BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Scouting Newly Acquired Padres Prospect Hansel Rodriguez

San Diego’s sole return for Melvin Upton Jr. is 19-year old Dominican righty, Hansel Rodriguez. This trade’s roots run back to 2013, when the Blue Jays selected LHP Brian Moran in the 2013 Rule 5 draft and immediately flipped him to the Angels for $240,000 worth of international pool money, which was added to the yet-to-be-spent $127,000 they had remaining from that year’s...
Via Fangraphs
18 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit thinks Jays move comes at right time

Right-handed reliever joins Jays in trade that sends fellow right-hander Drew Storen to Seattle Mariners
Via Toronto Star
40 minutes ago

Padres try avoid sweep from Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Melvin Upton Jr.'s first game for his new team likely will be against the team he just left.Upton is expected to start in right field Wednesday afternoon for the Toronto Blue Jays against the San Diego Padres with Jose Bautista, just coming off a toe injury, possibly starting at DH. Like all lineup proposals, it is subject to change but the Blue Jays did acquire Upton...
Via FOX Sports
2 hours ago

Wild pitch caps wild comeback for Blue Jays in 12th inning

Sitting at third base in the 12th inning, Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis said he visualized the perfect ending ... then capitalized when it unfolded in front of his eyes.Travis broke for home on San Diego Padres reliever Paul Clemens' wild pitch and scored the winning run in a 7-6 comeback victory on Tuesday night in Toronto."I was kinda dreaming of that scenario...
Via FOX Sports
5 hours ago

WATCH: Gibbons: That was some kind of at-bat by Travis

John Gibbons was impressed by Devon Travis' 12th inning at-bat on Tuesday, while also explained his decision to put Edwin Encarnacion in at first, relinquishing the DH spot.
Via SportsNetCanada
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen swap: Blue Jays send Storen to Mariners for Benoit

TORONTO (AP) Looking to better their bullpen, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Joaquin Benoit from the Seattle Mariners for fellow right-hander Drew Storen and cash in a swap of struggling relievers. The busy Blue Jays announced the trade Tuesday night, minutes after rallying to beat San Diego 7-6 in 12 innings. It was their second deal of the day: Hours earlier, Toronto obtained...
Via Associated Press
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Blue Jays 7, Padres 6; Toronto Wins a Wild One

The Toronto Blue Jays and the San Diego Padres played the middle game of the three game series Tuesday night. Prior to the 7:07 PM ET start there was big news surrounding these teams. The Blue Jays acquired outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and a lot of cas, from the Padres for Single-A pitcher Hansel Rodriguez. Upton didn’t start in this game, but did make his way into it in the later...
Via BP Toronto
14 hours ago

Blue Jays rally to take down Padres in 12th on wild pitch

After falling behind in the top of the 12th, Jays rally back in the bottom half to win 7-6.
Via Toronto Star
14 hours ago

Blue Jays agree to acquire Melvin Upton

The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). An A-ball prospect is headed back in the deal, per the report, with financial considerations remaining unknown. The swap is likely to be finalized today, says Rosenthal, who had reported last night that Toronto was in the lead to add Upton...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago  |  Discuss

On Bobbleheads, Kevin Pillar, and Fandom

Sunday was a special one on the Blue Jays calendar. Kevin Pillar had his own bobblehead day. It’s such a mundane item, and yet it means so much. Role players don’t get bobbleheads. Players with off of the field issues don’t get bobbleheads. Players being shuffled back and forth to the minor leagues don’t get bobbleheads. Only the best, most fan friendly players get bobbleheads...
Via BP Toronto
1 day ago

WATCH: Grilli: Always special to have family to see you perform

Jason Grilli's family was in town on Monday and got to see him pitch in the eighth inning for the Toronto Blue Jays, something that the reliever felt was special to have experienced.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gibbons fed up with 'Sanchez to bullpen' questions

John Gibbons figures he had answered maybe 5000 questions about Aaron Sanchez's possible move to the bullpen, and is putting his foot down, stating he won't be answering those questions anymore.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Slugger Jose Bautista returns to Blue Jays lineup

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and will lead off against San Diego on Monday night. Catcher Russell Martin, who missed the past three games with a sore left knee, is also back in the lineup as the Blue Jays welcome the Padres to Toronto for the first time. Outfielder Junior Lake was designated for assignment to...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays cut Drew Storen, recall Ryan Tepera

TORONTO (AP) Struggling relief pitcher Drew Storen had been designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays, who recalled right-hander Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo. Toronto acquired Storen from Washington in January for outfielder Ben Revere, hoping the former closer would be a valuable option in late-inning situations. Instead, Storen went 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA and three...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin day-to-day after sauna-related mishap

There is an epidemic of weird injuries ripping through baseball, with Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin the latest victim. According to manager John Gibbons, Martin will miss a few days after injuring his knee in the shower — because he became lightheaded from staying in the sauna for too long. Gibbons on Martin:Russ was in sauna yesterday, was in too long, got lightheaded...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson washes his hair in dugout

Reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson practically turned Chase Field from a ballpark to a waterpark Tuesday night when he washed his hair in the dugout during the Blue Jays’ game against the Diamondbacks. Sure, a team from Canada was playing in the desert, but the roof was closed. So the players were shielded from the 80-degree weather outside. Even if the players did have...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays want to give Bautista ‘Cespedes type deal’

The Toronto Blue Jays and pending free agent Jose Bautista are far apart in contract talks. Bautista reportedly wants $150 million over five years. The Blue Jays are offering much less. Toronto is said to be looking at a three-year contract that would pay him around $25 million per (via Jon Heyman, FanRag Sports). Said three-year deal would bank Bautista the same type of cash...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: MLB to look into David Ortiz’s comments for tampering

Big Papi could be in a little trouble for having a big mouth. Major League Baseball might not be feeling the same love for David Ortiz that everyone at Petco Park did during the All-Star Game. The Red Sox slugger could face discipline for tampering after saying that Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion would make a good replacement for him when he retires after this...
Via The Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

What Did the Blue Jays Do to Ezequiel Carrera?

Not too long ago, I wrote about how the Blue Jays have gotten back to hitting the snot out of the ball. That shouldn’t be too surprising — a year ago, the Blue Jays hit the snot out of the ball. There was something in there, though, I’ve had trouble shaking. I included it as just a throwaway remark, but with Jose Bautista sidelined for the past few weeks, Ezequiel Carrera has...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Don Cherry: “left wing weirdos” are happy about “All Lives Matter” anthem

“Hockey Night In Canada” personality Don Cherry’s political opinions are often just as loud as his suits, whether he’s bashing Canada staying out of Iraq or blasting “left-wing pinkos” at Rob Ford’s mayoral election, and they’re sometimes as poorly-considered. His latest such effort on that front came on Twitter Wednesday in response to a “lone wolf” member of...
Via Awful Announcing
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Encarnacion’s agent says he won’t negotiate contract

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion is set to be one of the top free agents on the market this coming offseason. According to his agent, Paul Kizner, Encarnacion has no plans on signing a deal with Toronto before the season begins. “Once the season started, we were not going to negotiate,” Kinzer said, via Jon Heyman, FanRag Sports. “He thought it was a distraction...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar Is Muscling Up, But to No Avail

In his first year as an everyday center fielder in 2015, Kevin Pillar put up the kind of defensive numbers that make folks question defensive numbers. Pillar was a below-average hitter who finished the season with the same WAR as Miguel Cabrera, thanks to his gaudy defensive runs saved totals. The talk of the offseason, regarding Pillar, then became, “Well, if he can just become...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays rotation deserves credit for club’s rise back to contention

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in contention, sitting 11 games over .500 (51-40) after a so-so start to the season. Most of the accolades have been given to the teams powerful lineup, which is fair considering Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki have been incredible as the season progressed. Perhaps the most surprising reason Toronto has both survived and returned...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the players who have had 30 or more home runs in a season with the Toronto Blue Jays

A player on the Toronto Blue Jays has hit 30 or more home runs in a season 43 times. How many of these Canadian clobberers can you name? Clue: Number of home runs - year
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Estrada to miss All-Star Game after being placed on DL

Thanks to a dazzling age-33 campaign, Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada should have been taking the hill for the AL All-Stars in this year’s Midsummer Classic. But alas, it was not meant to be. According to a report by Barry Davis of Sportsnet on Wednesday, Estrada has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with lingering back pain, making him ineligible to pitch in the All...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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