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Blue Jays, Pirates both love Russell Martin, but only Toronto has him

DUNEDIN, Fla. – It’s almost as if the Blue Jays hatched a sinister plot on Russell Martin. Sure, Russ, here’s that lavish five-year contract. And here’s a pitching staff with two rookie starters, two rookie relievers and a 40-year-old knuckleballer, OK? “He’s got a full plate,” the knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey, said with a smile. “But hey, that’s why we paid him ...
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Hutchison 3 shutout innings as Blue Jays top Red Sox 9-7

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Drew Hutchison wondered two years ago if he could pitch effectively again. No need to worry any more. Hutchison tuned up for his opening-day start at Yankee Stadium next week by pitching three scoreless innings Wednesday in the Toronto Blue Jays' 9-7 win over a Boston Red Sox split squad. ''My arm is good,'' said Hutchison, who missed the 2013 season after...
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Toronto Blue Jays In Dire Need Of New Spring Training Site

JUPITER, Fla.- The people in the Marriott hotel chain had a vision so what did its executives do? They recently opened a 128-room Courtyard brand across the street from Roger Dean Stadium. Marriott saw the potential in Abacoa Town Centre which is actually a small village community of 10,000 within the town of Jupiter, which plays host each spring training to the St. Louis Cardinals...
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Allen Craig Hits Stand-Up, Inside-The-Park Home Run Vs. Blue Jays (Video)

All it took was a hard line drive and a lucky bounce to get the normally not-so-fleet-footed Allen Craig around the bases. The Boston Red Sox outfielder hit a stand-up, inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the fourth inning Wednesday to get the home team on the board against the Toronto Blue Jays. Craig smacked a liner toward the right field corner, where it careened off the...
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Devon Travis Gets His Shot in Toronto

For the second year in a row, the Blue Jays headed into spring training with no clear second baseman. Last year, their second base competition featured Ryan Goins, Maicer Izturis, Munenori Kawasaki, Chris Getz and Steve Tolleson. Unsurprisingly, this quintet ranked last in our preseason, second base positional power rankings with a collective projection of 0.1 WAR. Nonetheless, the Jays […]
Via Fangraphs
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Latest R.A. Dickey Experiment

R.A. Dickey‘s entire career has, essentially, been one giant experiment. You know the story by now. Dickey was drafted by the Texas Rangers back in 1996, and took a signing bonus for nearly $800,000 less than what was originally offered after team doctors discovered he just didn’t even have an ulnar collateral ligament in his […]
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Dodgers Release Dustin McGowan

 The Los Angeles Dodgers took a step closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster when they released veteran right handed reliever Dustin McGowan today. McGowan was 5-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 53 games last year for Toronto last year.  He made 8 starts for the Blue Jays, but Manager John Gibbons felt the toll of pitching every fifth day was too much for McGowan, who is a diabetic...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Blue Jays go deep 4 times, beat Phillies 10-6

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson each hit long home runs Tuesday, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Encarnacion's two-run shot off Sean O'Sullivan in the first inning went over batter's eye screen in center field. It was the first of the spring for Encarnacion, who has struggled to a .118 average...
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Toronto Blue Jays Roster Almost Set

The Toronto Blue Jays rolled the dice in the 2012 off season in an attempt to cash in on what they saw as a two-year window of opportunity to capture an American League East pennant, emptying their farm system of much top-level talent in re-stocking their roster with veterans like Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey, and Mark Buehrle. That trio has not led the Blue Jays to the post-season...
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Phillies head to Dunedin to face Blue Jays last Spring road game

The equipment is getting packed up as the Phillies prepare to head back north to Philadelphia for this weekend's "On Deck" series. The Phillies will make their last Spring Training road trip of the year as the team heads to nearby Dunedin to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Given...
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Blue Jays' Hutchison to make first opening-day start

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto has picked Drew Hutchison to make his first opening-day start, and the right-hander is slated to face the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on April 6 in New York. Toronto manager John Gibbons announced the decision Tuesday. Hutchison is 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA in three career starts at Yankee Stadium. After missing the 2013 season while recovering from elbow ligament...
Via AP on Fox
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Names to Watch in 2015: Toronto Blue Jays’ Francisco Gracesqui

The Toronto Blue Jays minor league system is loaded with young talent. While certain prospects receive a lot of attention from fans, some very good players fly under-the-radar every season. That was just the case for left-handed pitcher Francisco Gracesqui, until a breakout 2014 season helped to spring-board the young prospect up the depth chart. The young lefty started receiving...
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Smoak, Blue Jays rough up Oberholtzer and the Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Danny Valencia, Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak homered in the first two innings off Brett Olberholtzer, and Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 7-4 Monday night. Oberholtzer, pitching for the first time since straining a lat muscle on March 10, gave up five hits and five runs in 3 1-3 innings. George Springer robbed Colabello of a second home run off...
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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
2 days 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.
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3 days ago

Jimenez sharp as Orioles' split squad beats Blue Jays 4-2

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run in six innings Sunday, helping a Baltimore Orioles' split squad beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2. Jimenez, who entered with a 6.06 ERA in five exhibition starts, gave up a fourth-inning home run to Josh Donaldson. A 2010 All-Star, Jimenez allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one. Toronto's Mark Buehrle yielded one run and...
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Bautista hits 2-run double for Blue Jays in loss to Braves

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Jose Bautista hit a two-run double for the split-squad Toronto Blue Jays in a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Bautista doubled to the left-center field gap off starter Alex Wood in the third inning, scoring Jose Reyes and Russell Martin. Bautista, a five-time All-Star, is batting .324 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 14 exhibition games. Wood gave...
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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...
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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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Drabek Claimed by White Sox

Kyle Drabek, who had been competing to join the Blue Jays’ bullpen when the team headed north, has been claimed on waivers by the Chicago White Sox. It isn’t entirely clear at present if Drabek will join Chicago’s bullpen or try to be snuck through waivers again by them since he’s out of options. David Robertson, Zach Putnam, Jake Petricka, and Zach Duke are locks. Javy Guerra...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Acquire Former Top Prospect Pitcher

Kyle Drabek is making his way to the South Side. He was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Drabek is a former top prospect. He was drafted at #18 in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He was the centerpiece of the trade which sent him to Toronto Blue Jays and Roy Halladay to the Phillies. Drabek is the son of Cy Young winner and former...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox Claim Kyle Drabek Off Waivers From Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that right-handed relief pitcher Kyle Drabek has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. The 27-year-old right-hander, spent most of the 2014 campaign with the BlueJays’ Triple-A affiliate at Buffalo. At Triple-A Buffalo, Drabek recorded a 4.18 ERA, along with 68 strikeouts and 30 walks, in 99 innings pitched over 32 games (13 starts...
Via Baseball Essential
5 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
5 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...
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5 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
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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