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Toronto Blue Jays
The 2013 Blue Jays may not have been the worst in franchise history dating back to 1977 but with a team record payroll ranking 10th highest in baseball on opening day it easily may have been the most disappointing season in the franchise’s 37 seasons of play. The ’13 Jays according to numbers compiled by the Associated Press spent $118244575 (US) on 25 players plus the disabled list.
And that Jays’ 2013 guaranteed dollar number on payroll could skyrocket in 2014 to about $134 million even before attempting to add to GM Alex Anthopoulos’s fanciful wish list of: a high-priced starting pitcher for the rotation a second-baseman an outfielder and perhaps a new catcher.
Winning in 2014 will require clearing some of the current payroll and . . . imagination.
The Jays are already committed to spend $107.2 million for 13 players under long-term deals. In addition veterans Adam Lind and Casey Janssen have club options adding up to $11 million. Also outfielder Colby Rasmus in his final year...
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Last week, it was announced that the Toronto Blue Jays intend to have a grass field at the Rogers Centre no later than 2018, however I’m wondering if there’s any chance something else can be done more immediately. Currently they’re one of two teams, the other being the Tampa Bay Rays, which still have artificial turf in MLB, however, the Rays have a dirt infield to go along...
Toronto Blue Jays’ Munenori Kawasaki and Mark DeRosa are back at it for another episode on Intentional Talk. This time Kawasaki plays rapid fire, wears a toque and sings Bon Jovi in this instalment on the show. DeRosa jokes about Kawasaki pinch hitting for him and receiving a standing ovation. If for no other reason the Jays need to bring him back next season just for these appearances...
This is the twelfth edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten fourteen teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays and their spiffy new roster played some terrible baseball in 2013. EVERYONE FREAK...
The Blue Jays have placed first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (left wrist) and left-hander Brett Cecil (elbow) on the 15-day DL. The moves end the season for both guys.
Encarnacion 30 will have surgery later this week to repair cartilage damage. He missed a few games with soreness last week and has had on and off problems with the wrist over the years including hamate surgery in 2009...
Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
Yankees radio play-by-play man John Sterling wanted Alex Rodriguez to hit his 654th career home run so badly Tuesday night. He tried to talk the ball over the right field wall at Rogers Centre, but Blue Jays right fielder Rajai Davis had other ideas. A-Rod hit a ball deep to right and Sterling, assuming it was hit hard enough to be gone, went ahead with his usual “It is high...
Sometimes injuries can be identified as being in very specific areas, and sometimes you have 'general body soreness'. That's what was reported as the reason for Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus sitting out of Sunday's game. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Rasmus, who was a late scratch, was just being careful not to push himself too much after recently...
There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wrote for the site in FanGraphs’ infancy back in 2008 and 2009.
The series ‘A Minor Review of 2013′ will look back on some of the major happenings...
R.A. Dickey pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision, Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 2-0 on Tuesday night, the slumping Yankees' fourth straight loss.
New York, which came in 2 1-2 games behind Texas in the AL wild card race, lost for the eighth time in 12 games. The Yankees have 11 games remaining.
After nine straight unbeaten outings, Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle has thrown back-to-back clunkers.
Miguel Gonzalez pitched 5 1-3 innings before leaving with a strained right groin, Danny Valencia hit a two-run double and the Orioles beat Buehrle and Toronto 3-1 on Sunday.
Buehrle (11-9) went 6-0 with a 2.02 ERA in nine starts between July 25 and Sept. 4. His luck turned against...
After sweeping the Twins last weekend, the Toronto Blue Jays were swept themselves in the next three game series against the Los Angeles Angels
The Jays were hammered in the first game 12-6. Starting pitcher, Mark Buehrle had a rough outing on the mound. Buehrle gave up 12 hits, eight earned runs, a walk, and struck out two batters in four innings pitched. ”He (Buehrle) was...
The list of Blue Jays whose seasons will end on the disabled list continued to grow Tuesday with slugger Edwin Encarnacion and all-star reliever Brett Cecil added to the infirmary.
But one player who looked destined to join them Colby Rasmus continues to swing the hottest bat in the Jays’ lineup.
After spending a month on the disabled list with a strained oblique Rasmus hit his...
After a brilliant 16-year career, outfielder Vladimir Guerrero announced his retirement this weekend, according to Hector Gomez of the Dominican Listin Diario.
While he never made it to those almost automatic Hall of Fame thresholds of 3,000 hits or 500 home runs, it will be hard to keep his .318/.379/.553 career slash line out of Cooperstown.
Guerrero was one of the most dominating...
Some may consider this article pointless due to the lack of value that Josh Thole has brought to the team with the exception of perhaps indirectly a Cy Young Award. However, in some ways, he did have a few great moments that will always hold a special place in many Mets fans’ hearts. My father, in my opinion, stated the exact definition of him: “that catcher who seems to drop...
It’s not a role that any team relishes but it’s all the Blue Jays have right now.
They can either be roadkill on some other team’s journey to the post-season or they can be spoilers. Given the option they’ll choose spoiler every time.
In that context then Saturday was a good day. Colby Rasmus launched his 20th homer of the season in the seventh inning a two-run shot that...