#rangers are a team that could look at jp arencibia, 1 of the elite of the non-tenders. big power.
Clubs that have talked to #Pirates believe James Loney emerging as their top choice at 1B. Heard they've also asked on Adam Lind & Moreland
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Sources: Yankees among many teams showing interest in A's starter Brett Anderson. A's likely to deal him at Winter Meetings.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have non-tendered catcher J.P. Arencibia, the club announced via press release. The club has tendered contracts to its remaining slate of arbitration-eligible players. Arencibia, 27, was the Jays' primary catcher for the last three seasons, during which time he appeared in a total..." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
Sources: #BlueJays in agreement with free-agent catcher on Dioner Navarro on two-year deal, pending physical.
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Sources: #BlueJays’ deal with Dioner Navarro is two years, $8M. Pending physical.
Sportsnet.ca "There’s no reason to expect Rogers to shortchange the Toronto Blue Jays after the company’s $5.2 billion deal with the National Hockey League. So says Rogers Media president Keith Pelley, who told the Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Wednesday morning the Blue Jays’ payroll will not be..." November 27
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
CBSSports.com "At least the Twins, Rockies and possibly Blue Jays have been identified as among the teams that could be threats to steal free agent starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the incumbent Red Sox. The Rangers look like another possibility to observers, but one person connected with the..." November 26
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Teams have inquired about StarterJeff Samardzija. Source: Toronto putting together package of young players.
Sportsnet.ca "If J.P. Arencibia returns as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014, he’ll be the team’s starter. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos joined Prime Time Sports Tuesday, explaining that he doesn’t plan to bring Arencibia back in a reserve role. “I don’t think we’ve ever looked at a..." November 20
ESPN.com "Free-agent starter Josh Johnson has reached agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $8 million contract with the San Diego Padres, a baseball source told ESPN.com. The deal includes additional performance bonuses based on games started, the source said. Johnson was in San Diego for a physical exam..." November 20
Pirates are finalists for the services of free agent RHP Josh Johnson, according to his agent. Agent says he's considering "3 or 4" teams
Catcher Henry Blanco, 42, is looking to play one more season. Likely to have a career in coaching once he's done playing.
Toronto Star "The reason that Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos never had to worry about losing his job following a disappointing 75-win season was not the result of what he created on the field. Instead, it was the impact last off-season’s roster moves made off the field. The Jays, favoured to advance to the World..." November 19
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
The Royals want to work something out with Josh Johnson. He's a good fit financially (one-year deal), possible high reward, good team guy.
Sportsnet.ca "There has been some speculation about the Blue Jays being a surprise team in pursuit of free agent second baseman Robinson Cano. Unless he’s willing to settle for five years, you can forget about it, as the Blue Jays have no intentions of moving off their policy of contracts for six years or..." November 13
Toronto Sun "There's been quite a bit of chatter on talk radio and social media about the possibility of a Jose Bautista trade this off-season. On Tuesday night, that talk progressed to another level following a tweet out of Philadelphia. Fox reporter Howard Eskin tweeted the Phillies are in serious..." November 13
Sportsnet.ca "The nonsense inherent to the GM meetings was whipping around like the howling winds in Orlando early Wednesday morning, with a report out of Philadelphia suggesting the Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays were working on a Jose Bautista for Domonic Brown-plus swap. Before things get all Yu Darvishy..." November 13
Not a shock: teams are inquiring about Toronto RF Jose Bautista
The Blue Jays appear to be in on everybody. They need two starting pitchers, a catcher and 2B. A lot of denials on Robinson Cano. Hmmm.
CBSSports.com "The Blue Jays are making appointments with all the top free-agent starters, including Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez, and are said to be dedicating their winter to improving their rotation. Which makes sense considering that as a rotation, they ranked 29th of 30 teams. Toronto..." November 12
AA says Mark DeRosa is retiring
Sportsnet.ca "Jose Bautista continues to progress from the injury that caused him to miss the final six weeks of the 2013 season. The Toronto Blue Jays right fielder told Jim Bowden on SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch that he has been cleared for full-body workouts after getting a clean bill of health from..." November 07
ESPN.com "Add veteran starting pitcher Josh Johnson to the list of free agents that interest the Texas Rangers. Johnson’s agent, Matt Sosnick, said he’s talked to nearly every team about Johnson, including the Rangers. “He’s always had interest in playing in Texas,” Sosnick said Thursday. “He’s from..." November 07
MLB.com "The pens and reams of paper are out. Decisions are about to be made. The Hot Stove season is now in Major League overdrive. The end of the World Series on Wednesday night and the beginning of free agency a day later was only the beginning. After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday brings about..." November 04
Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Blue Jays will not extend right-hander Josh Johnson a qualifying offer by Monday’s deadline, sportsnet.ca has learned. The Blue Jays can still sign Johnson, but the 29 other MLB teams can also bid for his services once free agency begins in earnest Tuesday. Under normal..." November 04
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Just because Josh Johnson is coming off a nightmarish season in Toronto doesn't mean the Twins should expect to lure the veteran right-hander with a multiyear discount deal. Matt Sosnick, Johnson's agent, said Friday in a phone interview that his client still could receive a one-year qualifying..." November 03
Roster update from #bluejays include refuse option on Kawasaki. Sources say Mune likely back to Japan for $2M and Jays were aware.
Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Blue Jays have exercised Casey Janssen’s $4 million option for the 2014 season, sportsnet.ca has learned. Janssen, 32, was one of the most effective closers in baseball during the 2013 season, making the decision an easy one for the team. The $4 million option is part of the US$5.9..." October 31
Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Blue Jays have exercised the 2014 contract options on Casey Janssen, Adam Lind and Mark DeRosa while declining the option on Munenori Kawasaki, multiple sources told sportsnet.ca Thursday. Lind will earn $7 million, Janssen $4 million and DeRosa $750,000. Kawasaki would have earned..." October 31
MLB.com "The Blue Jays are in the market for a new second baseman, and one of their early targets appears to be Chicago's Gordon Beckham. MLB.com has learned that the Blue Jays have interest in acquiring the White Sox second baseman, which dates back to last offseason, when the possibility of a trade..." October 31
Sportsnet.ca "Kevin Seitzer will be the next Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach, and his hiring could be announced in the next few days. The move was confirmed to sportsnet.ca after it was first reported by Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Seitzer had been the hitting coach for the Royals from 2009-12, where..." October 31
MLB.com "The Orioles' historic defensive season, in which they committed a Major League record-low 54 errors, culminated with an impressive showing in Tuesday night's unveiling of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners. Third baseman Manny Machado, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones..." October 30
CBSSports.com "During the broadcast of Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on-air that MLB plans to review the obstruction rule over the winter in the wake of the dramatic ending to Game 3. As you know, Allen Craig was allowed to score the winning run on an..." October 29
SB Nation "MLB commissioner Bud Selig talked with reporters on Saturday about the possibility of changing the designated hitter rule, stating that he would "never say never" about the chance that the DH eventually makes an appearance in the NL, or disappears in the AL. Selig presented Carlos Beltran with..." October 28