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The Toronto Blue Jays reunite with former All-Star Michael Saunders

On Wednesday, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they had signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor league deal. Saunders, 30, returns to the Jays after spending parts of 2015 and 2016 in Toronto, and after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies on June 23. He will report to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons for the time being. The last few months have been rough for Saunders...
Via isportsweb.com
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Would you rather Blue Jays target bullpen lefty or 2nd baseman?

MLB insider Jon Paul Morosi says if the Blue Jays are buyers at the deadline, they should go after a lefty reliever that is controllable past one season, but a guy like Jed Lowrie wouldn't be bad to fill another hole.
Via SportsNetCanada
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Long March of Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista is marching. You might see him stretching in the on-deck circle, diving in the outfield, or jogging to first on a pop up, but he is marching. Each time he trots around the bases after a home run, or pops up from a slide into second base, or strolls back to the dugout after a strikeout, he is marching. He is marching to a finish line that even he can’t see yet. There...
Via BP Toronto
12 hours ago

WATCH: Biagini: Every start I'm learning a little bit more

Toronto Blue Jays starter Joe Biagini talks about the impending return of Aaron Sanchez, and being thankful and grateful to have opportunity to start in the MLB.
Via SportsNetCanada
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

BP Toronto: The Long March of Jose Bautista by Greg Wisniewski

Jose Bautista is marching toward a finish line that even he can`t see yet.
Via Baseball Prospectus
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays cut ties with Grilli after emotional ride: Griffin

Better bullpen options squeezed out Jason Grilli, who will try to catch on elsewhere and leaves a leadership void in the Jays’ ever-changing bullpen.
Via Toronto Star
21 hours ago

WATCH: Gibbons on Grilli: One of the best guys I've been around

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons explains the difficulty in the decision to designate pitcher Jason Grilli for assignment.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Grilli Gave the Jays Three Thrilling Months, But Ran Out of Gas

When Jason Grilli arrived in Toronto on May 31st of last year, the Blue Jays’ bullpen was in shambles. Drew Storen was struggling, Jesse Chavez and Gavin Floyd couldn’t find their footing, and the group of relievers could be categorized as Roberto Osuna and everybody else. So the Blue Jays’ front office went ahead and made a change. They acquired wily veteran reliever Jason...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
1 day ago

Blue Jays get ready to take on Orioles

The Toronto Blue Jays host the Orioles for a three-game set at the Rogers Centre.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Blue Jay Hunter Podcast 22: The Smoak Show

Come this time next week, Justin Smoak in theory could be the starting first baseman for the American League All-Star team. How wild is that? On this week’s Blue Jay Hunter Podcast, we’ll talk about the increasing likelihood Smoak could play in the Midsummer Classic. In addition, the Blue Jays’ ever-winding journey to .500 and Roberto Osuna’s decision to be open and frank...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
1 day ago

The Toronto Blue Jays squander more opportunities in week 12

Once again the Toronto Blue Jays failed to take advantage of an opportunity-filled week.  The Jays went 3-4 on their seven game road trip, although they easily could’ve gone 5-2 if it weren’t for some poor bullpen pitching.  However, even with all the poor play, there were some positive takeaways from this week.  Even though they played under .500 ball, the Jays didn’t end...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna feeling 'weird,' mentally off

Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jays closer Roberto Osuna says he’s dealing with anxiety

If there’s one area that sports and sports media still aren’t equipped to cover properly, it’s mental illness. (There are actually many other areas, too, but let’s focus on this one, specifically.) Conditions like anxiety and depression are still stigmatized by plenty of fans, media members, and even people within the sport; after all, what’s praised more than mental toughness...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays rumors: should Roberto Osuna be moved?

As of this writing, the Toronto Blue Jays are 33-35. That’s not good, but put them in the American League Central, or National League East Central, and they’d be a third-place club. Instead, they find themselves as the doormat team in the AL East, and while they’re only 5.5 games out of first, jumping ahead of four clubs will be easier said than done for a team that has struggled...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

O Canada! How The Toronto Blue Jays Can Continue To Win Ballgames

Expectations for the Toronto Blue Jays were high after they reached the ALCS in 2016, where they lost to the Cleveland Indians. The Blue Jays were expected to ride their deep rotation and high-powered offense led by Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki, and Russell Martin to another postseason appearance.  Toronto cracked under the pressure early on in the season...
Via The Sports Quotient
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Bautista catches Mariners sleeping, steals second on walk

A walk doesn’t always result in only one base. Toronto Blue Jays’ right fielder Jose Bautista proved that Saturday night in Seattle against the Mariners, drawing a walk against Tony Zych in the top of the eighth and then taking second base when Zych and the rest of the Mariners’ infield were caught napping: Yep, that’s a stolen base by MLB rules, and it’s perfectly legal...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Wendy’s cracks Warriors 3-1 joke, Athletics come in swinging

Wendy’s has been having quite the year on Twitter. Wendy’s received plenty of praise for how they responded to one fan’s pursuit of a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets that resulted in a new Twitter record for most retweets. But on Wednesday, Wendy’s got in a Twitter battle with an unlikely yet worthy combatant – the Oakland Athletics.It all started innocently enough...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Have the Toronto Blue Jays cheated death?

It was not too long ago that the obituary for the 2017 Toronto Blue Jays was all but written: “The Blue Jays, recent champions of the American League East division, died suddenly in May of 2017, following a sudden and brutal April debut. Major League Baseball’s last remain Canadian outpost was celebrating its 40th season and hopeful for a continued run of excellence, having just...
Via Yardbarker
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels sign Michael Bourn in response to OF injuries

The Los Angeles Angels are hurting in their outfield and decided to sign Michael Bourn to a minor league contract.The Angels signed Bourn on Friday and sent him to Triple-A Salt Lake. Bourn signed with the Orioles to a minor-league deal earlier this year but exercised an opt-out clause and was released by Baltimore last week.Bourn was once upon a time considered by some to be a good...
Via Larry Brown Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar to donate forfeited salary to LGBTQ groups

Kevin Pillar will donate salary forfeited in his suspension for making a homophobic slur to two prominent LGBTQ groups.The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder was suspended two games in the wake of yelling an anti-gay slur at Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Motte during a May 17 game. Pillar apologized for the incident calling it ” immature,” “stupid” and “uncalled for.” He also...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
26 days ago  |  Discuss
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