BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

WATCH: Gibbons: That was some kind of at-bat by Travis

John Gibbons was impressed by Devon Travis' 12th inning at-bat on Tuesday, while also explained his decision to put Edwin Encarnacion in at first, relinquishing the DH spot.
Via SportsNetCanada
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Acquire Joaquin Benoit for Drew Storen

Less than 24 hours after the Blue Jays completed a trade that brought Melvin Upton Jr. to Toronto, the Blue Jays have acquired right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Drew Storen (who was designated for assignment earlier this week) and an undisclosed amount of cash. The news broke shortly after the Blue Jays thrilling 7-6 extra innings win...
Via BP Toronto
6 hours ago

Recap: Blue Jays 7, Padres 6; Toronto Wins a Wild One

The Toronto Blue Jays and the San Diego Padres played the middle game of the three game series Tuesday night. Prior to the 7:07 PM ET start there was big news surrounding these teams. The Blue Jays acquired outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and a lot of cas, from the Padres for Single-A pitcher Hansel Rodriguez. Upton didn’t start in this game, but did make his way into it in the later...
Via BP Toronto
7 hours ago

Blue Jays rally to take down Padres in 12th on wild pitch

After falling behind in the top of the 12th, Jays rally back in the bottom half to win 7-6.
Via Toronto Star
7 hours ago

Blue Jays’ deal for Upton gives insurance beyond 2016

The Toronto Blue Jays made an interesting deal to improve an already good offense. Making a move for an outfielder at the same time that Jose Bautista is returning from the disabled list, the Jays dealt pitching-prospect Hansel Rodriguez to the San Diego Padres for Melvin Upton Jr. According to our own Robert Murray: Toronto […] The post Blue Jays’ deal for Upton gives insurance...
Via Today's Knuckleball
16 hours ago

Blue Jays agree to acquire Melvin Upton

The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). An A-ball prospect is headed back in the deal, per the report, with financial considerations remaining unknown. The swap is likely to be finalized today, says Rosenthal, who had reported last night that Toronto was in the lead to add Upton...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

On Bobbleheads, Kevin Pillar, and Fandom

Sunday was a special one on the Blue Jays calendar. Kevin Pillar had his own bobblehead day. It’s such a mundane item, and yet it means so much. Role players don’t get bobbleheads. Players with off of the field issues don’t get bobbleheads. Players being shuffled back and forth to the minor leagues don’t get bobbleheads. Only the best, most fan friendly players get bobbleheads...
Via BP Toronto
23 hours ago

WATCH: Grilli: Always special to have family to see you perform

Jason Grilli's family was in town on Monday and got to see him pitch in the eighth inning for the Toronto Blue Jays, something that the reliever felt was special to have experienced.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gibbons fed up with 'Sanchez to bullpen' questions

John Gibbons figures he had answered maybe 5000 questions about Aaron Sanchez's possible move to the bullpen, and is putting his foot down, stating he won't be answering those questions anymore.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays pitching options on trade market

Aaron Sanchez’s future holds the key to how the Jays deal with next Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Slugger Jose Bautista returns to Blue Jays lineup

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and will lead off against San Diego on Monday night. Catcher Russell Martin, who missed the past three games with a sore left knee, is also back in the lineup as the Blue Jays welcome the Padres to Toronto for the first time. Outfielder Junior Lake was designated for assignment to...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays cut Drew Storen, recall Ryan Tepera

TORONTO (AP) Struggling relief pitcher Drew Storen had been designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays, who recalled right-hander Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo. Toronto acquired Storen from Washington in January for outfielder Ben Revere, hoping the former closer would be a valuable option in late-inning situations. Instead, Storen went 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA and three...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin day-to-day after sauna-related mishap

There is an epidemic of weird injuries ripping through baseball, with Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin the latest victim. According to manager John Gibbons, Martin will miss a few days after injuring his knee in the shower — because he became lightheaded from staying in the sauna for too long. Gibbons on Martin:Russ was in sauna yesterday, was in too long, got lightheaded...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson washes his hair in dugout

Reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson practically turned Chase Field from a ballpark to a waterpark Tuesday night when he washed his hair in the dugout during the Blue Jays’ game against the Diamondbacks. Sure, a team from Canada was playing in the desert, but the roof was closed. So the players were shielded from the 80-degree weather outside. Even if the players did have...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a tough restart

The Toronto Blue Jays have not come out of the restart well. They dropped their first two games of the unofficial second half of the season to the Oakland A’s. This is not a good way to come out of the break at all. Dropping two games to the lowly A’s is not a recipe for success. Their first game was a pretty tough loss. The Jays went down early and managed to regain the lead...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays pitcher will never understand why Canada sells milk in plastic bags

J.A. Happ is enjoying a productive first season back with the Toronto Blue Jays after playing for the Jays from 2012-14, posting a 3.36 ERA in 112 1/3 innings in the first half.The Blue Jays start the second half at 51-40, two games back of the Baltimore Orioles in the A.L. East.Everything is good, except for this: Happ is struggling to adapt to a basic Canadian staple -- bagged...
Via FOX Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays want to give Bautista ‘Cespedes type deal’

The Toronto Blue Jays and pending free agent Jose Bautista are far apart in contract talks. Bautista reportedly wants $150 million over five years. The Blue Jays are offering much less. Toronto is said to be looking at a three-year contract that would pay him around $25 million per (via Jon Heyman, FanRag Sports). Said three-year deal would bank Bautista the same type of cash...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: MLB to look into David Ortiz’s comments for tampering

Big Papi could be in a little trouble for having a big mouth. Major League Baseball might not be feeling the same love for David Ortiz that everyone at Petco Park did during the All-Star Game. The Red Sox slugger could face discipline for tampering after saying that Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion would make a good replacement for him when he retires after this...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

What Did the Blue Jays Do to Ezequiel Carrera?

Not too long ago, I wrote about how the Blue Jays have gotten back to hitting the snot out of the ball. That shouldn’t be too surprising — a year ago, the Blue Jays hit the snot out of the ball. There was something in there, though, I’ve had trouble shaking. I included it as just a throwaway remark, but with Jose Bautista sidelined for the past few weeks, Ezequiel Carrera has...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Don Cherry: “left wing weirdos” are happy about “All Lives Matter” anthem

“Hockey Night In Canada” personality Don Cherry’s political opinions are often just as loud as his suits, whether he’s bashing Canada staying out of Iraq or blasting “left-wing pinkos” at Rob Ford’s mayoral election, and they’re sometimes as poorly-considered. His latest such effort on that front came on Twitter Wednesday in response to a “lone wolf” member of...
Via Awful Announcing
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Encarnacion’s agent says he won’t negotiate contract

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion is set to be one of the top free agents on the market this coming offseason. According to his agent, Paul Kizner, Encarnacion has no plans on signing a deal with Toronto before the season begins. “Once the season started, we were not going to negotiate,” Kinzer said, via Jon Heyman, FanRag Sports. “He thought it was a distraction...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar Is Muscling Up, But to No Avail

In his first year as an everyday center fielder in 2015, Kevin Pillar put up the kind of defensive numbers that make folks question defensive numbers. Pillar was a below-average hitter who finished the season with the same WAR as Miguel Cabrera, thanks to his gaudy defensive runs saved totals. The talk of the offseason, regarding Pillar, then became, “Well, if he can just become...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays rotation deserves credit for club’s rise back to contention

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in contention, sitting 11 games over .500 (51-40) after a so-so start to the season. Most of the accolades have been given to the teams powerful lineup, which is fair considering Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki have been incredible as the season progressed. Perhaps the most surprising reason Toronto has both survived and returned...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the players who have had 30 or more home runs in a season with the Toronto Blue Jays

A player on the Toronto Blue Jays has hit 30 or more home runs in a season 43 times. How many of these Canadian clobberers can you name? Clue: Number of home runs - year
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Estrada to miss All-Star Game after being placed on DL

Thanks to a dazzling age-33 campaign, Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada should have been taking the hill for the AL All-Stars in this year’s Midsummer Classic. But alas, it was not meant to be. According to a report by Barry Davis of Sportsnet on Wednesday, Estrada has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with lingering back pain, making him ineligible to pitch in the All...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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