Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Jose Bautista, Nationals rumour ‘makes zero sense

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista‘s future with the Toronto Blue Jays remains up in the air, but it remains extremely unlikely the club moves the pending free agent before the Aug 1. non-waiver trade deadline. A report surfaced Wednesday night from Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post that the Washington Nationals..." July 28

  • Blue Jays to sign veteran catcher Erik Kratz to minor-league deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are adding some needed catching depth by agreeing to a minor-league deal with veteran Erik Kratz, an industry source told Sportsnet. Kratz, who played for the Blue Jays in 2014, is expected to join the triple-A Buffalo Bisons Thursday and provide protection at a position..." July 28

  • Blue Jays rally in 12th inning, stun Padres

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The San Diego Padres extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive games Tuesday night and had a right to think that it would be enough to earn a win against the Toronto Blue Jays. Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning against Jesse Chavez to hand San..." July 27

  • Padres extend homer streak to beat Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- San Diego Padres manager Andy Green says he does not like to think about his team's home run streak that reached 25 games Wednesday afternoon in the 8-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. He would rather think about the improvement his club has made in its approach at the plate..." July 27

  • Report: Nationals have inquired about Bautista

    The Score "The Washington Nationals' primary focus is on the bullpen heading into the non-waiver trade deadline, though general manager Mike Rizzo appears to be eyeing some outfield offense as well. Rizzo has reportedly inquired about Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, sources told Barry Svrluga..." July 27

  • Mariners acquire reliever Drew Storen and cash from the Blue Jays in exchange for Joaquin Benoit

    Seattle Times "The Mariners and Blue Jays swapped struggling veteran relievers in the hopes that a new team and new location might find the success that has escaped each of them season. Following the Mariners’ 7-4 win in Pittsburgh, reliever Joaquin Benoit packed his things in the visitors clubhouse at PNC..." July 27

  • Sanchez 1st Blue Jays pitcher to win 10 straight since Halladay

    The Score "Aaron Sanchez joined an elite group of Toronto Blue Jays pitchers Monday night. With Toronto's 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres, Sanchez notched his 11th win of the season. In the process, he became the first pitcher in club history to win 10 consecutive decisions since Roy Halladay claimed 15..." July 26

  • Bautista insists no extra precautions necessary as he rejoins Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista insists no extra precautions will be necessary as he rejoins the Toronto Blue Jays after a five-week layoff with turf toe. "I’m going to go out there and play baseball," the right-fielder said before Monday’s series opener against the San Diego Padres. "That’s about as honest as..." July 26

  • Blue Jays GM: We're not done making moves

    The Score "As he fielded questions from reporters Tuesday afternoon about his club's acquisition of Melvin Upton Jr. from earlier in the day, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins made it clear that with the non-waiver trade deadline looming, there's still more work to be done. "We're not done in..." July 26

  • Blue Jays agree to deal for Melvin Upton Jr.

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a trade with the San Diego Padres for outfielder Melvin Upton Jr., Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on Tuesday morning. Upton Jr., sat out Monday night’s game for the Padres, a 4-2 victory for the Blue Jays. While pitching remains the most obvious..." July 26

  • Sanchez sharp again as Jays down Padres

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez's success is prompting a subject that Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons tired of discussing. Sanchez is pitching brilliantly in his first full season as a starter, but the time is looming when he might have to go to the bullpen to limit his innings as a way of..." July 25

  • Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar is letting fans vote on his walk-up song

    Fox Sports "If you'd like to play deejay for a major leaguer, here's your chance. The Players' Tribune has published the five songs selected Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar's teammates, one of which will serve as his walk-up song. They are: Go Hard or Go Home by E-40, Put On by Jeezy and Kanye West, Ride..." July 25

  • Blue Jays’ benefits from Storen trade didn’t come on the mound

    Sportsnet "The payoff from the acquisition of Drew Storen didn’t come from the right-hander’s work on the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays. There’s no way to sugar-coat it — that end of the deal worked out terribly, given the role he was expected to fill. Rather, the reward from Storen’s time with the Blue..." July 24

  • Blue Jays' Happ beats Mariners for 13th win

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- J.A. Happ admitted it felt a little strange pitching against the Seattle Mariners, the team he was with for much of last season. "You try to put that out of your mind," the Toronto Blue Jays left-hander said. "But after being in that dugout for four months, it felt a little..." July 24

  • Drew Storen never adjusted to role with Blue Jays

    Toronto Sun "Just before Drew Storen made his way out of the Blue Jays clubhouse on Sunday morning, he stopped and had a chat with the team’s closer Roberto Osuna. The two then embraced and Storen made his way to the exit, not before being stopped by a couple of writers who asked the right-handed reliever..." July 24

  • Cruz's two homers, 7 RBIs lead Mariners past Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- With the way Hasashi Iwakuma has been pitching these days, he does not need lot of support from his hitters. Needed, or not, he got plenty on Saturday afternoon. Nelson Cruz hit two home runs, including the ninth grand slam of his career, and had seven runs batted in to lead the..." July 23

  • Blue Jays talking with Padres about Cashner, Upton

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays are battling the Baltimore Orioles in the standings and trade market, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, who reports the AL East rivals are among the clubs discussing a trade for Padres outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. Toronto is also reported to have held dialogue with..." July 23

  • Blue Jays weigh obvious and obscure avenues at deadline

    Sportsnet "Trade talks are picking up around the majors ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline, and the Toronto Blue Jays are looking at both obvious and obscure ways to improve the team. “I know they’re looking,” manager John Gibbons said Friday. “Everything’s started to heat up.” “They’re getting..." July 23

  • Blue Jays Bobblehead Giveaway Game Tops Upcoming Weekend Slate On Secondary Ticket Market

    Black Sports Online "The summer is heating up, which means that the divisional races in both leagues are hotly contested, and the games are becoming a little more important as we draw into the second half of the season. Two of baseball’s best teams, the Boston Red Sox (53-39) and Chicago Cubs (57-37), find..." July 23

  • Jose Bautista: I’m ready to return to the Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is starting to feel like his old self. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, who has been out since mid-June with turf toe, acknowledged his toe isn’t yet 100 per cent but he feels he’s healthy enough to come up to the big-leagues once he completes his rehab assignment this weekend..." July 23

  • Blue Jays activate Estrada and Morales, option Loup and Burns

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have activated right-hander Marco Estrada and left-hander Franklin Morales from the disabled list prior to Friday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Left-handed reliever Aaron Loup and utility infielder Andy Burns have been sent to triple-A Buffalo, while right-hander..." July 22

  • Martin out a couple days after injuring knee in sauna mishap

    The Score "With just under three months left in the regular season, some of the Toronto Blue Jays are starting to feel the heat in more ways than one." July 22

  • Blue Jays scout Cashner, Sabathia

    Today's Knuckleball "The Blue Jays sent scouts to watch at least CC Sabathia and Andrew Cashner Thursday in what may be an indication they will follow through on their plan to move All-Star starter Aaron Sanchez into the bullpen. The Jays are weighing both starters and relievers but are said to be concerned about..." July 22

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • Sanchez, Jays cruise past Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, and Aaron Sanchez won his American League-high ninth consecutive decision in the Toronto Blue Jays' 5-1 interleague victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday at Chase Field. Encarnacion hit his 25th homer of the season with two outs..." July 20

  • Jays' Encarnacion homers in win at Arizona

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- The way free agent-to-be first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hits in Chase Field, it might make a comfy new home. If only Arizona Diamondbacks four-time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt did not play the same position. "The problem is ... they have Goldschmidt here," Toronto Blue Jays manager..." July 20

  • Donaldson, Blue Jays bash way past D-backs

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson has not played at Chase Field much, so he was not sure if his homer in the first inning had the distance. It did, of course. He seems to be at his best in interleague play. Donaldson doubled, homered and drove in three runs and Edwin..." July 20

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • Bautista set to rehab with Bisons

    TSN "Jose Bautista will suit up for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Friday as part of his rehab assignment. The Blue Jays outfielder will also play for Single-A Dunedin on Wednesday to test his turf toe injury. The injury has forced the 35-year-old slugger to miss the last 26 games. Toronto has..." July 20

  • Bautista could return from toe injury Monday

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays could welcome Jose Bautista back into their lineup as early as Monday, as the six-time All-Star continues to make progress from a toe injury and will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. Bautista's been sidelined since June 16 after jamming his big..." July 19

  • Colabello unsure what to expect from fans after ‘difficult’ suspension

    Sportsnet "Chris Colabello is inching closer to the end of his 80-game suspension, but he isn’t sure how he’ll be received by Toronto Blue Jays fans when he eventually returns to the MLB level. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it,” Colabello said Monday in a guest appearance on the Andrew..." July 18

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Atkins: Red Sox’ Pomeranz trade reflects seller’s market

    Sportsnet "Rather than raising the bar, Toronto Blue Jays general Ross Atkins feels the steep price paid by the Boston Red Sox for Drew Pomeranz is simply reflective of the current trade market rate for starting pitching. The Red Sox acquired the all-star left-hander from the San Diego Padres on Thursday..." July 17

  • Donaldson burns old team as Blue Jays top A's

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND -- As if the Oakland A's needed another reminder of how much they miss Josh Donaldson, he gave them one Sunday. Donaldson, the reigning American League MVP, lined a two-run, tie-breaking double with two outs in the top of the ninth inning against his former team, and the Toronto Blue..." July 17

  • A's start second half with 8-7 win over Jays

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's kicked off the second half of the season with a powerful statement and an emotional 8-7 comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night at Oakland Coliseum. Josh Reddick, Khris Davis and Stephen Vogt -- the A's second, third and fourth hitters..." July 16

  • Atkins: Smoak extension doesn't impact ability to sign Encarnacion

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins attempted to make it abundantly clear that the signing of first baseman Justin Smoak to an extension in no way handcuffs the team moving forward. "It has no impact on our ability to sign Edwin Encarnacion, or anyone else for that matter," Atkins..." July 16

  • Jays’ Justin Smoak signs two-year contract extension

    ESPN "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a two-year extension worth $8.25 million, the team announced Saturday." July 16

  • Report: Jays show interest in Beltran, Upton

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays could be in the market for outfield help. After Jon Heyman reported on the team's renewed interest in Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce last week, ESPN's Jim Bowden reported on Friday that the team has had internal discussions about New York Yankees All-Star outfielder..." July 16

  • Colabello set to report to AAA Bisons

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays infielder Chris Colabello is scheduled to join the Buffalo Bisons on assignment Monday. Colabello, who was suspended for 80 games in April after testing positive for an anabolic steroid, is currently rehabbing with Single-A Dunedin, where he has doubled in both games he’s..." July 15

  • Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ isn't a big fan of the bagged milk sold in Canada

    SB Nation "If you're in the United States and you go to buy milk at the store, it comes in a carton. It might be a quart or a half-gallon or a gallon or any other size. It may come in a plastic carton or a paper carton. Regardless of the size or material, milk always comes in a carton. Not in..." July 15

  • Blue Jays interested in ‘Cespedes-type deal’ for Bautista

    Today's Knuckleball "Two of the Toronto Blue Jays’ big sluggers are due to be free agents at the end of the year. Edwin Encarnacion has made it clear that he won’t negotiate in season, but what does the future hold for Jose Bautista? Bautista is known to want $150 million for five years, as first reported by Rick..." July 14

  • MLB to examine Ortiz's Encarnacion comments for tampering

    The Score "David Ortiz's public comments on his preferred replacement may have gotten him in a bit of trouble with Major League Baseball. The league is reportedly expected to look into the Boston Red Sox slugger's post-All-Star Game comments where he openly lobbied for Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter..." July 14

  • Edwin Encarnacion ideal successor for David Ortiz in Boston

    USA Today "While holding court with news reporters after departing from his final All-Star Game on Tuesday, David Ortiz explained why he’s retiring, then briefly turned his attention to the player he sees as his ideal successor as the Boston Red Sox designated hitter. “The Red Sox know they need to bring..." July 14

  • Latest On Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion isn’t interested in discussing a new deal during the season, his agent Paul Kinzer tells Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports. Encarnacion is set to reach the open market at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. A team source tells Heyman that the organization has at..." July 13

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • 10 starting pitchers Blue Jays could potentially target at trade deadline

    Sportsnet "Aaron Sanchez remains a major variable for the Toronto Blue Jays as they approach the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. If the Blue Jays move Sanchez to the bullpen later in the season, as they initially indicated, the club would be relatively thin in terms of rotation depth beyond their..." July 13

  • Ortiz: Red Sox should sign Encarnacion, trade for Fernandez

    The Score "With only a few months left in his illustrious career, David Ortiz continues to lobby the Boston Red Sox to replace him with Edwin Encarnacion after he retires. Following his early departure from Tuesday's All-Star Game at Petco Park, Ortiz reiterated that the Red Sox should go out this winter..." July 13

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12