Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates’ mid-November acquisition of catcher Francisco Cervelli signaled their realization of what was rapidly coming to light: The market for Russell Martin was reaching a point at which they were not comfortable. Martin saw it another way. “I was almost relieved,” he said Tuesday. “I..." March 04
Toronto Sun "Just before the all-star break in 2013, R.A. Dickey was jogging in the outfield at the Rogers Centre. A scout motioned for the new Blue Jays right-hander to come over to talk when he was finished. As Dickey approached the pro scout said “so, you’re fixed, huh?” Dickey had been tipping his..." March 04
congrats to rhp liam hendriks of the blue jays, australia's male baseball player of the year
Sportsnet.ca "Dayan Viciedo and the Toronto Blue Jays reached agreement on a minor-league deal that will pay the Cuban slugger $2.5 million if he makes the team, industry sources told Sportsnet. The move, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, adds outfield depth after the team suffered a scare with..." March 01
New York Daily News "Ruben Tejada has not talked to Jose Reyes in a while. But the struggling Mets shortstop said he might reach out to his former mentor after Reyes told a reporter that he was disappointed that Tejada had not taken the Mets’ starting shortstop job and run with it. “Every time I talk to him, I try..." March 01
Sportsnet.ca "Michael Saunders woke up Saturday morning and could hardly believe the way he felt. He got out of bed easily, and he walked around freely. Shortly after he arrived in the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse, he began strength and mobility exercises on a left knee from which 60 percent of the meniscus was..." March 01
Michael Saunders had successful surgery today to remove 60% of the meniscus in his left knee. Recovery time now 5-to-6 weeks. #BlueJays
AA says "highly unlikely" Johan Santana will be ready for opening day. View him as a starter. $2.5m base + bonuses. April 28 opt out date
MLB.com "The Blue Jays entered Spring Training with competitions at second base, centre field, closer and the rotation. They can now add left field to that list. Starting outfielder Michael Saunders sustained a torn meniscus in his left knee while shagging fly balls Wednesday and is expected to be out..." February 27
MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have signed veteran left-hander Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to their big league Spring Training camp, according to a team press release. " February 27
CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon had just finished running sprints at Phillies camp when he heard that the Milwaukee Brewers had filled their vacant closer’s role by re-signing Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million deal. Papelbon, who has not hidden his desire to pitch for a winner, had been on the..." February 27
#BlueJays say Michael Saunders tore meniscus in knee. Out to all star break
MLB.com "The Blue Jays appear to have changed their minds about Edwin Encarnacion and will use the veteran slugger at first base instead of primarily in the designated-hitter spot. Toronto previously indicated that the majority of Encarnacion's at-bats this season would come as a DH. Encarnacion will..." February 23
AA on @FAN590: "status quo" on Navarro, who would like to be traded.
Hardball Talk "As soon as the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal it seemed obvious that they’d try to find a new home for last year’s starting catcher, Dioner Navarro. It hasn’t happened yet and the Blue Jays claim they’re willing to go forward with Navarro in a backup role, but..." February 23
MLB.com "The departure of Casey Janssen this winter created an opening at the closer position, and on the first day of Spring Training, left-hander Brett Cecil made it clear that he wants the job. Cecil enters as a possible favourite, but he is expected to receive some competition from right-hander..." February 22
#BlueJays sign OF Chris Dickerson to minor-lg deal with spring invite.
Sportsnet.ca "Max Pentecost recently underwent shoulder surgery in an operation that will delay the 2015 debut of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2014 first rounder, sources told Sportsnet. Dr. James Andrews performed the operation, a scope intended to clean out the shoulder joint of the top catching prospect’s..." February 21
Sportsnet.ca "Pitchers Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro are among the young prospects the Toronto Blue Jays are inviting to big league spring training, an indication the club feels they may be ready to contribute sooner rather than later. Osuna reached single-A Dunedin during a season mostly spent rehabbing..." February 15
Bluebird Banter "Jon Heyman of CBS Sports informed us that Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays were in a salary arbitration hearing on Thursday and today we found out that the arbitrator sided with the Jays. Last month, the Blue Jays filed their offer of $4.3 million while Donaldson requested $5.75..." February 14
Toronto Star "Following similar increases for multi-game packs and season tickets, the Blue Jays — whose 21-year playoff absence is the longest post-season drought in Major League Baseball — are also bumping up the price of single-game tickets by $2 across the board this season. It’s the first time ticket..." February 11
Hardball Talk "Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “have expressed interest” in free agent right-hander Dustin McGowan. Once a top prospect and young building block in the Blue Jays’ rotation, McGowan’s career was derailed by numerous injuries and last season he logged more than 25..." February 11
Hardball Talk "With designated hitter Victor Martinez needing knee surgery and catcher Alex Avila a question mark due to concussions, the Tigers could be in the market for some catching/DH depth. And according to Jeff Blair of Toronto Sportsnet they’ve “had discussions” with the Blue Jays about acquiring..." February 09
Sports On Earth "When we evaluate lineups in Major League Baseball in 2015, we're grading on a curve. Last year, the Angels led the Majors in runs scored -- with just 773. That was the lowest total for a runs leader in a full season since 1992. And to put that in added perspective, in 2009, just five seasons..." February 09
AA: Health-permitting, #BlueJays expect Daniel Norris in rotation at some point this year
Hardball Talk "Two months after claiming him off waivers from the Twins the Blue Jays have designated first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello for assignment, dropping him from the 40-man roster. Colabello signed with the Twins after winning an independent league MVP in 2011 and played well in the minors, but..." February 05
USA Today "Sports Weekly takes an in-depth look at each major league organization during the offseason, from the major leagues to the farm system. We start with teams with the worst records and move up. *** The Toronto Blue Jays made major upgrades in the offseason, but they weren't the ones anyone..." February 04
Toronto Star "Carlos Delgado may have been snubbed by Cooperstown, but at least he will get a hero’s welcome in St. Marys, Ont., later this summer. The former Blue Jaysslugger headlines the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2015 induction class, announced Wednesday morning, and also includes a pair of..." February 04
Duquette says there was substance to the TOR rumors but his "sole and singular focus" is on the Orioles.
Covers.com "Joe Carter is reuniting with former teammate Dave Stewart as a special assistant to the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stewart, the Diamondbacks' GM, announced the addition of Carter to his staff on Wednesday. The 54-year-old Carter has never held a front-office position. His..." January 29
#BlueJays in contact w/ reps for multiple free-agent relievers, including Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano, Burke Badenhop, sources say.
Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to sign right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario to a minor league deal, an industry source told Sportsnet. If Belisario makes the team, he will earn a salary of $1.7 million. If the hard-throwing Belisario can bounce back from a difficult 2014 season, he..." January 29
TSN.ca "The Washington Nationals have signed relief pitcher Casey Janssen to a one-year, $5 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal includes a mutual option for the 2016 season with a buyout. The 33-year-old has spent his entire eight-year career with the Toronto Blue..." January 28
MLB Blogs "The Phillies are still talking to the Brewers and Blue Jays about a Jonathan Papelbon trade. Two sources said this evening that talks are alive, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear. Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that the Phillies and Brewers were in serious..." January 27
Fox Sports "I want to see how both teams pick up the pieces. I want to hear Orioles general manager Dan Duquette explain how he will mend fences with an organization that he spent several months trying to bolt. And I want to hear Blue Jays chairman Ed Rogers explain why he is "elated" that Paul Beeston..." January 27
Sportsnet.ca "Negotiations for Dan Duquette are over after the Toronto Blue Jays refused to consider the Baltimore Orioles’ demands for promising right-hander Jeff Hoffman and two other top prospects as compensation for the executive. A deal between the American League East rivals was at no point close, and..." January 26
Hardball Talk "Ted Lilly pitched in the bigs from 1999 through 2013 and made roughly $80 million in salary. So, if he got a $200,000 RV, he should’ve been able to afford insurance. And, even if he didn’t get insurance, if he damaged his $200,000 RV, he should have been able to cover it out of..." January 23
Sporting News "When you think of MLB players, you think big money. Max Scherzer's recent $210 million contract comes to mind. But a lot of money doesn't always equal a fancy lifestyle. Just ask Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris. Norris is ranked 25th on MLB.com's top 100 prospects and he's living in a van by..." January 22
everth cabrera could become a 2b consideration for jays. weeks seems to be further down their list.
If a TOR/Duquette deal is finished, compensation will be substantial. Jeff Hoffman discussed.
Sportsnet.ca "Paul Beeston will remain in place as the president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays through the 2015 season, Bob McCown said on Prime Time Sports Wednesday. Despite ongoing speculation about the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles executive Dan Duquette, Beeston will stay in his current role for..." January 21
Houston Chronicle "A day after trading away one center fielder, the Astros are close to deal with another. Colby Rasmus was in Houston and close to finalizing a deal with the Astros, a person familiar with the talks told the Chronicle. FOX Sports reported the deal would be worth more than $4 million when finished..." January 20