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BLUE JAYS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Blue Jays Primed for Division Crown

Part three of a five-part series on the American League East sees us examining why it is the Toronto Blue Jays‘ year to finally win the division. The Blue Jays had a busy offseason adding two big bats in Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics and Russell Martin via free agency. They finally addressed their biggest need in signing Martin to a five-year deal. Donaldson has become...
Via Baseball Essential
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Toronto signs Wilkins

Andy Wilkins has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, who have optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.
Via WholeHogSports
22 hours ago

Millionaire Blue Jays Pitcher Daniel Norris Lives In A Van Behind Wal-Mart (Video)

Just call him the man in the van. Daniel Norris is one of baseball’s top-ranked prospects, but he certainly doesn’t live like one. The 21-year-old Toronto Blue Jays pitcher signed to play with the organization out of high school, earning a $2 million signing bonus for inking the deal, yet he willingly calls a 1978 Volkswagen van home during the offseason. The Johnson City...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays’ L.B. Dantzler Developing Well at First Base

Addressing the first base position was an area the Toronto Blue Jays wanted to focus on during the 2013 draft. They did just that when they selected L.B. Dantzler, who at the time was a little known prospect that gained a lot of exposure during his first two seasons of professional baseball. Picked in the 14th round; after a senior season at the University of South Carolina that...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays’ Prospect Chaz Frank is an Excellent Role Player

Every baseball team has role players; guys who can come in and fill numerous roles adequately. Outfielder Chaz Frank definitely prides himself on being just that kind of guy. While mastering the lost arts of bunting for base hits and being an effective base runner, the young outfielder was one of the Lansing Lugnuts’ most exciting players to watch last season. Joining the team...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays counting on pair of young pitchers to fly high

TORONTO (AP) The upcoming season for the Toronto Blue Jays seems destined to be defined by the one young pitcher who'll miss it and the two even younger guys who'll try to replace him. Toronto's plans for ending baseball's longest active playoff drought took a serious hit when Marcus Stroman suffered a season-ending knee injury in spring training. The second-year right-hander tore...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Delabar Surprised by Demotion

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar was shocked to be optioned to AAA Buffalo by the Blue Jays today. Delabar got the word from Manager John Gibbons this morning.  He met with reporters for several minutes afterward, and was clearly was as upset as he was surprised at the move.  “I thought I was going to be a big part of the bullpen to start (the season),” he told...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

I haven’t freaked out yet about Russell Martin’s absence (but maybe I should)

Now that we’re rolling into season preview season, I’m starting to notice a trend in Pirate previews. There are really, really positive previews and there are guardedly optimistic ones. The dividing line between the two tends to be what the previewer thinks of the absence of Russell Martin. I mainly noticed this while reading the Bucs Dugout preview, in which Charlie is a little...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Devon Travis Positioned To Head North With Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Devon Travis in exchange for Anthony Gose from the Detroit Tigers during the offseason. The acquisition of Travis was thought to be a long-term stop gap at second base, a position that has been the Blue Jays Achilles heel for the past few years. Whether it was later in the season or 2016 nobody was quite sure when Travis would make the trek to Toronto...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rogers Centre One Step Closer to Real Grass?

Word has leaked out that the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts may be leaving the spacious confines of the Rogers Centre sooner than had originally been announced, possibly moving up the timetable for the replacement of the stadium’s artificial turf with real grass. Rogers, which owns both the building and the Toronto Blue Jays, has been accommodating to the Argos...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week: Devon Travis

The start of the 2015 Major League Baseball season is just around the corner, but with spring underway, a number of former Seminoles are making a push for a big league roster spot. After outfielder Tyler Holt stood out last week, this week’s top professional performance from a former Florida State player came from an infielder with the Toronto Blue Jays. Second baseman Devon Travis...
Via Noled Out
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Hype Song Will Make You Root Against Them

A fan hype video for the Toronto Blue Jays will make you wish the team goes 0-162 this upcoming season.
Via Gamedayr
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The Toronto Blue Jays emerged as a force to be reckoned with during the first half of the 2014 season. They led the A.L. East as late as July 2, but an injury to Edwin Encarnacion seemed to derail the team and its hope for a playoff berth for the first time in 20 years. Other than Mark Buehrle, the starting rotation and bullpen were nothing to write home about, but they weren’t...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar’s t-shirt makes light of his sneeze-related injury (photo)

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar experienced one of the most ignominious injuries by a baseball player — of which there are stupefyingly countless instances — when he suffered a strained oblique muscle that was induced by sneezing. Pillar, 26, demonstrated at least he has a snarky sense of humor about his rather embarrassing injury...Read More The post Kevin Pillar’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar Makes Fun Of His Sneezing Injury With T-Shirt (Photo)

Kevin Pillar’s sneeze game isn’t great, but at least his T-shirt game is strong. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder joined the lengthy list of bizarre spring training injuries recently when he strained his right oblique with an unfortunate, and presumably painful, sneeze Sunday. The 26-year-old isn’t expected to miss much time, which makes the slightly embarrassing mishap easier...
Via NESN.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Castro, Roberto Osuna and the A-Ball Jump

The Toronto Blue Jays suffered a crippling blow when 23-year-old Marcus Stroman ruptured his ACL during fielding drills last week. Prior to Stroman’s injury, Toronto’s final rotation spot was slated to go to the winner of a competition featuring Daniel Norris, Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada. Presumably, at least one of the losers would help fill out the Jays’ […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar Sidelined With Oblique Strain From Sneezing

The Toronto Blue Jays might want to look into having their players practice in bubbles, or at least start giving them antihistamines. The club fell victim to the bizarre spring training injury bug once again after outfielder Kevin Pillar strained his right oblique from sneezing, per the Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin. Luckily for them, however, the...
Via NESN.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays shouldn’t trade Dioner Navarro

Around the baseball world, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Dioner Navarro will be traded by the Toronto Blue Jays, perhaps before Spring Training even concludes. That doesn’t mean if you’re a Jays fan you should hope that it happens. Earlier this week, Toronto learned just how quickly your optimism can be dampened by injury after Marcus Stroman went down with a torn...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

R.A. Dickey takes Daniel Norris' VW van for joyride on field

The unique lifestyle of Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Daniel Norris has been extensively profiled heading into spring training, and for good reason. After all, has there ever been another major league player who has taken up a permanent residence in a van? The 21-year-old Norris, a Tennessee native, is a wanderer and enjoys a...Read More The post R.A. Dickey takes Daniel Norris’...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays reporter gets nailed by stray ball from Jose Bautista

One of the dangers of my job..getting hit by an errant throw from @JoeyBats19 . #bluejays pic.twitter.com/ypVww9OGi1 — Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) March 10, 2015 Oh the joys of Spring Training.  While SportsNet’s Barry Davis was delivering a standup, he appears to get nailed in the leg by a stray ball.  Ouch.  That had to sting.  Apparently Jose Bautista needs some work...
Via Awful Announcing
19 days ago  |  Discuss

What can Toronto do without Marcus Stroman?

Our fearless leader is most definitely correct: Baseball is stupid. During fielding drills on Tuesday, Marcus Stroman tore his ACL and will miss the entire 2015 season. The Blue Jays, who were really hoping for a 2015 breakout from Stroman, have become the latest team affected by the Curse of Jonah. So what do they do now that their young ace is on the shelf? I mentioned on my Blue...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Stroman tears ACL, out for season

What a lousy week for pitchers. Yu Darvish, Cliff Lee, and Gavin Floyd have been felled by their arms, and now Marcus Stroman will join them on the disabled list after tearing the ACL in his left knee during practice today. Surgery to repair a torn ACL will cause him to miss the entire 2015 […]
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Stroman tears ACL, baseball is still stupid

Thought the rash of pitcher injuries would be ending any time soon? NOPE! 23-year old Blue Jays stud pitcher Marcus Stroman will miss the 2015 season after tearing his ACL during fielding drills today. Marcus Stroman as suffered a torn left ACL and will be out for the 2015 season. — Blue Jays (@BlueJays) March 10, 2015 In 2014, Stroman had a 3.65 ERA over 20 starts and six relief...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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