34 games. Aside from Ryan Goins and Russell Martin, Tulowitzki is the Toronto Blue Jays' worst hitter. They're a .500 team, but remain..." May 13

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

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