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The Toronto Blue Jays fell out of the American League East race long ago, but their talent evaluators are out in full force as the team prepares for 2013.
The Blue Jays had two scouts at the final two games of this week’s Tigers-Athletics series in Detroit. Each game included a starting pitcher who could switch teams this offseason: Oakland’s Brett Anderson Wednesday (trade candidate) and Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez Thursday (free agent).
Anderson could be expendable this offseason because of the A’s pitching depth. He left Wednesday’s start in the third inning with a strained right oblique but is 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts this season since returning from elbow surgery.
The Blue Jays had interest in then-Oakland lefty Gio Gonzalez last offseason, and they will need to acquire one or two frontline starters this winter if they want to contend in the AL East next year. Toronto starters have a 4.77 ERA this season, which ranks in the bottom half of the league.
The A’s and Blue Jays appear to match up well in trade talks. Toronto has a surplus of position player prospects, particularly at catcher, and Oakland ranks near the bottom of the AL in runs scored.
-- Jon Paul Morosi
BEST OF MAXIM
Toronto's f'in idiot of a shortstop, Yunel Escobar, thought of a brilliant plan to write a homophobic slur in spanish in his eye black on Saturday. As shown in the picture, Escobar had "Tu ere Maricon" under his eyes that can be translated into, well, read on and find out.
The Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball have suspended shortstop...
Oakland Athletics left-hander Brett Anderson left last night’s
start against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning due to what was later
diagnosed as a right oblique strain, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco
“I went back out for the
third and it kind of got progressively worse and worse,” he said. “It’s
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell plans to have a talk with Yunel Escobar before the shortstop is eligible to return from a three-game suspension on Friday night and said he's had past discussions with him regarding ''baseball things.''
Escobar was given the penalty for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish during a game last weekend...
The Blue Jays are an interesting team. General manager Alex Anthopolous is making moves that are generally thought of as cunning, slick, or whatever word you want to use. But it still hasn't translated onto the field yet. The 2012 Blue Jays team got nailed with something that there's no way to prepare for: an unparalleled glut of injuries.
Toronto has used 11 starters ...
A season that started promising went down the tubes in the second half, but not everything is a lost cause north of the border...next up in our End of the Season Post-Mortem series is the Toronto Blue Jays.
If you're new here (which about 90% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from the playoffs...
The Oakland Athletics have shut down left-hander Brett
Anderson for the remainder of the regular season due to a strained oblique,
reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Anderson will not pitch again
during the regular season, manager Bob Melvin announced after the game, and
Straily will indeed go Monday at Texas.
Melvin was unwilling to say Anderson...
As you have probably already heard by now Jay’s shortstop, Yunel Escobar was suspended three games for a homophobic slur written in Spanish under his eyes. What the heck was this guy thinking? Is he out of his mind?
He’s supposed to play ball, not make any political statement. I am so upset about this, I don’t even want him on the team anymore. In fact, if I was...
Toronto Blue Jays infielder Omar Vizquel collected his 2,874th hit in the first game of the Jays' Wednesday doubleheader against the New York Yankees. Vizquel's milestone hit came on a double down the right-field line in the eight inning of the Blue Jays' 4-2 loss to the Yankees. With Vizquel's second hit of the game, he passed Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list...
Move aside, Babe Ruth, you have company. At age 45, Blue Jays infielder Omar Vizquel passed the Babe for 41st place on MLB's all-time hit list, with No. 2,874 on Wednesday night against the Yankees. Why does this number matter? Because all but two retired men (Pete Rose, Rafael Palmeiro) ahead of Vizquel are currently in the Hall of Fame. Craig Biggio and Derek Jeter are also...
It's that time of the year that we have become so accustomed to in Jays-land, when the desire to watch significant baseball games means watching someone besides the Blue Jays, and thoughts of the Blue Jays are necessarily focused on "next year" again. Still, since one of the things I like best about baseball is the whole art and science of roster manipulation (I&...
The Toronto Blue Jays traded catcher Yorvit Torrealba to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash, MLB.com reported Friday. Torrealba started the season with the Texas Rangers. He batted .236 for the Rangers in 49 games before getting released. He played 10 games for the Blue Jays, hitting .214 in 28 at-bats. Torrealba has played for six teams in 12 years and reached the playoffs in 2003...
The other day my good friend and colleague, Jeffery, publicly mocked me for not being tuned in to Anibal Sanchez’s at-the-time no-no. In his screed, Jeff notes how he sent me text, a text that compelled me to call him and find out what was going on. However, when you read a little more closely, you realize that this all happened on Saturday.
Now, I’m sure I don’t need...
The Detroit Tigers are running out of time to make their move in 2012. In an important and winnable game, both Anibal Sanchez and the bullpen came up small and the Tigers offense left eight men on base, contributing to … Continue reading →