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JABO: The Rarity of Josh Donaldson’s Late Ascension

In some seasons, the Most Valuable Player award is a close race between a few worthy position players with a pitcher thrown into the mix if the circumstances align. This year, in the National League, the voting was unanimous for the MVP, and for good reason. In the American League, there were only really two serious candidates for the award, with one fact underlining that point...
Via Fangraphs
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

What David Price’s Free Agency Means for Toronto

According to Baseball Essential’s Robert Murray, the Toronto Blue Jays are the first choice for free-agent ace David Price. Price, who was acquired by the Blue Jays at the trade deadline last year, reveled in the fact that he was embraced as a superstar in Toronto. The entire weight of Canada’s biggest city was on […]
Via Baseball Essential
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Toronto Blue Jays Welcome Back Jesse Chavez

Jesse Chavez returns to the Toronto Blue Jays better than when he left. The Toronto Blue Jays welcomed back an old friend on Friday night when the Blue Jays sent 2015 breakout reliever Liam Hendriks to the Oakland Athletics for right hander Jesse Chavez. Chavez appeared in 9 games and started 2 of them with the Blue Jays in 2012. Chavez wasn’t exactly a bright spot when he...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

David Price has funny response to free agency rumors

David Price had a funny response on Twitter to all the free agency rumors about him. On Monday FOX MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal said on MLB Network that he thinks the Boston Red Sox will be major players for Price and/or Zack Greinke. That was enough to get the rumor mill churning. Here was Price’s humorous response later in the evening: I can always tell the big rumor days…tons...
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Make Josh Donaldson a Blue Jay for life

Josh Donaldson spoke on the Jeff Blair show in Toronto on Monday morning and stated he wants to be a Blue Jay for life. ““It’s a great environment for me. It sets up well for me and I would really like to be here for a while.” In case you missed it, @BringerOfRain20 with @SNJeffBlair […]
Via Baseball Essential
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Time to lock up Marcus Stroman?

The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly emerged as the favorite to re-sign David Price. If that is truly the case, the next order of business for the Blue Jays should be locking up Price’s second-in-command, Marcus Stroman. Stroman, 24, is coming off a 2015 season that saw him defy the odds to return from an […]
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: The Liam Hendriks Experience by R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer, Bret Sayre and Brendan Gawlowski

A reliever-turned-starter gets dealt for a starter-turned reliever, the Dodgers continue to make it rain internationally, and the Brewers continue to deal.
Via Baseball Prospectus
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How the Devon Travis injury impacts the Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis will likely miss some or all of Spring Training following left shoulder surgery. Devon Travis likely to miss some/all of ST. Timeline provided by #BlueJays would have him resuming baseball activity sometime after March 9. — Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) November 18, 2015   As Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Dan Shulman to call selected Blue Jays games

He’s returning home. Dan Shulman who called Toronto Blue Jays games between 1995 and 2001 will be back in the 2016 season calling about 30 games for Sportsnet in Canada. It means a reunion with Buck Martinez as the two called Blue Jays games. It also means that Martinez who has been calling play-by-play for the Jays in recent years will move over and become an analyst once again...
Via Awful Announcing
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Should The Toronto Blue Jays Trade Kevin Pillar?

Could the Blue Jays trade Kevin Pillar this off-season? In Spring Training of 2015, Kevin Pillar was entering Dunedin looking to battle for a spot on the Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day roster. The Blue Jays had acquired Michael Saunders to play left field, obviously Jose Bautista is in right, but Pillar and Mississauga native Dalton Pompey battled for the starting center field...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Kalish- Why Is He Forgotten?

In a blog last fall, I called former Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish a “forgotten prospect” Why is he forgotten? The last time we saw Kalish, he agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that included an invitation to spring training. The deal was not completed. He had a generally strong minor league career from rookie leagues to Triple A, showing speed...
Via Fenway West
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mark Buehrle will either retire or pitch for Cardinals

Mark Buehrle had another very fine season for the Toronto Blue Jays, but he may not return to the American League team next year. In a column about the Jays’ starting pitching options in light of the team’s deal with Marco Estrada, The Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott writes that “Buehrle will either retire or pitch...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Moves That Need to be Made: Edwin Encarnación, Toronto Blue Jays

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
8 days ago  |  Discuss

So Mark Buehrle Wants To Pitch For The Cardinals

Are we finally drawing near an end to the longest flirtation in MLB history? The Toronto Sun is reporting (?) that Blue Jays free agent pitcher Mark Buehrle will either pitch for the Cardinals in 2016 or take his toys and go home: Come April, unless someone comes over the hill, the Jays will start with Stroman, Estrada, Dickey, Sanchez and Hutchison. They have made 395 lifetime starts...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Marco Estrada re-signs with the Blue Jays

You can remove Marco Estrada’s name from the free agent market. The right-hander, 32, re-signed with the Toronto Blue Jays on a two-year deal, which will pay him $26.5 million, reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. #BlueJays announce $26-million, two-year deal for Marco Estrada. — Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 13, 2015   As Davidi mentions, Estrada will earn $11.5 million...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays discussing multi-year deal with RHP Estrada

Marco Estrada was a big part of the Blue Jays success in 2015. YardbarkerThe Blue Jays are talking to right-hander Marco Estrada about a multi-year contract in advance of Friday's deadline for free agents to decide on qualifying offers, according to major-league sources.Estrada, 32, could accept the one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer, reject it and remain in the open market...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies have pitching help on the way

Miguel Castro was acquired by the Rockies in the controversial Tulowitzki trade Another year, another plea for quality starting pitching comes from the fans of the Colorado Rockies. It’s no surprise that Coors Field does not have the allure to pitchers that parks such as AT&T Park or Safeco Field have, but the Rockies had the highest octane offense in 2015. They finished...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista defends bat flip: I felt like a superhero

Jose Bautista defended his famous bat flip in an essay written for The Players’ Tribune in which he compared his experience to that of being a superhero. Bautista hit one of the biggest home runs in Toronto Blue Jays history when he blasted a 3-run home run in Game 5 of the ALDS against the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking back: Postseason dues paid in full for David Price

Over the years, Major League Baseball has seen a variety of postseason pitching performances that have topped the leader board and left many impressed. From Bob Gibson with the 1967 St. Louis Cardinals going 3-0 with three complete games, to Madison Bumgarner with the 2014 San Francisco Giants going 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA and a complete game shut-out, pitchers have long been seizing...
Via The Sports Quotient
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Incoming Jays president questioned outgoing GM

The Toronto Blue Jays sold out a portion of their farm system in hopes of a 2015 World Series but fell short of a ring, and incoming president Mark Shapiro questioned the merit of the trades. That conversation may have played a role in Alex Anthopoulos declining a four-year extension to serve as general manager. Rick Westhead of TSN notes a team source said: “Mark is a pretty...
Via Sportsnaut
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Blue Jays GM leaving after turning down extension

The Toronto Blue Jays are now entering a potentially franchise-altering offseason. General manager Alex Anthopoulos is leaving the team after rejecting a contract extension to stay in Toronto, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by Sportsnet. The move is a pretty big surprise, at least given the success Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays had in 2015. The Jays...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Toronto Blue Jays

What a wild season for the Toronto Blue Jays. After teetering around the .500 mark going into the trade deadline, general manager Alex Anthopoulos swung massive trades to acquire David Price and Troy Tulowitzki and the team caught fire, finishing first in the AL East with a 93-69 record and making the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in ’93. The club...
Via The Outside Corner
October 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Nike's self-lacing shoe comes to life on "Back To The Future" Day

Social media and pop culture hubs literally exploded on Wednesday with the hype and fanfare surrounding “Back To The Future” Day.No, the real-life October 21, 2015 doesn’t have flying cars and readily-available hoverboards. No, the Cubs didn’t just win the World Series. No, Marty McFly’s hologram ball cap isn’t a fashion staple.But thanks to Nike, there is one element...
Via Yardbarker
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

R.A. Dickey’s unique stuff and conventional problems

There are things that are different about R.A. Dickey, of course. No one pitch was thrown as often as the 2,840 regular season knuckleballs that Dickey threw this year. No other qualified pitcher threw any knuckle balls this year by PITCHf/x. The starter who threw the fewest fastballs other than Dickey threw three times as many. No pitch gets equal swinging strike results in and...
Via Fangraphs
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays won't sell beer cans in upper deck for ALCS

The Toronto Blue Jays are changing the way they’ll sell beer after the fiasco that was Game 5 of their American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers. After fans threw beer cans on the field when the Rangers pulled ahead on a bizarre throwing error by catcher Russell Martin in the seventh inning of that game, Rogers Centre won’t sell beer cans in the upper deck...
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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