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Toronto Blue Jays new pitching arrivals, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, have both been making very positive noises after linking up with their new teammates in spring training.
The duo arrived in Toronto from the Miami Marlins at the end of last season in a 12 player trade between the two teams, with Johnson and Buehrle falling out with the Florida franchise over apparent reneged promises.
Johnson sat atop the 2012 starting rotation of the Marlins, in a team that was jam-packed with talent but seemingly burdened by the huge expectations placed on them.
Miami’s loss is Toronto’s gain, though, and the appearance of Johnson and Buehrle at the Jays has instantly turned Toronto into real post-season contenders this year.
The arrival of top class right-hander and left-hander pitchers has added some talented options to the rotation, and the Jays have already been tipped by fans betting MLB World Series to have a big year in 2013.
“I’m extremely excited; I can’t put it into words,” Johnson ...
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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera arrived at camp Friday morning and issued a statement to address his PED issues, including last year's suspension.
Melky Cabrera has come out and said he made a mistake with drugs last year. What kind of mistake did he make? getting caught. If Cabrera didn’t get caught when he failed the drug test that major league baseball made him take would he be saying he made a mistake now? These guys will never learn. The Giants left him off the post season roster and now he comes out ans says he made...
As the Toronto Blue Jays look to contend for an American League East crown and a possible trip to the World Series, getting players back healthy this season will be important. Two players who battled injuries last year, Ricky Romero and J.A. Happ, are entering the spring in much better shape than they finished the 2012 season.
According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Romero...
The Toronto Blue Jays have won the prize for the most exciting offseason. Between their trade for NL Cy Young Award winner RA Dickey and the mega trade with the Miami Marlins, the Jays have put themselves in position where they should expect to compete for the AL East title. Remember, the Jays have not made the postseason since 1993, their last World Series title. Since last season...
High expectations doomed Brett Lawrie in 2012. While there were definitely positives to be taken from his first full season in the majors, most expected him to be a borderline 20/20 candidate after hitting nine homers and stealing seven bases in a 43-game audition in 2011.I was among those who were let down by Lawrie, but while the power numbers weren’t there — his .132 ISO was...
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New Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes ripped the Miami Marlins owner. See what the shortstop had to say about Loria.
Just when you thought Melky Cabrera was contrite about his ill-advised actions in the 2012 baseball season which afforded him a 50 game suspension for using PEDs, he boldly comes out an expresses his wish for a World Series ring via twitter! According to a conversation Cabreara had with Bob Nightengale:
Melky Cabrera says that he believes he deserves a World Series ring...
When Jose Reyes makes his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays this season, he will be playing for his third team in as many years. Bouncing around from team-to-team can be challenging, but such is the life of a professional athlete. However, Reyes insists Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria tried to make life more difficult for him than it had to be.
In addition to assuring Reyes that the Marlins...
Muscle Melk, Ready to move on.
After two straight seasons that ended in disappointing fashion, the 2013 Red Sox have a chance to flip the script.
With new manager John Farrell at the helm, along with plenty of incoming free agents that should shake up the squad, the Sox have a chance to bounce back this season and “rewrite the story,” as Farrell puts it.
The skipper stopped by WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan...