BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blue Jays Add RHP Glenn Sparkman in Rule 5 Draft

As is customary Winter Meetings procedure, the Rule 5 Draft was held this morning in Washington D.C., with teams able to take a flyer on select minor leaguers for a price of only $100,000, but must keep them on the roster all season. The Blue Jays took advantage of this last season and struck gold with reliever Joe Biagini, and they hope they have done so again with Glenn Sparkman...
Via BP Toronto
2 days ago

Artificial Turf Wars Ep. 39: A Pearce-ing Winter Win

Greg, Josh, and Nick break down the happenings (and not) from the Winter Meetings in Washington, D.C. They start by discussing the value of recent Blue Jays signing Steve Pearce, then look at the fallout from the Chris Sale trade, Edwin Encarnacion’s market crash, Dexter Fowler rumours, Ian Desmond’s bizarre contract from the Rockies, and a minor league signing. Finally, the...
Via BP Toronto
2 days ago

WATCH: Shapiro: Signing Encarnacion improbable, Bautista “one of our options”

Mark Shapiro talked to Hazel Mae and laid out the Blue Jays’ plans as best he could, touching on potentially signing Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.
Via SportsNetCanada
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles GM won't pursue Jose Bautista because 'our fans do not like' him

Jose Bautista is a highly sought-after free agent on baseball's open market right now, but there's one team that's not interested ... and for a pretty surprising reason.This week, reports surfaced that the Baltimore Orioles told Bautista's camp that they're not pursuing the power-hitting outfielder because the team's fans don't like him. On Wednesday, the team's general manager...
Via FOX Sports
3 days ago

Ross Atkins Name-Drops Potential Outfield Options for the Blue Jays

When Alex Anthopoulos used to be General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, he was like a locked vault; he had this magical way of answering a question without really saying anything at all. To some degree, it’s important skill for a GM to have. Ross Atkins on the other hand, sometimes likes to leave the door open a little bit; he gives reporters or listeners the odd morsel of information...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
3 days ago

WATCH: Blue Jays "absolutely could" land big bullpen arm in this market

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins says they're not as aggressively pursuing some of the big bullpen arms via free agency or trade, but are certainly open to it.
Via SportsNetCanada
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers have reportedly been in touch with Jose Bautista

Could a move from the AL East to the NL West be in store for Jose Bautista? Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been in touch with Bautista. Griffin does add though that talks are on hold until the trade market further plays out and that the Dodgers, who are projected to be over $200 million in team payroll in 2017, may have...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Benoit, Phillies finalize $7.5 million, 1-year contract

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) Reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Philadelphia Phillies have finalized a $7.5 million, one-year contract. Benoit, a 39-year-old right-hander, has had an ERA under 3.00 for six of the past seven years. He was 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA last season, including a 0.38 ERA after the Toronto Blue Jays acquired him from Seattle on July 26 for reliever Drew Storen. He averaged...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Morosi: Blue Jays fast pace caught Edwin’s camp by surprise

MLB analyst Jon Paul Morosi thinks Edwin Encarnacion’s camp envisioned more of a back-and-forth with the Blue Jays front office, and weren’t prepared for them to move on so quickly.
Via SportsNetCanada
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kendrys Morales’ Breaking Ball Breakout

One of the main knocks on last year’s Blue Jays lineup was its lack of balance. Plenty of power, but no speed, no versatility, and little situational ability. This was sharply contrasted in the ALCS against a Cleveland team that was one of the more balanced squads in recent memory. The Blue Jays epitomized this moment during Game 5. Dioner Navarro led off the bottom of the 8th...
Via BP Toronto
4 days ago

Report: Indians have considered signing Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion may have a new suitor. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Cleveland Indians have checked in on Encarnacion. Sources: Cleveland has checked in on Edwin Encarnacion. Perfect fit as RH power in LH-heavy lineup. Question is: Would they spend the money? — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 5, 2016 On paper, Encarnacion would be a replacement for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign utility man Steve Pearce

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays signed utility player Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million contract. The Blue Jays announced the move Monday. It could spell the end of Edwin Encarnacion's tenure in Toronto as Pearce primarily plays first base and first baseman Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak are also on the roster. Pearce hit .288 with 13 home runs in 85 games for Tampa...
Via Associated Press
5 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

There’s Nothing Too Weird About Brett Cecil’s New Contract

The Cardinals had a few problems last season, and among them was unreliable relief pitching. As a means toward addressing that, they’ve given free-agent lefty Brett Cecil a four-year contract, worth $30.5 million. It also has a full no-trade clause! Very clearly, Cecil didn’t come cheap. A number of teams expressed a willingness to guarantee Cecil three years, so the Cardinals...
Via Fangraphs
21 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
24 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
24 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
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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