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WATCH: Stroman: Best rotation in baseball, hands down

Marcus Stroman says he'd argue day in and day out that the Blue Jays have the best rotation in baseball, also says he worked unbelievably hard this offseason on his body and all his pitches.
Via SportsNetCanada
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

The 90th Percentile Blue Jays

Baseball Prospectus released their PECOTA projections for the 2017 season earlier this month, and in the aggregate, they weren’t so kind to the Toronto Blue Jays, projecting an 81-81 record for a team that has made it to the ALCS in two straight seasons. Mike Passador already broke down the individual projections in this same space a couple of weeks ago, so I won’t do that here...
Via BP Toronto
22 hours ago

The Toronto Blue Jays might actually have a good bullpen

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-handed pitcher Mat Latos to a minor-league deal. This is not a flashy move by any stretch, but it shows that the Blue Jays are addressing a need. The recently signed both Joe Smith and J.P. Howell to major league deals. I love to see the team realizing it has a need in their team and then they go ahead and address it. Teams like the New York...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Morales thinks his production will increase at the Rogers Centre

Kendrys Morales talks about joining the Toronto Blue Jays and why he thinks his production will increase this season.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Donaldson talks about his calf-strain and his timeline to return

Josh Donaldson talks with the media about his calf strain, how it happened and why he is happy that spring training is long.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jays' Josh Donaldson misses workout with calf injury

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto slugger Josh Donaldson missed the team's first full-squad workout Saturday because of a calf injury. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the third baseman tweaked his right calf while running sprints a day earlier. He was scheduled for an MRI and further evaluation. Donaldson injured the same calf last April but did not miss any significant time. Donaldson...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Network Ranks Josh Donaldson as the Third Best Player in Baseball

Josh Donaldson plays for the Toronto Blue Jays. Yes, Josh Donaldson plays for the Toronto Blue Jays. Every so often, it bears repeating … because the Blue Jays employ one of the best baseball specimens in the game today. MLB Network concluded its list of the Top 100 Players in MLB Right Now – which included Blue Jays Troy Tulowitzki (88th) and Aaron Sanchez (78th) – but none...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
2 days ago

Blue Jays’ Happ has 20-20 vision

Starter knows following up on 20-win season won't be easy.
Via Toronto Star
3 days ago

Tulowitzki’s big-league dream comes full circle with Blue Jays: Griffin

Troy Tulowitzki mentors next generation of shortstops and hopes to go where Cal Ripken and A-Rod couldn't.
Via Toronto Star
4 days ago

Gibbons, Blue Jays have higher hopes

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is determined to guide his team into its third consecutive AL Championship Series. And to finally win it. Recent flirtations with a pennant were satisfying for a franchise that failed to reach the postseason even once after winning a pair of consecutive World Series titles nearly a quarter-century ago. Gibbons wants greater...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

What are realistic expectations for the Toronto Blue Jays?

The Toronto Blue Jays enter 2017 without one of their most potent bats in Edwin Encarnación. Edwin left the team to join the Cleveland Indians, and the Jays are now going to have to find ways to make up for his departure. They brought in designated hitter Kendrys Morales, who has been a very consistent DH for the past few years, but it is unrealistic to think he will be able to...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bautista back, Encarnacion gone from retooled Blue Jays

Only one of the two sluggers who helped turn the Toronto Blue Jays into a contender will still be playing ball north of the border this season. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it's not the one they wanted the most. Edwin Encarnacion, whose 11th-inning home run beat Baltimore in last year's AL wild-card game, called Toronto his ''first choice'' in free agency following a Championship...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays boost their bullpen

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed left-handed relief pitcher J.P. Howell to a one-year deal worth $3 million. Howell spent the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. During those four years, Howell pitched to a pretty spectacular 2.49 ERA over 205.2 innings pitched. Last season was less than spectacular for the lefty however, as his ERA climbed to 4.09. The Blue Jays are...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles' Chris Davis: Jose Bautista is ‘easy to dislike’

Chris Davis made it pretty clear on Saturday that he’s no fan of Jose Bautista.Bautista re-signed with the Toronto Blue Jays two weeks ago after going a few months on the free agent market. There was some speculation that the Baltimore Orioles would have interest in Bautista, but that didn’t end up happening.Instead, Bautista will remain with Baltimore’s AL East rival, and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 1/27: Prepping for a weekend of battles

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Happy birthday to Chris Collinsworth, Brian Engblom, Matt Stover and Gavin Floyd. On this date in 1969 Chuck Noll was named the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team has only had two other head coaches since then.Daily brain workoutName every head coach in the history of the Pittsburgh...
Via Yardbarker
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays, Jose Bautista reportedly agree to one-year deal with mutual option

Joey Bats is back in Toronto. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, six-time All-Star slugger Jose Bautista has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Blue Jays. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com adds that the deal contains a pair of mutual options that could keep Bautista in Toronto through 2019. Meanwhile, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Bautista will get...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Phillies Get High-Risk Michael Saunders on Low-Risk Deal

Even on a deal as short as the one to which the Phillies and Michael Saunders agreed this week — he’ll reportedly get $9 million for one year and the club will have the option to re-up him at something like $11 to 14 million — two relevant questions emerge immediately. One: is Saunders healthy enough to believe in? And two: will the power he exhibited last year reappear in...
Via Fangraphs
January 17, 2017  |  Discuss
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