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Determining Daniel Norris’ 2015 Role

Daniel Norris could end up breaking camp with the Blue Jays. One of the most interesting men you’ll find in all of the MLB is the Toronto Blue Jays top prospect, Daniel Norris. Norris is set to trek down to Johnson City, Tennessee to Dunedin for Spring Training in his 1978 Volskwagen van where he makes frequent stops to surf in the ocean and cook meals. The van becomes his...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardy Show Episode 60: Daniel Norris/Devon Travis/Mike Wilner Recaps

In this episode of the Cardy Show, I recap my conversations with Toronto Blue Jays prospects Devon Travis and Daniel Norris. I also chatted with play by play man Mike Wilner. Unfortunately the audio footage I got at the St.Thomas Sports Spectacular is gone into Internet outer space so I apologize for that. However I learned a lot and had a blast. Big thanks to James Willemse and...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What Will Paul Beeston’s Legacy Be?

Paul Beeston was the very first employee the newly-hatched expansion Toronto Blue Jays hired in 1976, hired even before GM Peter Bavasi came on board. Having been a senior executive with the Blue Jays since 1977, Beeston has served as President and CEO of the organization from 1989-1997, and again from 2009 to the present after serving as the President of Major League Baseball. With...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #118: Marcus Stroman | SP | TOR

You may not have seen much of Marcus Stroman in 2014, in no part due to his small stature (5’9, 185 lbs) but rather due to him beginning the year in the minor leagues. With that said, this 2012 amateur draft first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays has impressed every baseball enthusiast who has seen and covered him since he became a pro. After dominating minor league hitters...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: 3 Power Moves for the Diamond from Edwin Encarnación

The Toronto Blue Jays Dominican power-hitter Edwin Encarnación is wasting no time in the new year, gearing up early for spring training with cardio workouts, fielding routines and plenty of strength and
Via Stack
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Blue Jays interested in James Shields

James Shields is one of the top free agents remaining on the market. With just over a month before pitchers and catchers report to team camps, Shields remains unsigned. One team who may emerge to sign Shields, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, is the Toronto Blue Jays. Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are having internal discussions centered around Shields, in an...
Via Sports-Glory
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jays avoid arbitration with Estrada, Saunders

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with right-hander Marco Estrada and outfielder Michael Saunders by agreeing to one-year contracts. Estrada, acquired from Milwaukee last November for first baseman Adam Lind, agreed at $3.9 million, up from $3,365,000. He Estrada went 7-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 39 games with the Brewers last season. Saunders, acquired from Seattle...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays settle with Cecil, strike deal with Dirks

TORONTO (AP) Brett Cecil and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,475,000, avoiding salary arbitration. Toronto also agreed Thursday to a minor league contract with outfielder Andy Dirks, who was claimed off waivers from Detroit on Oct. 31 and became a free agent when the Blue Jays failed to offer a major league deal by the Dec. 2 deadline. Cecil, 28...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Names To Watch in 2015: Blue Jays’ Blake McFarland

With uncertainty in their major league bullpen and limited big name free agents still available to fill the void, Toronto Blue Jays fans should be getting acquainted with right-handed prospect Blake McFarland, an older minor leaguer that refuses to become complacent. McFarland is starting to get the recognition he deserves after a stellar Arizona Fall League campaign. Facing quite...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays claim RHP Matt West off waivers from Texas

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed right-hander Matt West off waivers from the Texas Rangers. The Blue Jays made the move Wednesday. The 26-year-old West made his major league debut last season, pitching four innings over three games for Texas. He had a 6.75 ERA and no decisions. Toronto designated right-hander Cory Burns for assignment.
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays’ Michael Kraft has Big Expectations for 2015 Season

Success in baseball all begins with pitching, and the Toronto Blue Jays excel in this area of their minor league development. With a continued effort to draft and sign quality young arms that can develop into major league talents, the Blue Jays are hoping they found a late round steal in left-handed reliever Michael Kraft. Selected in the 37th round of the 2014 MLB draft out of the...
Via Baseball Essential
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Blue Jays Have A Deal With Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays have a deal in place with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for $3.2 million dollars according to International sources. Apparently they had a verbal deal that will kick in on July 2. January 5 Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that teenager Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won’t be able to sign until July 2, but sources told him the...
Via Mets Merized Online
18 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s send young Blue Jays fan care package after acquiring Brett Lawrie (pics)

To say that Amelia, a 6-year-old Toronto Blue Jays fan, has enjoyed something of a baseball-related windfall of goodwill over the holidays would be an understatement. Amelia became something of an Internet sensation after a video went viral that documented her devastation upon learning that Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie, her favorite player on...Read More The post A’s send...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers to sign lottery ticket Sergio Santos to minor-league deal

This front office, man. It’s good. This is the kind of move a smart front office makes. #Dodgers, in search of bullpen depth, expected to sign pitcher Sergio Santos http://t.co/UGZIZMvkfC — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) December 30, 2014 The Dodgers are apparently set to sign former White Sox and Blue Jays’ reliever Sergio Santos to a minor-league deal. It promises to be chock...
Via Dodgers Digest
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Remember all the speculation about Billy Beane possibly trading Josh Donaldson because of a conflict of personalities? It looks like we have confirmation that that was not the case. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi published a piece on Tuesday about how the Donaldson trade between the A’s and Blue Jays unfolded. The trade, which was announced on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Omar! My Life On & Off the Field – Omar Vizquel with Bob Dyer

In 2002, despite being a decade away from the end of his playing career, Omar Vizquel felt the need to record the details of his career in his official auto-biography, Omar!: My Life On and Off the Field. Whether he was trying to cash in one more time on the success of the 1990’s (which was obviously coming to an end), get things off his chest (like in Terry Francona’s Red Sox...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

An Attempted Defense of Colby Rasmus’ Defense

Is there a more infuriating player in the game than Colby Rasmus? Rasmus put up a 4-win age-23 season with St. Louis in 2010 and looked like a future star thanks to power, on-base skills (combining for a 130 wRC+) and adequate center field defense. By the end of 2011, though, he was a Blue Jay — […]
Via Fangraphs
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Sox OF Ryan Kalish Signs With Blue Jays

Kalish With A Young FanHe made it to the big leagues with the Red Sox in 2010—and was considered one of the bright stars on the Fenway horizon. Then, injuries piled up on Ryan Kalish and pushed his career development into a Twilight Zone of frustration. Then, last year, his former GM Theo Epstein gave him a shot with the Cubbies. In 57 games, Kalish hit just .248. Now, he's being...
Via FenwayNation
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox Ryan Kalish Signs Minor League Contract With Blue Jays

A once-promising Boston Red Sox prospect has joined an American League East foe. Former Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Blue Jays, the Jays announced Wednesday. Kalish will receive an invitation to major league spring training as part of the deal. Kalish, who turns 27 in March, was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006. He turned heads...
Via NESN.com
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Melky Cabrera, White Sox agree to 3-year deal

The Chicago White Sox just can’t stop spending, can they? In what has already been a huge offseason for them, they’ve now gone and made Melky Cabrera their latest in a long line of notable acquisitions. Source tells me Melky Cabrera agrees to three year deal with WhSox pending physical . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 14, 2014   The deal is expected to...
Via The Outside Corner
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Brett Lawrie turn it around in Oakland?

From the perspective of the Oakland Athletics, the trade that sent Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for a package of players headlined by Brett Lawrie on Friday night represents a much more disappointing picture than for the other club involved in the deal. Despite that this is the typical way in which Billy Beane operates, in addition to the fact that Donaldson was...
Via The Outside Corner
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays pay for defense in acquiring Josh Donaldson

The baseball world was treated to something of a Friday night blockbuster, as the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics came together on a trade that featured Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie as centerpieces, with three additional prospects heading to Oakland from the Jays. On the Oakland end, there is no shortage of confusion over just what they were trying to accomplish...
Via The Outside Corner
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking at the prospects the A's got in the Donaldson trade

I’ll try to complete the FanGraphs analysis of the Josh Donaldson deal, with Dave covering the A’s perspective of the deal and Drew Fairservice covering it from the Jays perspective while I’ll jump in with the prospect end of things. Those two prior pieces do a good job analyzing the various angles of this deal, with the […]
Via Fangraphs
November 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista busts up reporter over Twitter

If you are a sports reporter, calling out the universally popular Jose Bautista is probably not the way to make many friends.  Or any friends.  Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun decided against conventional wisdom to poke at the Blue Jays All-Star RF with regard to trade deadline comments.  Bautista put him in his place quickly: .@simmonssteve who are you and why are you talking...
Via Reading Between The Seams
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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