Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • Dyson retires Bautista as Rangers nip Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Jose Bautista did not break open the game this time against Sam Dyson. In the first meeting between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays since the fifth and deciding game of the American League Division Series last October, Bautista faced Dyson with two runners on and no..." May 02

  • Cecil sets dubious record for April losses

    The Score "They say you can't win em' all, but in Brett Cecil's case, you don't win any. The Toronto Blue Jays lost 4-3 in walk-off fashion to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night, and on the mound for the loss was Cecil, who dropped his opening month record to 0-5, the most relief losses by a pitcher at..." May 01

  • Rays' Casali comes through with winning hit in ninth

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Curt Casali knew he was going to have to do something special to stand out during the home run-heavy game on Saturday night. So the Tampa Bay catcher came to the plate with the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning and lined a single just high enough to escape..." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Blue Jays simply can’t look to farm club for pitching help

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays are struggling to find quality outings from the bullpen and there doesn’t seem to be much help on the way, even if three injured relievers — Aaron Loup, Bo Schultz and Franklin Morales — return soon from the disabled list. Struggles? Consider that the Jays’ bullpen entered the..." April 28

  • Josh Donaldson: 'We need to re-evaluate some things'

    The Score "Though there are still 139 games to play, the exasperation of the Toronto Blue Jays is beginning to show. After being silenced two days in a row by Chicago White Sox starters Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, reigning AL MVP and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is calling on some of his..." April 28

  • Navarro powers White Sox past Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Dioner Navarro was behind the plate for many of Marco Estrada's starts last season when both were with the Toronto Blue Jays. Navarro is with the Chicago White Sox this season. Estrada had the better of his former battery mate in the first two at-bats when they confronted..." April 27

  • Blue Jays recall Tepera, option Venditte to triple-A

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays continue to search for answers in a bullpen that has struggled of late, promoting right-hander Ryan Tepera to take the place of the ambidextrous Pat Venditte Wednesday. Tepera’s most recent outing at triple-A was his worst of the season, with five runs and six hits allowed..." April 27

  • The Blue Jays still aren't offering enough to Edwin Encarnacion

    SB Nation "We knew the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion were not seeing eye to eye on a contract extension, if for no other reason than Encarnacion is not yet extended. His hope was to get talks out of the way before the regular season began, and, failing that, become a free agent at the end of the year,..." April 27

  • Chris Colabello on suspension: ‘I cried and cried and cried’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Major League Baseball last Friday announced that Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chis Colabello had been banned 80 games for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid sold under the name Turinabol. In an exclusive interview this week with Sportsnet, Colabello..." April 27

  • Sale guides White Sox to fifth win in row

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Chris Sale is off to a perfect start this season, and the Chicago White Sox are not far behind. The White Sox left-hander pitched eight innings, Avisail Garcia, Dioner Navarro and Adam Eaton hit home runs, and Chicago defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 Tuesday night. "Just..." April 26

  • Bautista picking his spots with throws in right field

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is being more selective about when he unleashes his throwing arm in right field, as his shoulder remains at about "85-90 per cent" of full strength after last year’s strain. The Toronto Blue Jays right-fielder, who has one outfield assist so far this season, suffered the injury..." April 26

  • Toronto willing to offer Jose Bautista an extension

    MLB Daily Dish "In late February, the baseball world was in a frenzy because of the reported "negotiations" between Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays. He wanted "Barry Bonds money" but Toronto was understandably skeptical of offering a 35 (and soon to be 36) year old outfielder a contract for five years north of..." April 26

  • Blue Jays offered Encarnacion a 2-year deal

    Bluebird Banter "Jon Heyman tells us (why is it always Heyman?) that the Blue Jays offered Edwin Encarnacion a two-year contract with 2 years of vesting options. I'll admit, that's the sort of contract I'd be trying to sell him on. If I am Edwin, I wouldn't be all that excited about it, figuring that I'd be sure..." April 26

  • GM Ross Atkins admits ‘concern’ over Blue Jays bullpen

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays fell back below .500 after the bullpen blew a 5-1 lead in the seventh inning Monday against the Chicago White Sox. When asked whether or not he’s concerned about the team’s relievers, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins told Dean Blundell & Co. Tuesday: “Yeah. There’s always..." April 26

  • Phil Coke returns as Yankees reassemble 2009 champs

    New York Post "The Yankees acquired lefty Phil Coke from the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League for cash. Coke appeared in 72 games for the 2009 World Series champion Yankees, and later was dealt to the Tigers as part of the three-team Curtis Granderson trade. He pitched in 18 games for the Cubs..." April 26

  • Five-run inning pushes White Sox past Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The word resiliency came up more than once in the Chicago White Sox clubhouse on Monday night. They were down 5-1 in the seventh inning to a strong right-handed starter in Marcus Stroman and found a way to win 7-5 over the Toronto Blue Jays. A two-run double by Todd Frazier..." April 25

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    As I just mentioned on @MLBNetwork, #STLCards and #BlueJays could become trade partners at deadline, given Cards' LHH 1B, Adams and Moss.

  • Rogers' ownership clouds Blue Jays coverage

    Awful Announcing "The Toronto Blue Jays have exploded onto the scene in the United States since ending their long playoff drought in 2015, but beyond the storylines of Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Marcus Stroman and the rest of their superstar lineup is their ownership with one of Canada’s largest sports..." April 25

  • Why failed drug test of Blue Jays’ Colabello is frustrating

    Sportsnet "Chris Colabello is not a bad person; his story of emerging from the wilderness of independent baseball was no less stirring on Friday than it was Thursday. But he is guilty of failing a drug test passed on multiple occasions every season by all but a handful of major leaguers so he is, in the very..." April 25

  • Hutchison helps Blue Jays defeat Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison made the most of his chance. Recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to make a spot start Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays right-hander allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win in a 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon Hutchison, who was..." April 24

  • Do the Phillies have a first baseman that would interest the Blue Jays?

    The Good Phight "Man, apparently the new drug of choice among Major League players is dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. It's a household name. On Friday, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello was suspended 80 games after testing positive for the drug favored by the former East Germans, the same drug..." April 24

  • Jays' offense heat up in win over A's

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- It has been a struggle for the Toronto Blue Jays' offense to regain that fearsome form it had last season. Manager John Gibbons hopes that the 9-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday afternoon was the start of a return to that form. In producing their highest run..." April 23

  • Colabello’s entire fairytale now under suspicion

    TSN "If you ever wondered why baseball players and pundits looked at Jose Bautista’s incredible career turnaround in 2010 and thought, “Surely this guy has to be taking drugs,” you need look no further than baseball's newest cheat, Chris Colabello. For every player out there who “figures it out”..." April 23

  • Chris Colabello Receives 80-Game PED Suspension

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello has received an 80-game PED suspension, per a league announcement. The 32-year-old’s roster spot will go to southpaw Chad Girodo, as Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca tweets. Even before today’s news, things hadn’t gone as hoped for the..." April 23

  • Athletics stay perfect on road with win over Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Oakland Athletics are road warriors. They are undefeated in seven road games this season after they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 on Friday night to extend their winning streak to six games, the first two at home. "It was no secret that we struggled the first seven..." April 22

  • Colabello releases heartfelt statement following PED ban

    The Score "Chris Colabello released a statement in the minutes following his suspension Friday for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, but fell just short of an apology. The league hit the 32-year-old with an 80-game ban a little more than a month after he says he tested positive. "On March 13, I..." April 22

  • Blue Jays, Bourn agree to minor-league deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran outfielder Michael Bourn to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported Friday. Bourn, a left-handed hitter, played all three outfield positions in 2015, but struggled at the plate, batting .238 with a .592 OPS for the Indians and..." April 22

  • Machado knocks in winning run as Orioles edge Jays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE --The Baltimore Orioles wasted a number of scoring chances in Thursday's series finale against Toronto. However, Manny Machado came through at the right time and helped the Orioles to a big early-season victory. Machado continued his April hot streak with two hits, the second being..." April 21

  • Orioles manufacture extra-inning win vs. Jays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles already have shown they are one of the top teams in the major leagues when it comes to power hitting, but they are not just relying on home runs to win games. The Orioles manufactured a two-out rally in the bottom of the 10th inning that ended when Caleb..." April 21

  • Rob Manfred says MLB expansion coming 'in the longer term'

    Sporting News "While acknowledging that having 32 teams in Major League Baseball would make scheduling easier than the current 30-team setup in which daily interleague play is required, commissioner Rob Manfred is being careful not to get anyone’s hopes up too high that a new team soon will be coming to their..." April 21

  • MLB remains unbalanced as female umpires strike out

    The Sports Quotient "In 2015, the NFL introduced its first female referee into the league and joined the NBA as the only two major professional sports with women officiating regular-season games. Although female participation in all levels of professional sports has increased since the passing of Title IX almost 40..." April 19

  • Trades MLB Teams Should Already Be Thinking About for 2016

    Bleacher Report "Though they're rare, trades in the first few weeks of an MLB season do occasionally take place. We need only look back to last season for evidence, as Atlanta traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego just a few games after Opening Day. So it's never too early to start looking at..." April 19

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    Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi

    Roberto Osuna had blister pop on right middle finger on Shaw HR yesterday. Was bleeding as he finished game. Thinks he'll be ready tomorrow

  • Blue Jays rally to beat Red Sox on Patriots' Day

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- A pair of Ethiopians took the men's and women's titles at the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, but the Toronto Blue Jays won a marathon of their own at Fenway Park. Russell Martin came through with a two-out, two run single in the eighth inning that capped a four-run frame, and the..." April 18

  • Sanchez leads Blue Jays past Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Aaron Sanchez's laissez-faire approach paid off for the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Sanchez had reason to be uptight, having pitched well in both of his first two starts this season but emerging without a win in each because of lackluster run support. This time around,..." April 18

  • Red Sox pitcher buys Blue Jays' Colabello a gift after beaning him

    CBS Sports "Sunday afternoon, the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park (TOR 5, BOS 3), and there was a scary moment in the fourth inning. BoSox righty Steven Wright hit Jays first baseman Chris Colabello in the helmet with a fastball. Here's the video: Colabello, after being looked at by the..." April 18

  • Gibbons: I don't care if Tulowitzki doesn't get another hit all year

    Gammons Daily "Less than a 16th of the season had passed Friday night, and Troy Tulowitzki was hitting .139. “I don’t care,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, “if he doesn’t get another hit all season. His defense is that good.” “Of course,” laughed Gibbons, “he will get another hit.” A week and a half..." April 17

  • Red Sox's Price defeats former Toronto teammates

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- This is just the way the Boston Red Sox drew it up after they signed David Price and traded for Craig Kimbrel during Dave Dombrowski's first offseason as the team's president. Seven strong innings from Price, a setup inning from Koji Uehara and a powerful close by Kimbrel throwing..." April 16

  • Blue Jays top prospect rehabs knee, tries to avoid surgery

    The Score "The top prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization hurt his knee, and the club has done a good job of keeping the severity of the injury on the down-low. Anthony Alford was hurt sliding into home in Single-A Dunedin's opener on April 7, and hasn't played since. The Blue Jays said they're..." April 16

  • Which manager is the likeliest to get fired?

    MLB Daily Dish "As the season gets underway, an inevitable outcome is that various teams don't meet their expectations. That can mean a number of different things such as a subpar record, or young players failing to take the next step. Regardless of what the exact reason is, failing to meet predetermined goals..." April 16

  • Porcello, Red Sox defeat visiting Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- It really is no secret that the Boston Red Sox need Rick Porcello if they are going to rebound from their second straight last-place finish and compete in 2016. Friday night, Porcello, just starting his five-year, $82.5 million contract extension the Sox gave him before he'd thrown..." April 15

  • Stroman, Blue Jays hold down Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- John Gibbons calls Marcus Stroman "a ground-ball machine." The Toronto Blue Jays manager watched his star right-hander induce 17 ground-ball outs and hold the New York Yankees to three hits and two runs in eight innings Thursday night. Josh Donaldson took care of the rest,..." April 14

  • How do these MLB finales rank vs. Kobe's last game?

    The Score "On Wednesday night, after spending the preceding six months negotiating his own mortality on an exhausting farewell tour, Kobe Bryant - the ferocious, indelible five-time NBA champion - gave everyone one more evening of the Black Mamba, dropping 60 points before an incredulous crowd at Staples..." April 14

  • Blue Jays pull away from Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Left-hander J.A. Happ was able to limit the damage and the Toronto Blue Jays were able to inflict some of their own. The result was a 7-2 victory for the Toronto Blue Jays over the New York Yankees on Wednesday. "I think the best thing about tonight is that I was to make..." April 13

  • Yankees shut door late to beat Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- When the New York Yankees take the lead late in the game, they are going to be difficult to beat, even though they are without hard-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman, who is sitting out a 30-game suspension. The Toronto Blue Jays know that only too well, and it happened again..." April 13

  • VIDEO: Fists fly in stands at Yankees-Blue Jays game

    The Score "Tuesday's divisional matchup between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays turned hostile when several fans became involved in a fight during the series opener at Rogers Centre. The video shows fans outfitted in both Yankees and Blue Jays apparel exchanging punches before security steps in..." April 13