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Friday Links: Checking in on AL East rivals; Toronto Blue Jays edition

By now I imagine that we’re all pretty well versed in acquisitions that the Boston Red Sox have made so far this offseason, but they’re not the only team that has been busy in the American League East. The Toronto Blue Jays, who finished third in the division standings last season, added some thump to the middle of their order with additions on both the free agent market and...
Via Fire Brand AL
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Sox OF Ryan Kalish Signs With Blue Jays

Kalish With A Young FanHe made it to the big leagues with the Red Sox in 2010—and was considered one of the bright stars on the Fenway horizon. Then, injuries piled up on Ryan Kalish and pushed his career development into a Twilight Zone of frustration. Then, last year, his former GM Theo Epstein gave him a shot with the Cubbies. In 57 games, Kalish hit just .248. Now, he's being...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox Ryan Kalish Signs Minor League Contract With Blue Jays

A once-promising Boston Red Sox prospect has joined an American League East foe. Former Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Blue Jays, the Jays announced Wednesday. Kalish will receive an invitation to major league spring training as part of the deal. Kalish, who turns 27 in March, was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006. He turned heads...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Morrow Inks Incentive Laden Deal With The Padres

The San Diego Padres have signed high-upside hurler Brandon Morrow to a $2.5 million dollar incentive laden deal. The one-year pact contains performance bonuses that could see the deal climb to over $7 million if Morrow can nudge his way into the Padres starting rotation. Morrow earned $8 million last season in the final year of his 2-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. This...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

South Side Sizzling: Chicago White Sox Add Melky Cabrera

Melky Cabrera is heading to the south side of Chicago Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Adam LaRoche and now Melky Cabrera. It has been a pretty banner off-season for the Chicago White Sox who have been very active. General Manager Kenny Williams has patched some holes and many are now expecting the White Sox could contend given the additions. The latest in Cabrera will be...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Sign Melky Cabrera

The Chicago White Sox and Melky Cabrera have agreed to a 3 year $42 mil contract.  This has been a great offseason for the Sox, adding Adam LaRoche to DH, Jeff Samardzija to join Chris Sale in the rotation, added Zach Duke to the bullpen and found a closer in David Robertson.  This comes after signing Jose Abreu last offseason and they also acquired their leadoff hitter...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Melky Cabrera, White Sox agree to 3-year deal

The Chicago White Sox just can’t stop spending, can they? In what has already been a huge offseason for them, they’ve now gone and made Melky Cabrera their latest in a long line of notable acquisitions. Source tells me Melky Cabrera agrees to three year deal with WhSox pending physical . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 14, 2014   The deal is expected to...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rumors: Blue Jays Interested in Greg Holland

According to Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott the Toronto Blue Jays have some interest in two-time All-Star closer Greg Holland. Holland is 2nd-year arbitration eligible and according to MLB Trade Rumors is projected to make approximately $9.3MM in 2015. This salary could price him out of the Kansas City Royals’ plans for 2015.  Any potential move to trade the North Carolina native...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Toronto interested in Greg Holland

According to Toronto Sun's Bob Elliott the Toronto Blue Jays have some interest in Kansas City Royals' two-time All-Star closer Greg Holland. #457226082 / Holland is 2nd-year arbitration eligible and according to MLB Trade Rumors is projected to make approximately $9.3MM in 2015. This salary could price him out of the Kansas City Royals' plans for 2015...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Crucial Moves Remain For GM Alex Anthopoulos

Nowadays, any indication of a trade or free-agent signing is near impossible to keep under wraps. Whether it is a higher-up leaking information, “reports” on Twitter, or the kid running the concession stand who eavesdropped on top-secret intel; chances are the masses will hear about any transaction well before it transpires. Enter Toronto Blue Jays‘ GM, Alex Anthopoulos. One...
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadian OF Michael Saunders 'honored' to join Blue Jays

  Michael Saunders says he used to daydream about playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. Soon, he'll get to do it for real. A day after Toronto acquired the Canadian outfielder in a deal with the Seattle Mariners, Saunders said he was ''honored'' by the opportunity to play regularly on home soil. ''I think it was more of a storybook ending for me if you would, like. `One day it would...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Have John Mayberry Jr. On Their Radar

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets have free agent outfielder/first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. on their radar. Mayberry, 31, was non-tendered by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, and his right-handed bat is exactly what the Mets are looking for this offseason. Mayberry was acquired from Philadelphia on Aug. 31 and hit .208 with one homer and two RBIs in 15 games with the...
Via Mets Merized Online
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Blogger Roundtable: The Blue Jays – A’s Trade

Each week members of the Batting Leadoff blogger team participates in a roundtable discussion about one of the game’s most pressing topics. This week’s feature focuses on the recent trade between the Blue Jays and A’s in which Josh Donaldson, Brett Lawrie, and others were swapped.  Stephen Silverman –  The Blue Jays have to be happy with themselves after acquiring Josh...
Via Batting Leadoff
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie: Blue Jays’ Turf ‘Has A Lot Do’ With Recent Injuries

The Toronto Blue Jays have been active on the free agent market in recent years and look poised to make a move in the competitive American League East. The only problem? Nobody wants to play on their turf. The Jays sent infielder Brett Lawrie and three prospects to the Oakland Athletics last Friday in exchange for All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson....
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Sign Justin Smoak To 1-Year Deal

Less than one day after the Toronto Blue Jays non-tendered Justin Smoak and others, they signed Smoak to a 1-year $1 million contract. The 27-year-old played with the Seattle Mariners from 2010-2014 but was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays. The club has confirmed the signing on their official Twitter page: The @BlueJays have signed 1B JUSTIN SMOAK to a one year contract worth...
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Non-Tender Players The Toronto Blue Jays Should Consider

The non-tender deadline has come and gone with the Toronto Blue Jays once again surprising baseball prognosticators by failing to tender contracts to Andy Dirks, Justin Smoak and John Mayberry Jr. respectively. All three players are now deemed free agents which will for the time being take approximately $7 million off the Blue Jays books. The deadline created a domino effect around...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Brett Lawrie turn it around in Oakland?

From the perspective of the Oakland Athletics, the trade that sent Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for a package of players headlined by Brett Lawrie on Friday night represents a much more disappointing picture than for the other club involved in the deal. Despite that this is the typical way in which Billy Beane operates, in addition to the fact that Donaldson was...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays pay for defense in acquiring Josh Donaldson

The baseball world was treated to something of a Friday night blockbuster, as the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics came together on a trade that featured Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie as centerpieces, with three additional prospects heading to Oakland from the Jays. On the Oakland end, there is no shortage of confusion over just what they were trying to accomplish...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball: Josh Donaldson’s value in Toronto

Josh Donaldson finished eighth in the AL MVP race in 2014 On Nov. 28, the Oakland Athletics sent third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for third baseman Brett Lawrie, right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin, and shortstop Franklin Barreto. For Josh Donaldson, moving to Toronto will be a nice change of scenery. He is moving from a...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Blue Jays not giving up on re-signing Melky Cabrera

This offseason the Toronto Blue Jays have filled needs and stacked their lineup by adding Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson. With a need for a left handed bat and outfield help, Jon Heyman is reporting that they still have plenty of interest in re-signing Melky Cabrera. #455178102 / jays still trying for melky. he was great for them last year, and they do...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at the prospects the A's got in the Donaldson trade

I’ll try to complete the FanGraphs analysis of the Josh Donaldson deal, with Dave covering the A’s perspective of the deal and Drew Fairservice covering it from the Jays perspective while I’ll jump in with the prospect end of things. Those two prior pieces do a good job analyzing the various angles of this deal, with the […]
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Toronto Blue Jays Very Aggressive In Pursuit Of Andrew Miller

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to poke the fire. The Blue Jays are “very aggressive” in their pursuit of free-agent reliever Andrew Miller, a source with a competing team told’s Jeff Blair. Toronto reportedly agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract with catcher Russell Martin on Monday. The Jays also remain interested in free-agent starter Jon Lester, multiple...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s talk about Colby Rasmus

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve always been a Colby Rasmus fan. Actually, I can explain it – Tony La Russa hates Colby Rasmus, so I must love him. Traded for pennies on the dollar to Toronto, Rasmus (the former #3 prospect in baseball) has had a very up-and-down career so far. He’s now a free agent, and one the Cubs will no doubt look into. Offense Rasmus has put up some...
Via Obstructed View
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista busts up reporter over Twitter

If you are a sports reporter, calling out the universally popular Jose Bautista is probably not the way to make many friends.  Or any friends.  Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun decided against conventional wisdom to poke at the Blue Jays All-Star RF with regard to trade deadline comments.  Bautista put him in his place quickly: .@simmonssteve who are you and why are you talking...
Via Reading Between The Seams
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

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