BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blue Jays Outright Chris Colabello, Andy Burns

The Blue Jays have cleared two 40-man roster spots by outrighting first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello and infielder Andy Burns, the club announced. Both have cleared waivers, per the organization.
Via MLB Trade Rumors
9 hours ago

Sanchez, Donaldson big winners at Blue Jays awards

AL ERA king Aaron Sanchez top pitcher and most improved player, Josh Donaldson voted team MVP.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Encarnacion slips further off Blue Jays’ radar: Griffin

Jays brass talk Jay Bruce, Michael Saunders at awards/MLB contract presser, but Edwin Encarnacion reunion long shot at best with winter meetings near.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

How the New CBA Affects the Blue Jays

Last week I wrote a speculative piece on how a potential 26th roster spot would affect the Blue Jays going forward. It was supposed to be the only lock in the new collective bargaining agreement. Well, the union and MLB finally agreed on the framework for a new CBA…and roster sizes are staying exactly the same. That being said, There are many other changes and it would be good...
Via BP Toronto
1 day ago

Report: Edwin Encarnacion unlikely to land with Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are seeking a designated hitter, but Edwin Encarnacion sounds unlikely to be the fit. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, a source indicated that the Red Sox “probably” would not sign Encarnacion, with whom they’ve been linked repeatedly. Boston, it is said, is looking for a more short-term commitment in their efforts to replace David Ortiz. Encarnacion...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Toronto Blue Jays

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Toronto Blue Jays. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Chicago NL / Washington. Batters The...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Meacham promoted to manage Buffalo, Blue Jays Triple-A team

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Bobby Meacham is moving up the Toronto Blue Jays coaching ranks after being named manager of the team's Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons. Meacham spent the past three years managing Toronto's Double-A affiliate in New Hampshire. The former major league infielder has 26 years of coaching experience, including 10 as a minor-league manager. He...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Sign Michael Ohlman, Jarrett Grube To Minors Deals

The Blue Jays announced on Monday that they’ve signed catcher Michael Ohlman and right-hander Jarrett Grube to minor league contracts and invited the pair to Major League Spring Training. [Related: Updated Toronto Blue Jays Depth Chart] Ohlman, 26 next month, has spent his career in the minor league systems of the Orioles and Cardinals. The former 11th-rounder reached Triple-A...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago

Report: Blue Jays offered Encarnacion four years, $80 mill

The Toronto Blue Jays are still doing their best to retain free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Monday, the Blue Jays have offered Encarnacion roughly $80 million over four years as they remain interested in keeping the three-time All-Star even after signing free agent designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Justice believes Blue Jays will look to fill holes internally first

MLB.com writer Richard Justice says he knows how Mark Shapiro does business, and believes he will look to fill most holes from within the organization first, fast tracking certain prospects before going the free agency route.
Via SportsNetCanada
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays officially sign Morales to three-year deal

TORONTO -- Though a reunion already looked unlikely after Kendrys Morales declined his mutual option with the Kansas City Royals earlier this month, the Royals can now rest assured that they'll need to find a new designated hitter for 2017.The Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a three-year, $33 million contract with Morales, and they say the deal lowers the chances that slugger Edwin...
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Is Sean Rodriguez Blue Jays’ next target?

MLB insider Shi Davidi tells Dean Blundell & Co. why Sean Rodriguez might be a perfect fit for the Blue Jays, and why the loss of both Bautista and Encarnacion would mean the club could be creative at the draft.
Via SportsNetCanada
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Toronto Blue Jays are swinging early in the offseason

The Toronto Blue Jays have already made two somewhat-impactful signings this offseason, by inking 33-year-old designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million deal, and 23-year-old infielder Lourdes Gurriel to a seven-year, $22 million deal. These two signings will not only bring quality bats for the present, but also for the future. Morales has been one of the most...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Argument Against Edwin Encarnacion

The title of this post serves is a warning, but not an absolute one. There’s a price at which just about any player becomes palatable. If Edwin Encarnacion were available to a team for just $1 this offseason, that team should sign him. For a number of reasons, Edwin Encarnacion will not be available for $1 this offseason. For a number of reasons, Edwin Encarnacion is going to earn...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays voice Jerry Howarth has cancer

Jerry Howarth, the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays has revealed he has prostate cancer. Howarth who called the Blue Jays in the ALCS told Canada’s CTV network that an MRI found the cancer after a biopsy did not find not. Howarth will undergo surgery next week to have a small tumor removed. The Blue Jays voice is supporting a study to determine whether MRI’s are more effective...
Via Awful Announcing
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini left hanging on high five by Jimmy Fallon

When in doubt, tweet at Josh Donaldson. Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini was potentially spotted getting left hanging on a high-five from Jimmy Fallon during a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. A keen Jays fan noticed a person who looked like Biagini sitting in the audience as Fallon went out to high-five the crowd. Joe Biagini needs Twitter so I can ask if this is him....
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Exit Interview: Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays had a memorable 2016. After an incredible Wild Card victory over the Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays met up with their rival Texas Rangers in the ALDS, sweeping them to make it to the AL Championship Series. However, the Blue Jays met their match against the Cleveland Indians, who won the AL Pennant over the Blue Jays in five games.Despite their success this...
Via The Sports Quotient
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Lourdes Gurriel and Three Other Cuban Prospects

The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a deal with 23-year-old Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on Friday. The deal was first reported by MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez and the terms of the contract — seven years, $22 million — was first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The reports I’ve gotten from international scouts regarding Gurriel are solid, if unspectacular. Scouts...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bautista will not accept qualifying offer from Blue Jays

Jose Bautista has played some of his best baseball in Toronto and recently turned 36, so there has been some speculation that he could consider accepting the one-year qualifying offer he received from the Blue Jays. That remains unlikely. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports is reporting that Bautista has no intention of accepting the $17.2 million offer. While he is open to remaining with...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves sign former Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey

The Atlanta Braves have made their first move of what promises to be an extremely active offseason for the struggling franchise. The team announced on Thursday that it has signed 42-year-old former Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to a one-year contract. It also includes a team option for the 2018 season. Welcome to #BravesCountry @RADickey43! #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/0gL6uVUmpK ...
Via Sportsnaut
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jose Bautista met with the Red Sox on Tuesday

It’s not yet known whether free agent outfielder Jose Bautista will leave the Toronto Blue Jays for greener pastures. We’re not far enough along in the process to draw a sound conclusion here. What we do know is that the six-time All-Star has already met with the division-rival Boston Red Sox. joey bats people had long meeting with boston official yesterday https://t.co/xDBMxVxSiT...
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss
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