Toronto faces challenge in replacing Encarnacion and Bautista

Five days after the Toronto Blue Jays were bounced from the ALCS for the second straight season, general manager Ross Atkins sat at a podium at the Rogers Centre to address the media. Rather than a post-mortem on the season that was, the discussion focussed on the pending offseason and what the front office perceives its needs to be in order to extend the window of opportunity afforded...
Via Today's Knuckleball
20 hours ago

WATCH: Are Blue Jays contemplating Biagini in rotation?

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins seems very intrigued about stretching out Joe Biagini for next season, but says they haven't talked to him about it or even really thought about it.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Building the AL’s Best Pitching Staff on a Budget

Coming into the 2016 season, if you asked fans/writers about the biggest weakness on the Blue Jays roster, you’d probably get a near unanimous answer of “pitching.” The hitting was coming off an historic run-scoring season, and the defense was only going to be improved by a full season of Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop. Meanwhile, the starting staff had questions marks up and...
Via BP Toronto
1 day ago

Closing the Book on Roberto Osuna as a Starter

At the age of 21, Roberto Osuna‘s career as an elite reliever may be just beginning, but his career as a starter has come to an end … for now, at least. In his end-of-season press conference with the Toronto media yesterday afternoon, Ross Atkins addressed which Blue Jays pitchers may or may \not be stretched out as starters next season. Roberto Osuna was not among them. Although...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
1 day ago

Blue Jays unsure about qualifying offer for Michael Saunders

Picking up Jason Grilli’s $3-million option is a “no brainer,” according to general manager Ross Atkins.
Via Toronto Star
2 days ago

Blue Jays plan to contend with or without Bautista, Atkins says

Jays are “going to continue to try to win,” Atkins says. “I can’t see a scenario where that changes, really.”
Via Toronto Star
2 days ago

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins Discusses Offseason

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins met with the media today and addressed a number of topics, including qualifying offers for the team’s free agents, his club’s offseason needs, Jason Grilli’s club option and much, much more. Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith was among the many on hand and relayed a number of highlights from Atkins’ media session (all links to Twitter...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Blue Jays expect qualifying offers for Bautista, Encarnacion

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays expect to make qualifying offers to potential free agents Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion but have yet to decide whether to make the same offer to outfielder Michael Saunders. In a season-ending news conference Monday, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the decision to extend qualifying offers to the sluggers is ''about as easy a...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

On Michael Saunders and Defying Expectations

There were high expectations for the Toronto Blue Jays coming into the 2016 season. The end to 2015 was thrilling, and the Jays had made the playoffs for the first time in 22 years. Most of that exciting team was coming back, and there were even places a couple of places where you’d expect improvement. Notably, the Jays would get a full seasons of Troy Tulowitzki and Marcus Stroman...
Via BP Toronto
2 days ago

The Toronto Blue Jays have two big questions

The Toronto Blue Jays’ season came to an end at the same stage it did last season, in the ALCS. The team was led by its powerhouse lineup that included impending free agents José Bautista and Edwin Encarnación. The importance of these two players cannot be stressed enough, and the Jays really cannot afford to let them walk if they want to contend again next season. Bautista and...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Did a Closed Roof Hurt the Blue Jays in Game 5?

Before the Indians clinched the American League Championship Series behind their improbable youngster, there was a mini controversy. Because it was 66 degrees with no chance of rain, there was a movement to keep the roof open at the Rogers Centre. It can get a little stuffy in that park; if the weather was good, why not? It turns out the why not is in the hands of Major League Baseball...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

LISTEN: Tom Hamilton calls the Indians’ AL pennant win

The Cleveland Indians are heading to the World Series for the first time since 1997, and naturally, Tom Hamilton was on the radio broadcast of the game. Here’s Hamilton’s call of the final out of the game, a pop-up by Troy Tulowitzki. Hammy calls the final out.#RallyTogether — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) October 19, 2016 In contrast, here’s...
Via Awful Announcing
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto streaker gets decked, represents Blue Jays' ALCS performance

Playoff pressure can get to the fans, too. With the Blue Jays needing three runs in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday to keep their dream of a first World Series berth since 1993 alive, a fan bolted onto the field from the right field stands, stripped off his shirt and survived for about 10 seconds on the field before several security knocked him to the ground behind second base...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians troll Jose Bautista after clinching series

The Cleveland Indians punched their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 in Game 5 of the ALCS, and they were in a saucy mood afterwards. One particular Indians player decided to troll outspoken Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. A pair of Cowboy boots was just held up in clubhouse. "Sign em and send em to Joey Bats!!!" an Indians player...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 10/19: Lin, Glavine, Nolan and Cleveland

Welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading while figuring out the best in Dodgers, Cubs and goats fashions. Happy birthday to Evander Holyfield and Jose Bautista. And on this date in 1966, Bobby Orr took to the ice in his first NHL game.Around the league:  The team that gave us the great "Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No" animation have a new one, "The Best Last Best Plane Ride...
Via Yardbarker
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista has cocky quote about facing Indians’ Ryan Merritt

The Toronto Blue Jays may be down 3-1 in the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians, but don’t tell that to Jose Bautista. The Blue Jays outfielder remains as confident as ever heading into Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday. In fact, he thinks Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt, who is scheduled to start the game, should be more worried than Toronto. Jose Bautista on Ryan Merritt: "With...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Sanchez on Donaldson: Big time players make big time plays

Aaron Sanchez can't say enough good things about Josh Donaldson, calling him a big-time player and emphasizing how glad he is to have the slugger on his side both offensively and defensively.
Via SportsNetCanada
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Sanchez Will Try to Save the Blue Jays’ Season

A year ago, mentioning Aaron Sanchez and “save” in the same sentence might have been regarded as a commentary on the right hander’s potential future in the closer role. After excelling in the bullpen at the end of 2014, Sanchez moved to the rotation in 2015 and put up a 5.21 FIP in 11 starts, before finding himself back in the bullpen, where he was once again quite good. In...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

John Gibbons: ‘I still believe our offense is due to erupt’

The Toronto Blue Jays are in a tough spot, down three games to zero against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons knows Toronto is in trouble but is hoping his team’s offense can burst out in Game 4. ”We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Toronto manager John Gibbons told the Associated Press. ”That’s an understatement...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Blue Jays squandered huge opportunity in Game 3

When Trevor Bauer's finger injury forced him out of the game in the first inning, it created a huge opportunity for the Toronto Blue Jays to get back into the series. Unfortunately, their offense ended up squandering that chance.
Via SportsNetCanada
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer removed from Game 3 due to bloody finger

Trevor Bauer cut his finger repairing his drone on Friday, leading the Cleveland Indians to push back his scheduled start in the ALCS from Game 2 to Game 3. Apparently two days to heal was not long enough. Bauer was removed from his start in Game 3 in the first inning due to blood dripping from his finger. Bauer recorded a strikeout, walk, line out, and then walked Troy Tulowitzki...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

One Counterpoint to Toronto’s Fastball Advantage

Yesterday, our own Eno Sarris astutely pointed out the advantage that a fastball-heavy pitching staff like the Blue Jays might have against the Indians lineup, who have done the overwhelming majority of their damage on slow stuff and have struggled against heaters. And while I do believe it’s true that, on the whole, Toronto’s fastballing ways could still give the Indians lineup...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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