BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blue Jays activate Dioner Navarro, designate Josh Thole for assignment

Three days after being traded back to the Toronto Blue Jays, catcher Dioner Navarro will again suit up for the Canadian organization. The veteran’s role in Toronto became clear on Monday. The Blue Jays designated backup catcher Josh Thole for assignment, clearing a path for Navarro to work as the No. 2 catcher behind Russell Martin […] The post Blue Jays activate Dioner Navarro...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 hour ago

WATCH: Nicholson-Smith: Donaldson better than last year’s MVP season

MLB insider Ben Nicholson-Smith discusses the cluster of players vying for this season’s AL MVP, says Josh Donaldson might not be the front runner, but he’s having an even better season than his 2015 MVP season.
Via SportsNetCanada
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays “Stuff” Report – Volume 10

The Blue Jays Stuff Report will be appearing in this space every two weeks. The metric was created by Dr. Mike Sonne, who has a PhD in biomechanics from McMaster University. For his work on pitcher fatigue, injury, and other baseball related research, please visit his website over at www.mikesonne.ca. We’re in the home stretch for the Stuff report now!  If my calculations are...
Via BP Toronto
6 hours ago

Led by Happ, Blue Jays’ rotation leads AL

J.A. Happ was the first notable free agent to come off the board last winter. The left-hander signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 27. The 33-year-old capitalized on a strong finish to the 2015 season in which he went 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts for […] The post Led by Happ, Blue Jays’ rotation leads AL appeared first on Todays Knuckleball.
Via Today's Knuckleball
8 hours ago

Michael Saunders: What Changed After the All-Star Break?

Micheal Saunders was an All-Star in 2016, which means he had an excellent first half of the season. You may have even voted him in as the final selection to the game. After all, he had a good argument for being on that final selection list; his .298/.372/.551 line was a very respectable number for the lefty hitting left fielder. Since the break, however, he’s been a long way from...
Via BP Toronto
8 hours ago

Toronto Blue Jays building for World Series run

For whichever team comes out on top in the AL East, it will have earned the title. This race couldn’t be much tighter nearing the final month. Three teams are separated by only three games. The difference between first place and fourth place? Just 6.5 games. The trio at the head of the division share a common trait as the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Toronto...
Via The Sports Daily
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Place Josh Thole On Irrevocable Waivers

The Blue Jays placed catcher Josh Thole on irrevocable waivers following Sunday’s game, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports.  The newly-acquired Dioner Navarro will be activated on Monday to take Thole’s spot on the 25-man roster.  Thole will become property of any team that claims him within the 48-hour waiver period, and if he goes unclaimed, he will be released. ...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
21 hours ago

WATCH: Dickey: Story of my career, a peculiar inning

R.A. Dickey was very thankful to have Josh Donaldson as a teammate on Sunday, whose three home run shots helped the knuckler salvage a less than adequate start on Sunday.
Via SportsNetCanada
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Donaldson: Never had a curtain call before

Josh Donaldson may be the reigning MVP in the American League, but he has never had a curtain call before. Until Sunday anyway.
Via SportsNetCanada
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jose Thole left behind as Blue Jays head to Baltimore

Dickey's personal catcher could rejoin club after he clears waivers but Thole won't be eligible for post-season.
Via Toronto Star
23 hours ago

Rumors & Rumblings: Blue Jays’ Osuna overlooked but dominant

Roberto Osuna stands right at the top of overlooked players in the major leagues. Osuna has saved a combined 49 games for the Toronto Blue Jays over the last two seasons, though it seems that no one outside Canada or his native Mexico has bothered to notice. He had 20 saves last year when the […] The post Rumors & Rumblings: Blue Jays’ Osuna overlooked but dominant appeared...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

The Toronto Blue Jays stay at the top

The Toronto Blue Jays got off to a tough start this week, dropping three of their first four games, and things were not looking good for the Jays. They picked up the pace and got back to their winning ways over the last two days, defeating the lowly Minnesota Twins by scores of 15-8, and 8-7. Heading into play today, the Blue Jays have a one game lead ahead of the second-place Boston...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joe Biagini, the best Rule 5 pick of the year

Originally taken from the Giants’ system in December, Biagini has added a cutter and become a dominant reliever for the Blue Jays. While researching last year’s Rule 5 selections for last week’s piece on Luis Perdomo, the season of one of the picks really stood out. Joe Biagini, a right-handed pitcher selected by Toronto out of San Francisco’s system, turned dominant after...
Via Beyond The Box Score
1 day ago

This Week in Blue Jays: The Frustratingly Good Blue Jays

The 2016 Toronto Blue Jays might just be the most frustrating first place team that has ever existed. At the very least, it has certainly felt that way over the past two weeks. What, with the inconsistent nature of the offense, the shaky pitching performances and opposing players’ ground balls that somehow, mysteriously, manage to find a hole. Meanwhile the Jays can’t seem to...
Via BP Toronto
1 day ago

Twins lose five-run lead, fall 8-7 to Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Melvin Upton Jr. hit an RBI triple and continued home on a misplay in the eighth inning, completing Toronto's rally from a five-run deficit and sending the AL East-leading Blue Jays over the Minnesota Twins 8-7 Saturday.Edwin Encarnacion homered and drove in three runs as Toronto handed the Twins their ninth straight loss.The Blue Jays trailed 7-6 in the eighth when Kevin...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Liriano, Blue Jays defeat Twins 15-8 in series opener

TORONTO -- Russell Martin and Justin Smoak each homered and drove in five runs as the Toronto Blue Jays hammered Minnesota 15-8 Friday night, handing the Twins their eighth straight loss.Josh Donaldson, who drove in three runs, and Darwin Barney, who had three hits, also each homered. Francisco Liriano posted his first win with the Blue Jays as they took a one-game lead in the AL...
Via Associated Press
2 days 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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Ridiculousness of Aaron Sanchez’s Sinker

Aaron Sanchez was optioned to High-A Dunedin over the weekend, though of course that’s not indicative of his performance at work. Sanchez is a legitimate Cy Young contender this year, maybe even the frontrunner in the eyes of some, and while players typically get sent down to the minors because their organization doesn’t care much for what they’ve done on the field, Sanchez...
Via Fangraphs
7 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Still tight at the top

The Toronto Blue Jays are holding on to the top spot in the American League East by a thread. They have a 0.5 game lead on the Boston Red Sox, 2.5 game lead on the Baltimore Orioles, and a 6.5 game lead on the suddenly resurgent New York Yankees. Luckily for them, Toronto is in the driver’s seat of the current division race, but with some poor performances, that lead could become...
Via isportsweb.com
8 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
9 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
12 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
12 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
13 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
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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