BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blue Jays have the Perfect Excuse to use Bautista as DH

TORONTO – With the return of Kevin Pillar to the Toronto Blue Jays lineup Tuesday, and Jose Bautista expected to be back today it would seem that the club’s outfield picture just got a lot clearer. However, with further inspection it would seem that in actuality the water is about to become a whole lot murkier. As my colleague Matt Gwin suggested two weeks ago, the logical move...
Via BP Toronto
4 hours ago

Taylor Hall Hits Home Run at Toronto Blue Jays Batting Practice

Taylor Hall is a very good hockey player, and he has lived up to his 1st-overall draft status since the 2010-11 season. If he ever decides to take up a second sport, however, he proved that he could have a career in baseball in the future. When attending the Toronto Blue Jays batting practice Wednesday, Hall was able to knock a ball out of the Rogers Centre. Is it too late for...
Via The Hockey Writers
4 hours ago

VIDEOS: Donaldson, Tulo, Martin, Pillar & Travis Talk About Their Gloves with What Pros Wear

Tools of the trade are extremely important in baseball. And ideally, a glove should be an extension of a player’s hand. A glove should work so well, that a player doesn’t even think about it. Such is the case with the Toronto Blue Jays. Some of them are religious when it comes to their gloves, and others are a little less picky about the hide they wear. What Pros Wear has put...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
4 hours ago

Artificial Turf Wars Ep. 26: The Juice is Loose

Dr. Alan Nathan, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois and Physics of Baseball researcher stops by to discuss his work on the potential causes for the spike in home runs this season as well as the increased speed of the ball off the bat. Greg and Josh also discuss some positive trade outcomes, the returns of Jose Bautista and Kevin Pillar (and their effects on the lineup...
Via BP Toronto
6 hours ago

Recap: Angels 8, Blue Jays 2; Estrada’s Struggles Continue as Jays Get Pounded

With a difficult stretch in the schedule coming up during which the Jays play three games against both the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox, they no doubt were looking to take advantage of a home stand against weaker opponents, beginning with the Angels. While the Jays were firing on all cylinders last night, tonight was just not their night. Marco Estrada, who has scuffled since...
Via BP Toronto
14 hours ago

Angels rout Blue Jays as Estrada, offence struggle

Los Angeles pounds out 17 hits to the Jays’ nine.
Via Toronto Star
14 hours ago

Jays outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. closing in on another 20-20 year

Upton is one homer shy of the fourth 20-home run, 20-stolen base season of his career
Via Toronto Star
18 hours ago

WATCH: Who's your 'Betts' for AL MVP?

Blue Jays voice Dan Shulman joins Andrew Walker to discuss how he feels the American League MVP race currently breaks down.
Via SportsNetCanada
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Martin has 3 hits, Blue Jays beat slumping Angels

TORONTO (AP) A rare chance to pitch with a lead gave R.A. Dickey the opportunity to be more than just a knuckleballer. Russell Martin had three hits and two RBIs, Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Tuesday night. Toronto remained tied with Boston for first place in the AL East. The Red Sox...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Troy Tulowitzki & Devon Travis are mentor and protege in the middle infield

Travis and Tulowitzki's burgeoning chemistry bodes well for the Blue Jays as the figure to play alongside each other in Toronto through 2020.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Blue Jays activate OF Pillar, option RHP Tepera

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and is starting in center field against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Right-hander Ryan Tepera was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to clear a spot for Pillar, out since Aug. 6 with a sprained left thumb. Second baseman Devon Travis was not available Tuesday after getting a cortisone...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Blue Jays, Reds discussed Votto trade last season

Former NL MVP Joey Votto has been a Cincinnati Red for his entire 10-season MLB career. But was he actually close to becoming a Toronto Blue Jay last season? According to a report by Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star on Monday, the Blue Jays and the Reds “were beginning serious discussions” at last year’s trade deadline about a Votto trade. However, talks were said to have...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion fighting back against 'frivolous' STD lawsuit

Edwin Encarnacion, the American League leader in RBIs, is fighting back against a lawsuit by a woman who claims that he gave her sexually transmitted diseases.Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, issued a statement Tuesday morning calling the claim against the Blue Jays’ All-Star slugger “completely inappropriate and meritless.”The suit, first reported by TMZ Sports, seeks more...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Michael Saunders is Having a Really Rough Second Half

It’s been a tale of two completely different seasons for Michael Saunders in 2016. Prior to the All-Star break, Saunders was one of the Blue Jays’ strongest hitters in the first half. And since the break, he’s been anything but. By now, you’ve probably heard that Michael Saunders is having a tough time in the second half. But how rough? Extremely rough. Saunders is a complete...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
2 days ago

WATCH: Biagini still finger painting and still getting results on the mound

Joe Biagini explains to Joey Vendetta the reliever mentality that he’s learned from hanging out with the guys in the Blue Jays bullpen, and weighs in on the Aaron Sanchez situation, in his own special way.
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays demote AL Cy Young candidate Aaron Sanchez to minors

Aaron Sanchez has been demoted to the minors, but not because of performance issues. The Toronto Blue Jays optioned the 24-year-old to Single-A Dunedin on Sunday. On face value, the move makes little sense. Sanchez has been dynamite in 2016, posting a 12-2 record in 24 starts with a 2.99 ERA and 3.33 WHIP. The talented right-hander fixed control issues while striking out a career...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

John Gibbons downplays dugout incident with Josh Donaldson

The Toronto Blue Jays may be leading the American League East, but some trouble appeared to be brewing from within on Wednesday when reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson got into a heated dugout confrontation with manager John Gibbons. On Friday, Gibbons did his best to downplay the incident. “One thing that really drives [Josh] is his intensity. He wants to be the best,” Gibbons...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Josh Donaldson, John Gibbons get heated in dugout

Things may be going well for the Toronto Blue Jays, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t tensions between their star player and their manager. After third baseman Josh Donaldson slammed his bat in frustration in the dugout after striking out, manager John Gibbons had a word with him, and the two had to be separated by Josh Thole and Troy Tulowitzki. As Yankee announcer Ken...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Saunders Has Helped or Killed the Blue Jays

It’s been a big season for Michael Saunders, and for his career. He’s long been dogged by injury questions, and a season ago he was limited to just nine games played. For 2016 he’s been able to stay on the field, and his bat has done the talking. He’s been part of a loaded Blue Jays lineup, but he’s still third on the team in wRC+, below Edwin Encarnacion but ahead of Jose...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Martin: Call it luck, we came out of clubhouse ready to swing

The Toronto Blue Jays were swinging at nothing for most of the first half of the game on Tuesday. But then came the rain delay and then suddenly, when play resumed they found their spot, led by Russell Martin, who went long twice.
Via SportsNetCanada
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WHL’s Regina Pats will wear uniforms honoring the Toronto Blue Jays

Franken-jerseys are often times fun creations and some of the best promotional tools in minor league hockey. This time the WHL’s Regina Pats are going to take it to a whole other level. On January 6th against the Calgary Hitmen they will be having Blue Jays night and will sport unique uniforms to honor the occasion. WHL's Regina Pats set to host special Toronto Blue Jays night...
Via Puck Drunk Love
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Roy Halladay would wear Blue Jays cap in Hall of Fame

Roy Halladay is one of the greatest Toronto Blue Jays pitchers of all time and if he enters the Hall of Fame, he’d like to be honored as one. Speaking with Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star, Halladay admitted “I’d go as a Blue Jay” when asked about which team he’d like to represent should he enter the Hall of Fame. Halladay is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019. The...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting the Prospects in the Francisco Liriano Trade

As part of yesterday’s last-minute deal involving Francisco Liriano and Drew Hutchison, the Blue Jays also received two prospects in C Reese McGuire and OF Harold Ramirez. McGuire was the 14th-overall pick in the 2013 draft because he had a favorable profile as a glove-first catcher with a plus arm and a chance to grow into viable offense. He hasn’t. McGuire’s body has matured...
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss
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