Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 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

  • Diamondbacks claim Nolan Reimold off waivers from Blue Jays

    Hardball Talk "Nolan Reimold has been claimed off waivers for the second time in a month, going from the Orioles to the Blue Jays and now to the Diamondbacks. Reimold was once a top-100 prospect and had a very nice rookie season as a 25-year-old in 2009, but his career has repeatedly been derailed by injuries..." August 28

  • Blue Jays get to Red Sox's Tazawa yet again in win

    Toronto Sun "Over the years, Junichi Tazawa has been one of Boston’s most reliable relief pitchers, a guy Boston manager John Farrell, and Terry Francona before him, have been able to count on in tough situations. But for some strange reason, the Toronto Blue Jays are his Achilles heel. Against all the..." August 28

  • Santos likely done as a Blue Jay

    Toronto Sun "When Sergio Santos came to the Blue Jays from the White Sox in a trade for minor-league pitcher Nestor Molina in December 2011, they thought they had their closer for the next seven years. They signed him to a three-year deal that guaranteed Santos $8.25 million through 2014, with club options..." August 28

  • At great cost, Blue Jays have made little progress

    Fox Sports "For teams with long playoff droughts, front-office executives often say that one benchmark is to play meaningful games in September. The Toronto Blue Jays, whose most recent postseason game ended on a Joe Carter home run, seemed poised to check off the “September contention” box this year. They..." August 27

  • Sox offense comes alive in 11th, beat Blue Jays, 11-7

    CSN New England "For the first 10 innings, the Red Sox seemingly couldn't come up with a big hit when they needed one. Then, in the top of the 11th, it seemed they couldn't stop. Breaking open a tie game, the Red Sox erupted for seven runs in the inning, giving them an 11-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays...." August 27

  • Does window sex equal winning for Blue Jays?

    Toronto Sun "There have been plenty of theories floated through the years about why the Blue Jays have not been in the post-season since 1993. We’ll give you another one — not enough sex. Hey, we don’t mean the players and, on that topic, we have no idea of how they’re doing. We mean the fans, the..." August 27

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    MLB @MLB

    Major League Baseball denies Rays’ formal protest regarding Saturday’s game in Toronto.

  • Nolan Reimold designated for assignment, Kevin Pillar recalled

    Bluebird Banter "Did you know that the Blue Jays acquired Nolan Reimold back on July 6? It has not felt like a month-and-a-half since that waiver claim. Of course, he had a stint on the disabled list four games into his tenure here (beating the one-game stint of Cole Gillespie) so he ended up playing just 22 games..." August 26

  • John Gibbons rips Jose Bautista for getting ejected in yesterday’s game

    Hardball Talk "It’s not often you hear a manager mention the absence of one of his players who got ejected in his postgame comments. And when it does happen, it’s usually the manger standing up for his player. Following yesterday’s Blue Jays-Rays game, however, John Gibbons let Jose Bautista have it. Bautista..." August 25

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    John Lott @LottOnBaseball

    #BlueJays option Kyle Drabek to make room for Sergio Santos.

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    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    Bautista questions calld 3rd strike and is tossed. So #Rays don't have to deal with him anymore today

  • Reyes, Rasmus clutch in Blue Jays win over Rays

    Toronto Sun "There was no team meeting. No caustic managerial speech. There didn’t need to be. Friday night, in losing 8-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Blue Jays were unacceptably docile, lacking energy, bereft of purpose. It was obvious to anyone who saw it and also to the ball players who suffered through..." August 24

  • Blue Jays could inherit longest MLB playoff drought

    Toronto Sun "The Kansas City Royals wake up Sunday with the longest active post-season drought in baseball ... 28 years and counting. The Royals also wake up in first place in the American League Central Division. If the Royals make post-season play it will be the first time since 1985 ... 28 years and..." August 24

  • Rays play Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays under protest

    Hardball Talk "Not long after making a comment about Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle‘s quick pace on the mound, Rays manager Joe Maddon had a reason to use it to play the game under protest. In the top of the fourth inning, Wil Myers was on first base after hitting a one-out single. Buehrle, as he is known to..." August 23

  • Joe Maddon calls Hellickson-Buehrle match-up “The Tortoise and the Hare”

    Hardball Talk "The Rays and Blue Jays just kicked off Saturday afternoon’s contest, with Jeremy Hellickson starting for the Rays and Mark Buehrle for the Blue Jays. The two are quite different in their approaches, as Buehrle leads all starters with the shortest time between pitches, at 17.3 seconds per..." August 23

  • Smyly goes distance for Rays to shut down Jays

    Tampa Tribune "It was all new for Drew Smyly, the entire night. The shutout innings, the one-two-three innings, the nine innings. Then came the pitchers’ jump, the moment when the Rays starter who throws a complete game gets to jump and chest bump with the other members of the rotation. “I think that was..." August 23

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    jesse litsch @JesseLitsch

    I hate to have to do this but I am announcing my retirement from playing the game that I love today but hopefully able to stay in the game

  • Blue Jays pitcher Kyle Drabek 'looked good' in MLB return

    Toronto Sun "One of the few positive aspects of the Blue Jays' loss on Tuesday was the relief effort of Kyle Drabek. In his first appearance since being called up on Sunday, Drabek worked the final two innings. He blanked the Brewers on one hit, didn't walk a batter, and struck out three. It marked..." August 21

  • Blue Jays cap disappointing road trip with victory over Brewers

    Toronto Star "Before the final game of a demoralizing eight-game road trip that has severely damaged the Blue Jays’ playoff aspirations, manager John Gibbons said there would be no “magic bullet” to snap his club out of their current funk. But when Jose Bautista lined his 23rd home run of the season into the..." August 21

  • Phenomenal Fiers flummoxes Blue Jays, Brewers win 6-1

    Brew Crew Ball "Inning the First Mike Fiers picked up right where he left off with a strikeout to Jose Reyes. He got a flyout before issuing a walk to Jose Bautista. It wouldn't hurt the Brewers as he immediately proceeded to strike out Edwin Encarnacion on 3 pitches. The Brewers offense picked up right..." August 20

  • Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos set to return next year

    Toronto Sun "Alex Anthopoulos, the much-maligned general manager of the Blue Jays, will return for his sixth season running the club, a bevy of major-league sources have confirmed. Apparently, there is no temperature at all to remove Anthopoulos from his job — in fact, quite the opposite sentiment exists —..." August 18

  • Blue Jays' Drew Hutchison happy for recalled Kyle Drabek

    Toronto Sun "About the only player happier to see Kyle Drabek back in the clubhouse than Drabek himself was Drew Hutchison. The two young pitchers were all but joined at the hip through the recovery and rehab process following their Tommy John surgeries after tearing their right elbow ligaments on..." August 17