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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, they have brought in and out an alarming amount of catchers. That has spilled over into 2013 spring training.
Both the 2012 and 2013 versions of the Toronto Blue Jays have had JP Arencibia as their starting backstop. Last year, the Jays had Jeff Mathis as their primary backup. With top prospect Travis d’Arnaud in AAA, they also had veteran Bobby Wilson as an option in AAA. Yorvit Torrealba spent some time on the team towards the end of the season.
Torrealba filed for free agency and Wilson was DFA’d. Eli Whiteside was claimed on waivers, but DFA’d soon after. Mathis was traded to the Marlins in...
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CLEARING THE AIR
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.
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...
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...
TAKE YOUR SHOTS
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...
On Friday Red Sox manager John Farrell met with the media to
discuss many topics including a 50 minute team meeting, player development and
what’s on the horizon for the Sox organization. Farrell seemed calm, cool and collected
when address the ambitious Red Sox media.
While the majority of Farrell’s responses to the media could be
considered lip service, the newly appointed...
Muscle Melk, Ready to move on.
Mark Buehrle won't be experiencing the dog days of summer.
The biggest surprise about R.A. Dickey‘s 2012 season — Cy Young Award aside — was the drastic increase in strikeouts. Last year was Dickey’s seventh year featuring a knuckleball, but in the previous six seasons he’d never topped 5.88 K/9 (2009 with the Twins). It’s true that he now features what could rightly be termed a high-velocity knuckler (his average knuckleball...