Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • NL GM: Red Sox 'will go $30-40M above anyone else' for Price

    The Score "The baseball world took a breather for Thanksgiving on Thursday, but now every general manager's focus is turning to signing the top free agents leading up to the winter meetings in early December. Southpaw David Price is arguably the top pitcher available this fall, and one team appears to be..." November 27

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources; #Royals assistant GM of major-league and international operations Rene Francisco interviewed for #BlueJays GM job.

  • Report: Blue Jays not expected to be ‘major factor’ for David Price

    Sportsnet "David Price re-signing with the Toronto Blue Jays appears to be a long shot. While Price reportedly is open to coming back to the Blue Jays, Toronto is not expected be a “major factor” in his free agency, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote in his column Wednesday. Rosenthal listed a handful..." November 26

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Demand for Price to be topped only by his upcoming offers

    Fox Sports "The baseball planets are aligned perfectly for David Price. Two heated rivals in the NL Central want him. So do two in the NL West. So does another team from his old AL East that is widely expected to be the high bidder. The essential dynamics, though, remain unchanged --€“ the teams with..." November 26

  • Blue Jays agree to send Matt Hague to Hanshin Tigers

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a deal that will send International League MVP Matt Hague to Japan’s Hanshin Tigers for $300,000, an industry source told Sportsnet. While the deal hasn’t been completed, Hague has been removed from Toronto’s 40-man roster. Hague batted .338 with a .416..." November 25

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • Report: Red Sox will generate highest offer to David Price

    The Score "If money talks, the Boston Red Sox will be the front-runners in the David Price sweepstakes. There's a "high expectation" among major league executives involved in the bidding for Price that the Red Sox will produce the highest contract offer, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Olney's report..." November 25

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    David Price @DAVIDprice14

    I can always tell the big rumor days...tons of mentions when I haven't even said anything!! I love you all BUT I'm going to play in Japan

  • Donaldson: I could spend my entire career in Toronto

    The Score "Josh Donaldson loves playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, and he has hopes of doing so for a long time to come. The 29-year-old American League MVP, who became the second Blue Jay in history to win the award on Thursday, spoke highly of the city of Toronto, and expressed his feelings toward..." November 23

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    Ben Nicholson-Smith @bnicholsonsmith

    #BlueJays sign 1B Casey Kotchman, SS Jiovanni Mier, 2B David Adams to minor league deals with invites to Spring Training

  • Keuchel: 'I've made pitches to Price' to join Astros

    The Score "Dallas Keuchel wants to bring a championship to Houston, and he's campaigning for the Astros to break the bank and sign one of the top pitchers available on the free-agent market this fall to make that goal a reality. Keuchel, who earned his first Cy Young Award with a brilliant 2015 campaign,..." November 23

  • Could Price return to Jays?

    TSN "David Price's tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays might not be over just yet. The Cubs are believed to be a frontrunner for the 30-year-old's services based on the club's willingness to spend money on free agent talent and Price's relationship with Cubs manager Joe Maddon, under whom Price played..." November 23

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

  • Toronto deals reliever Liam Hendriks to Oakland for RHP Jesse Chavez

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays reacquired right-hander Jesse Chavez from the Oakland Athletics for reliever Liam Hendriks on Friday, adding some starting depth to a rotation in need of it. Chavez went 7-15 with a 4.18 ERA in 157 innings over in 30 games, 26 of them starts, last season. He’s headed into..." November 21

  • Blue Jays sign catcher Quintero to minor league contract

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays added some organizational catching depth Friday, signing veteran backstop Humberto Quintero to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to big league Spring Training. Quintero, a 12-year MLB veteran, last appeared in the majors with the 2014 Seattle Mariners. The..." November 20

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • Roger Clemens: I Would Want Red Sox Hat On Hall Of Fame Plaque If Inducted

    NESN "Roger Clemens donned many baseball caps during his career. But which one would he want to wear on his plaque if he gets inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame? “It would obviously be a Boston (Red Sox) hat,” Clemens said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” on Thursday. “That’s where I..." November 20

  • Blue Jays, Indians discussing possible trade

    Waiting For Next Year "The Cleveland Indians rumor mill is starting to heat up a bit more. Michael Bode and I have covered a ton of possible outfield and infield targets the team could acquire via trade this offseason. I’ve looked at the non-qualifying offer free agent market for potential options, too. The most..." November 20

  • Report: Byrnes added to Blue Jays' GM hunt

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have another person in mind for the general manager position, according to Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott. Los Angeles Dodgers senior vice president Josh Byrnes is said to be the newest name in the running." November 19

  • Dan Shulman Joins Blue Jays Broadcast Team

    Baseball Essential "The voice of Major League Baseball in the United States will add his native Canada to his list of broadcasting jobs after Rogers, the parent company of Sportsnet announced that Dan Shulman will call 30 Toronto Blue Jays during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Shulman, the voice of ESPN’s Sunday Night..." November 19

  • Josh Donaldson beats Mike Trout to win 2015 AL MVP

    SB Nation "Josh Donaldson thrived in his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays and on Thursday was announced as the 2015 American League Most Valuable Player, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Donaldson captured 23 of 30 first-place votes, beating out Angels superstar..." November 19

  • Marco Estrada says returning to Jays was first option

    Toronto Sun "When Marco Estrada was traded to the Blue Jays from the Milwaukee Brewers on Nov. 1 last year, there were a number of people who weren’t happy. Adam Lind, because he loved Toronto and his wife is from T.O. The two ladies who sit in the seats under the press box who yell “Adam, you’re our..." November 18

  • Cleveland discussing trade scenarios for outfield help

    MLB Daily Dish "According to Jon Morosi, the Indians are in preliminary discussions with several teams to acquire outfield help. Cleveland was likely going to enter the market for an outfielder when the offseason began, and with the unfortunate news that Michael Brantley needed shoulder surgery, their need..." November 18

  • Devon Travis Out For 16-20 Weeks After Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis will not be able to resume baseball activities for 16 to 20 weeks after undergoing left shoulder surgery, per a club announcement (via Ben Nicholson-Smith of, on Twitter). If that time frame holds, Travis will not be ready for Opening Day of the..." November 18

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

  • Angels Sign Cliff Pennington To Two-Year Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels announced today that they’ve signed infielder Cliff Pennington to a two-year contract. Pennington, a client of Sosnick, Cobbe and Karon, will receive $1.5MM in 2016 and $2.25MM in 2017 for a $3.75MM guarantee, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (via Twitter). Pennington can also earn up to..." November 18

  • Will Donaldson get long-term offer from Blue Jays this off-season?

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson could win the American League Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday. But will he get a long-term contract offer from the Toronto Blue Jays this off-season? Right now, it seems that the chances of the former could be better than the latter. Donaldson, who is expected to get more..." November 16

  • Mark Buehrle “will either retire or pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals”

    Hardball Talk "Mark Buehrle shot down the early-October reports that he was planning to retire this winter, but the veteran free agent starter only has eyes for one club. Via Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun … Buehrle will either retire or pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals, his home town team. Buehrle grew..." November 15

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Utilityman-reliever extraordinaire Cliff Pennington is getting close to signing with a team. Considering 1- and 2-yr offers.

  • Good move by Blue Jays locking up Marco Estrada for two more years

    Toronto Sun "And one more makes ... ah, ah ... five. Sort of ... The pro-active Blue Jays made free-agent right-hander Marco Estrada a rich man Friday afternoon signing him to a two-year $26 million US deal. Estrada had until 5 pm Friday to accept a $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Jays. “We..." November 14

  • Entire Blue Jays coaching staff to return in 2016

    Sportsnet "Manager John Gibbons will have his entire coaching staff back after all reached agreements with the Toronto Blue Jays on contracts for the 2016 season, according to multiple industry sources. The return of bench coach DeMarlo Hale, pitching coach Pete Walker, hitting coach Brook Jacoby,..." November 14

  • Kevin Pillar responds to some criticism on Twitter

    Hardball Talk "On Twitter, Blue Jays radio play-by-play man Mike Wilner was discussing potential lineup configurations. A fan wondered why Pillar wasn’t a viable leadoff candidate. Wilner said that outfielder Kevin Pillar wasn’t one of the Blue Jays’ best hitters. Pillar responded. Wilner retorted, saying he..." November 14

  • Blue Jays reach two-year, $26M agreement with Estrada

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have reached agreement on a $26-million, two-year deal with Marco Estrada, pending completion of a physical, ahead of Friday’s qualifying offer deadline. The move, which could be announced shortly after Friday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, will plug one of the holes in the team’s..." November 14

  • Blue Jays nearing two-year deal with Marco Estrada

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are nearing a two-year deal with right-hander Marco Estrada, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The deal, which according to Sherman is in the range of $24-29 million, comes just ahead of Friday’s deadline on the $15.8-million qualifying offer extended to..." November 13

  • The Giants are doing background work on David Price

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Giants are among the clubs “going through background preparation” on David Price. Which makes a lot of sense given that they’re saying goodbye to Tim Hudson this year and that, beyond Madison Bumgarner, the rotation was no great shakes in 2015. The Giants,..." November 13

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

  • Top hitters honored with Silver Slugger Awards "The best hitters in the American League and the National League were commemorated for their 2015 campaigns on Thursday, as the Silver Slugger Awards were announced during an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Awards, presented by Louisville Slugger, are handed out annually to..." November 13

  • Blue Jays looking to pursue multiple trade 'possibilities'

    Toronto Sun "The pitch for the pitcher continues. Blue Jays interim general manager Tony LaCava all but confirmed on Thursday that the club is in talks to potentially sign right-handed starter Marco Estrada to a multi-year deal ahead of Friday’s qualifying offer deadline. The Jays extended Estrada, who had..." November 12

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Report: Jays, Estrada talking long-term deal

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays appear ready to put starter Marco Estrada in their long-term plans. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Blue Jays are negotiating with the free agent right-hander on a multi-year contract offer. The Blue Jays tendered a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer..." November 12

  • Osuna, Sanchez, Hendriks could start for Blue Jays in 2016, says interim GM

    The Score "With David Price, Mark Buehrle, and Marco Estrada all eligible to sign elsewhere as free agents this winter, the Toronto Blue Jays may look to their bullpen as they attempt to fill out the starting rotation for next season, interim general manager Tony LaCava said Tuesday. LaCava, who was named..." November 11

  • Blue Jays weighing contract offer to Greinke

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays are considering extending a contract offer to free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke and while the team would be considered a long-shot to sign him, the move would establish that the Jays are planning to double down on this year's playoff-calibre team. Greinke, 32, is arguably..." November 11

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

  • Former Blue Jays GM Anthopoulos won’t rush next move

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball’s annual general managers’ meetings is an event where things don’t often get done, but plenty of stuff gets done. Awards are handed out — the Toronto Blue Jays won the Arbitration Belt for 2015, reflecting the club’s outstanding work in this arbitration process this past..." November 10

  • Blue Jays sign LaCava to long-term deal; role still uncertain

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays are putting their faith in interim general manager Tony LaCava, but the capacity in which they're doing so remains to be seen. Toronto has signed LaCava to a long-term deal, which will apply whether or not he becomes the club's permanent GM, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

  • Jose Reyes arrested for domestic abuse

    Sportsnet "Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested for domestic abuse in Hawaii after allegedly assaulting his wife on Oct. 31, according to Hawaii News Now. The 32-year-old hit .274/.310/.378 in 116 games between the Rockies and the Toronto Blue Jays with seven home runs, 53 RBI and 24 stolen..." November 10