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Marcus Stroman raps a few bars with Mike Stud at Toronto gig - watch

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman is more than a pitcher - he may be the league's most interesting man.On Wednesday night at Toronto's Opera House, he demonstrated his skills outside the game by appearing on stage as a guest of rapper Mike Stud. Stroman joined his old Duke friend/former collegiate teammate Stud to deliver a few lines on Stud's song "These Days". Naturally...
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AL East teams at the start of spring training

A team-by-team look at the American League East entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: --- Toronto Blue Jays Manager: John Gibbons (fourth season). 2015: 93-69, first place, lost to Royals in ALCS. Training Town: Dunedin, Florida. Park: Florida Auto Exchange...
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Jose Bautista jokes that he's a glorified towel boy as NBA All-Star Celebrity Game coach

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder José Bautista knows his role and how to make the most of it.With two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador Drake also on the Canadian sideline, six-time American League All-Star Bautista has joked there's not much for him to do but look pretty."Hopefully I’ll just stand there, look halfway decent and maybe pass out some towels...
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MVP meets JT: Josh Donaldson hung out with Justin Timberlake

Quick rundown of Josh Donaldson's offseason so far: Won an MVP Named cover player for MLB: The Show Filmed a scene on the show "Vikings" Got a raise and an extension Pretty nice list, right? Well now, he can add "hung out with Justin Timberlake on a golf course":There's still a few weeks left of the offseason before spring training gets underway, so there's still some time for him...
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The Blue Jays are figuring out this grass field thing as they go

Grass field in a domed stadium? Technology has allowed what was once thought impossible to become possible. However, the latest team to experiment with getting rid of artificial turf in favor of the real stuff, the Toronto Blue Jays, are finding the possibility of changing things up a bit more challenging. Some see the Blue Jays putting in a full dirt infield as the natural first...
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Blue Jays making progress on their all-dirt infield

This offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays are installing regular dirt in the infield and base paths, becoming the last team to eliminate the "sliding pits." On Wednesday, just two days after starting the project, the team peeled back the curtains a bit on the construction: It's pretty interesting to hear about the process and the gravel and dirt that they'll use, but isn't it crazy to...
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Toronto Blue Jays 2016 Preview

Last year’s Blue Jays zoomed back to relevance for the first time since the Clinton Administration (or the Kim Campbell one, if you are reading this and are north of the border). They had, in fact, been the only major league team to not qualify for the playoffs since the advent of the first wild card playoff slot. They fortified a strong lineup by adding one of the game’s best...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Minor League Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays sort of operate their franchise like your buddy that chases strippers and always ends up with a massive credit card bill to show for it. Sure, sometimes it makes for a once in a lifetime experience (Josh Donaldson), but other times it's for fleeting exploits with a disappointing outcome (David Price). Only the bill in this case isn't an actual physical one, but a bare...
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Donaldson, Blue Jays complete $28.65 million, 2-year deal

TORONTO (AP) AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have completed their agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract. Donaldson receives $11.65 million this year and $17 million in 2017 under the deal announced Wednesday. Toronto and Donaldson had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing next week. The 30-year-old third baseman had asked for a raise from $4...
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Report: Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson Agree to Two-Year Extension

According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the Toronto Blue Jays have given third baseman Josh Donaldson a two-year extension worth $29 million. The agreement was first reported by Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. A bit late posting: #BlueJays and Josh Donaldson avoid arbitration with 2-yr deal worth nearly $29m, per source. https://t.co/I5swuSfDL2 — Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) February 9...
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Let’s Craft an Extension for Jose Bautista

Last night, the Jays avoided arbitration with Josh Donaldson, agreeing to a two year deal that gives him nearly $29 million in guaranteed income, and helps the team avoid a second huge raise next year if Donaldson has another great year. The team had publicly stated their desire to get Donaldson locked up long-term, but as a Super Two coming off an MVP season, Donaldson had plenty...
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Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman: the most interesting man in MLB?

Marcus Stroman would very much like to be considered one of the game's best - both on and off the field.The 24-year-old Duke product is a vital part of the Toronto Blue Jays' pitching staff and is heading into 2016 even hungrier than ever after missing most of the 2015 season. As he told Bob Nightengale of USA Today for a new piece, however, he has goals that go far beyond the diamond...
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AP source: Donaldson, Blue Jays nearing $28.65M, 2-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because the agreement had not been completed. The progress toward a deal was first reported by Sportsnet in Canada. Donaldson and the...
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Report: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays agree to 2-year deal

The Toronto Blue Jays and star third baseman Josh Donaldson have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract worth nearly $29 million, according to Sportsnet Canada. Donaldson, the 2015 American League MVP, took to Twitter shortly before the Sportsnet report was published Monday night. Mood right now. pic.twitter.com/QCJBAcc0GW — Josh Donaldson (@BringerOfRain20...
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2016 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects by Ezra Wise and BP Prospect Staff

A division title caused significant turnover, but the Jays aren`t lacking in prospect talent.
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Report: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays agree to two-year extension

Josh Donaldson is cashing in on his MVP season.According to a report from Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a two-year deal with the superstar third baseman, avoiding arbitration. The pact is for a total of $29 million.Donaldson, of course, is coming off a huge 2015 season, culminating in an AL MVP award. The 30-year-old slashed .297/.391/.568 with 41...
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Report: Jays, Donaldson agree to two-year extension

The Toronto Blue Jays and reigning American League Most Valuable Player Josh Donaldson have avoided arbitration and agreed to a two-year contract extension worth nearly $29 million. Donaldson still has one more arbitration-eligible year in 2018. When the two sides exchanged arbitration numbers, the Blue Jays were sitting at $11.35 million and Donaldson’s camp at $11.8 million...
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Can Toronto Trust Marcus Stroman?

We get it, Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman is the man. He has a slick haircut that mirrors Odell Beckham Jr. He’s shown off his rap skills, proving that Damian Lillard isn’t the only professional athlete that can spit bars. He even changed his number to six to represent the city that he plays for. But can the Blue Jays really trust Stroman to lead them down...
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Pitcher Gavin Floyd agrees to $1M, 1-year deal with Toronto

TORONTO (AP) Right-hander Gavin Floyd and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract. Floyd can make an additional $1 million in bonuses based on days on the active roster: $500,000 for 90, and $250,000 each for 120 and 140. A 12-year veteran who has also pitched for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta, Floyd had a 2.70 ERA and no decisions...
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Blue Jays hire Wedge for front office role, could he replace Gibbons?

The Toronto Blue Jays announced Saturday Eric Wedge, who spent 10 seasons as a MLB manager for the Cleveland Indians (2003-2009) and Seattle Mariners (2011-2013), has been hired as the team's Player Development Advisor.Wedge has spent the last two years since being the Mariners manager working as an analyst at EPSN. While he been hired at the Player Development Advisor for the Blue...
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Blue Jays sign RHP Gavin Floyd to 1-year, $1M contract

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $1 million dollar contract. A 12-year veteran who has also pitched for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta, Floyd made seven relief appearances with Cleveland last season, missing significant time with a fractured elbow for the second straight year. He had no record and a 2.70 ERA...
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Jesse Chavez beats Blue Jays in arbitration, awarded $4M

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Jesse Chavez defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in salary arbitration, improving players to 3-0 this year in cases that went to hearings. Chavez was awarded a $4 million salary on Saturday by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, who heard the case a day earlier. The Blue Jays argued the 32-year-old right-hander should be paid $3.6 million. ...
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Jesse Chavez beats Blue Jays in arbitration; players 3-0

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Jesse Chavez defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in salary arbitration, improving players to 3-0 this year in cases that went to hearings. Chavez was awarded a $4 million salary on Saturday by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, who heard the case a day earlier. The Blue Jays argued the 32-year-old right-hander should be paid $3.6 million. ...
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Jesse Chavez, Jays argue arbitration case $400,000 apart

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Jesse Chavez and the Toronto Blue Jays have argued their salary arbitration case, with the sides $400,000 apart. Chavez asked arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis for a $4 million salary during a hearing Friday. The Blue Jays argued the 32-year-old right-hander should be paid $3.6 million. A decision is expected Saturday. Chavez was 7-15...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

David Aardsma agrees to minor league contract with Blue Jays

Pitcher David Aardsma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training. The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. Selected by the Giants with the 22nd overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft he is 16-18 with 69 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 331 relief...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss
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