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
Sporting News "The Astros continued their busy offseason Tuesday by closing in on deals with two free agents, outfielder Colby Rasmus and right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. Houston signed Rasmus, the best remaining outfielder in free agency, to a one-year deal, according to FOX Sports. "I've..." January 20
yankees, jays, padres among half dozen teams considering johan santana, who's planning to start thursday for magallanes
Fox Sports "As the price for James Shields drops, an increasing number of clubs are renewing their interest in him. The Toronto Blue Jays are one of those clubs, according to major-league sources. While the Jays are not actively negotiating with Shields' agent, Page Odle, they are again discussing the..." January 18
Hardball Talk "Toronto has re-signed Munenori Kawasaki after dropping him from the 40-man roster in October, bringing the 33-year-old utility man back on a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. " January 16
Toronto Star "Just minutes before the 1 p.m. EST deadline to exchange figures, the Blue Jays have avoided salary arbitration with Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders and pitcher Marco Estrada, signing both players to one-year deals. The club, which has not taken a player to arbitration since 1997, has yet..." January 16
Brett Cecil settles with blue jays for $2.475M
The @BlueJays have signed OF Andy Dirks to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training.
Bluebird Banter "According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays and the Orioles have discussed a possible trade package that would see current Orioles general manager Dan Duquette be released from his contract (which runs through 2018) in order to become the next CEO of the Blue Jays. However, it appears..." January 14
Hardball Talk "Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the blurb … Dan Duquette, GM, Orioles — According to a major league source, Duquette is still in the running for the Blue Jays president’s job. This is a sensitive subject and confidentiality has been very high. Orioles owner Peter Angelos doesn’t have..." January 11
things heating up for john axford. four teams in. blue jays are looking at the ontario native, among others.
Sportsnet.ca "Ryan Kalish is returning to free agency after he and the Toronto Blue Jays failed to complete the minor-league contract they agreed to last month. It’s unclear why the deal came apart. The outfielder appeared in 57 games with the Chicago Cubs last season and was likely headed to triple-A..." January 10
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
#Rays have had discussions with free agent Colby Rasmus, source says. They could add outfield bat, especially if they trade Zobrist.
Teenager Vlad Guerrero Jr. won't be able to sign until July 2 but sources say Angels, Mets & Blue Jays have already shown serious interest.
ESPN.com "The transition to a new year brought good news for Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, whose 2016 salary automatically became guaranteed Thursday with the passage of midnight and the arrival of 2015. The Blue Jays announced at the end of the regular season that Gibbons would return in 2015...." January 01
Masn "I'm still hearing that the Orioles don't have serious interest in free agent Ichiro Suzuki. However, they do hold legitimate interest in another left-handed hitting outfielder, Colby Rasmus, and have maintained a dialogue with agent Casey Close since the Winter Meetings in San Diego. This is..." December 31
k-rod is on jays radar, though toronto trying to trade for a closer first
Source: RHP Sergio Santos nearing deal with an NL West team. Expected to be minor league deal with incentives.
Toronto Star "Since the Blue Jays traded Aaron Hill to the Arizona Diamondbacks midway through the 2011 season, the club has used 14 different players at second base. The keystone corner has been a revolving door of disappointment and remains the Jays’ only vacancy among the starting nine. With pickings..." December 28
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
Hardball Talk "Andrew Albers is headed back to MLB after a rough 2014 season in Korea, signing a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays that includes an invitation to spring training. Albers debuted for the Twins in 2013 and held his own in 10 starts as a 27-year-old rookie, but with an Opening Day roster spot..." December 19
Hardball Talk "Toronto has signed outfielder Ryan Kalish to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Kalish came up through the Red Sox’s farm system and then signed with the Cubs last offseason, hitting .248 with zero homers and a .642 OPS in 57 games for Chicago." December 17
Source: #BlueJays to sign LHP Andrew Albers.
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
Sportsnet.ca "Melky Cabrera’s split from the Toronto Blue Jays, essentially decided when the team signed Russ Martin and traded for Michael Saunders, was finalized Sunday when the left-fielder reportedly reached agreement with the Chicago White Sox on a $42-million, three-year deal. The pending signing, yet..." December 15
Source tells me Melky Cabrera agrees to three year deal with WhSox pending physical .
Hardball Talk "Update (12:38 AM EST): Levine says the deal should be in the “$45 million range”. – Bruce Levine of 670 The Score is reporting that the White Sox have signed outfielder Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal, pending a physical. The specific terms of the contract are not yet known." December 14
ESPN.com "The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager, as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO, two industry sources told ESPN.com. Rizzo joins Baltimore's Dan Duquette, Minnesota's..." December 13