BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blue Jays Add RHP Glenn Sparkman in Rule 5 Draft

As is customary Winter Meetings procedure, the Rule 5 Draft was held this morning in Washington D.C., with teams able to take a flyer on select minor leaguers for a price of only $100,000, but must keep them on the roster all season. The Blue Jays took advantage of this last season and struck gold with reliever Joe Biagini, and they hope they have done so again with Glenn Sparkman...
Via BP Toronto
13 hours ago

Artificial Turf Wars Ep. 39: A Pearce-ing Winter Win

Greg, Josh, and Nick break down the happenings (and not) from the Winter Meetings in Washington, D.C. They start by discussing the value of recent Blue Jays signing Steve Pearce, then look at the fallout from the Chris Sale trade, Edwin Encarnacion’s market crash, Dexter Fowler rumours, Ian Desmond’s bizarre contract from the Rockies, and a minor league signing. Finally, the...
Via BP Toronto
17 hours ago

Blue Jays Rumors: Encarnacion, Catchers, Bullpen

The latest on Toronto: The Blue Jays continue to monitor and stay in touch with free agent first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman. Encarnacion’s preference is to re-sign with the Jays, but he’s talking less with them than he is with other teams, per Heyman. Notably, Toronto general manager Ross Atkins expressed pessimism Wednesday...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
19 hours ago

WATCH: Shapiro: Signing Encarnacion improbable, Bautista “one of our options”

Mark Shapiro talked to Hazel Mae and laid out the Blue Jays’ plans as best he could, touching on potentially signing Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pearce excited by ‘great opportunity’ with Blue Jays

Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Shapiro and the Jays Weighing Two Different Offseason Directions

Entering the 2016-2017 offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays could’ve gone any number of directions. They could’ve gone after the biggest free agents, traded for the most coveted players and said “2017 World Series or bust”. Instead, the Blue Jays have taken a more modest approach; by inking Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, it seems like they’re casting a much wider net to...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
1 day ago

Orioles GM won't pursue Jose Bautista because 'our fans do not like' him

Jose Bautista is a highly sought-after free agent on baseball's open market right now, but there's one team that's not interested ... and for a pretty surprising reason.This week, reports surfaced that the Baltimore Orioles told Bautista's camp that they're not pursuing the power-hitting outfielder because the team's fans don't like him. On Wednesday, the team's general manager...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Ross Atkins Name-Drops Potential Outfield Options for the Blue Jays

When Alex Anthopoulos used to be General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, he was like a locked vault; he had this magical way of answering a question without really saying anything at all. To some degree, it’s important skill for a GM to have. Ross Atkins on the other hand, sometimes likes to leave the door open a little bit; he gives reporters or listeners the odd morsel of information...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
1 day ago

WATCH: Blue Jays "absolutely could" land big bullpen arm in this market

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins says they're not as aggressively pursuing some of the big bullpen arms via free agency or trade, but are certainly open to it.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers have reportedly been in touch with Jose Bautista

Could a move from the AL East to the NL West be in store for Jose Bautista? Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been in touch with Bautista. Griffin does add though that talks are on hold until the trade market further plays out and that the Dodgers, who are projected to be over $200 million in team payroll in 2017, may have...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Benoit, Phillies finalize $7.5 million, 1-year contract

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) Reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Philadelphia Phillies have finalized a $7.5 million, one-year contract. Benoit, a 39-year-old right-hander, has had an ERA under 3.00 for six of the past seven years. He was 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA last season, including a 0.38 ERA after the Toronto Blue Jays acquired him from Seattle on July 26 for reliever Drew Storen. He averaged...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Morosi: Blue Jays fast pace caught Edwin’s camp by surprise

MLB analyst Jon Paul Morosi thinks Edwin Encarnacion’s camp envisioned more of a back-and-forth with the Blue Jays front office, and weren’t prepared for them to move on so quickly.
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kendrys Morales’ Breaking Ball Breakout

One of the main knocks on last year’s Blue Jays lineup was its lack of balance. Plenty of power, but no speed, no versatility, and little situational ability. This was sharply contrasted in the ALCS against a Cleveland team that was one of the more balanced squads in recent memory. The Blue Jays epitomized this moment during Game 5. Dioner Navarro led off the bottom of the 8th...
Via BP Toronto
2 days ago

Report: Indians have considered signing Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion may have a new suitor. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Cleveland Indians have checked in on Encarnacion. Sources: Cleveland has checked in on Edwin Encarnacion. Perfect fit as RH power in LH-heavy lineup. Question is: Would they spend the money? — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 5, 2016 On paper, Encarnacion would be a replacement for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign utility man Steve Pearce

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays signed utility player Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million contract. The Blue Jays announced the move Monday. It could spell the end of Edwin Encarnacion's tenure in Toronto as Pearce primarily plays first base and first baseman Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak are also on the roster. Pearce hit .288 with 13 home runs in 85 games for Tampa...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Toronto Blue Jays

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Toronto Blue Jays. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Chicago NL / Washington. Batters The...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini left hanging on high five by Jimmy Fallon

When in doubt, tweet at Josh Donaldson. Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini was potentially spotted getting left hanging on a high-five from Jimmy Fallon during a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. A keen Jays fan noticed a person who looked like Biagini sitting in the audience as Fallon went out to high-five the crowd. Joe Biagini needs Twitter so I can ask if this is him....
Via The Comeback
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Lourdes Gurriel and Three Other Cuban Prospects

The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a deal with 23-year-old Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on Friday. The deal was first reported by MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez and the terms of the contract — seven years, $22 million — was first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The reports I’ve gotten from international scouts regarding Gurriel are solid, if unspectacular. Scouts...
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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