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Jays Not Willing To Deal Jeff Hoffman For Duquette Or Upton

The Toronto Blue Jays have been a hot topic of conversation of late due to their negotiations with the Baltimore Orioles for General Manager Dan Duquette, It was rumored that Orioles owner Peter Angelos was employing his shrewd business techniques attempting to land first round draft pick Jeff Hoffman as compensation. Sportsnet baseball columnist Shi Davidi reported earlier that...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bill Humber’s Spring Training For Fans Set To Kick-Off

It’s that time of year again. In fact, this is the 37th annual edition of Bill Humber’s Special Interest class at Seneca College called “Baseball Spring Training For Fans” that runs for six weeks on Saturdays. Provided through the college’s Continuing Education department and with plenty of support from Toronto’s Hanlan’s Point Society for American Baseball Research...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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
2 days 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
3 days 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Cervelli < 500

My biggest problem with the question, “How do you replace Russell Martin?” is that it’s sort of a trick question. If we define “Russell Martin” as a very strong defensive catcher with an emphasis on pitch-framing that has decent on-base abilities (at least as it comes to walk-percentage) and decent pop for the position, well, I think the Pirates are relatively good at identifying...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardy Show Episode 59: Douglas Fox / Top 10 Relief Pitchers

Good friend of The Cardy Show and new BHC contributor Doug Fox joined me to discuss all things baseball. Doug and I dig into the Paul Beeston situation and Doug gives us an update on Toronto Blue Jays prospect Matt Boyd. Doug and I also discuss the Top 10 Relief Pitchers in Baseball today. Doug is the authority on prospect knowledge so give him a follow on Twitter @clutchlings77...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

What To Expect From Daniel Norris

Developing baseball prospects takes time.  Time for them to adjust to new surroundings, new teammates, travel, and sometimes a new culture and language.  Time to learn to deal with failure (possibly for the first time), to learn how to make adjustments,how to take care of themselves, and to learn how to deal with the rigours of playing every day.  Sometimes, prospects come dripping...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros sign Colby Rasmus to reported 1-year, $8 million deal

One day after trading center fielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs, the Astros signed a possible free agent replacement. Houston agreed to terms Tuesday afternoon with outfielder Colby Rasmus, signing him to a one-year contract. Colby Rasmus’ deal is one year at $8 million, source says. No club or player options included. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 20, 2015 The 28-year...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros, free-agent OF Rasmus agree to one-year contract

HOUSTON -- Outfielder Colby Rasmus has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros. The deal was announced Tuesday, a day after Houston dealt last year's starting center fielder, Dexter Fowler, to the Chicago Cubs. The 28-year-old Rasmus started 80 games in center field for the Toronto Blue Jays last season and has played both right and left field in his six-year big league...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus And Houston Astros Do Have A Deal In Place

Colby Rasmus. Photo Credit:: Getty Images. It has already been confirmed that Ryan Vogelsong was in Houston on Monday for a physical and to finalize the details on a contract with the Houston Astros. There was a rumor Tuesday morning that free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus was spotted by a fan in Houston. ICYMI: A VERY sketchy report linking Colby Rasmus to Houston http://t.co...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 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
6 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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

R.A. Dickey Tire Pumping Josh Thole For Personal Catcher Again

It appears that R.A. Dickey did not receive the memo from Alex Anthopoulos in regards to the Toronto Blue Jays new catcher. To My Dearest R.A.: We signed Russell Martin, He is our new leader. He is going to catch knuckle balls, spit balls and anything else you can muster across the plate. Stop tire pumping Josh Thole and regain your CY Young form. Sincerely AA Dickey took...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What The Toronto Blue Jays Can Expect From Devon Travis

Second Base has been something of a black hole for the Blue Jays since Aaron Hill‘s breakout year in 2009.  Hill regressed after that career season, and a revolving door of infielders have attempted to plug the gap since then, with limited success.   With the acquisition of Devon Travis for Anthony Gose in November, that promises to change, although probably not right away....
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jays Hit By Sinking Loonie And Donaldson

The Blue Jays can’t be too happy about that sinking loonie of ours. Here it is a few months before the first regular-season paycheques must be handed over to players who are paid in U.S. funds, although the revenue obtained by the team comes in Canadian currency. The dollar is floating around the 84-cent range and that is not good for the Jays. The loonie has been on a downward...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Winter Tour

Shawn Giles got up out of bed about 4:45 Saturday morning at home in Hamilton, packed some autograph memorabilia together, threw it in his car and drove close to an hour to Toronto’s Eaton Centre. When he got there about 6, he figured he would be one of the first in line to get autographs from a number of the Toronto Blue Jays when the session began five hours later. Not so but...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 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
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardy Show Episode 58: Steve Tolleson

Utillity Man for the Toronto Blue Jays Steve Tolleson came on to chat with me today. We discussed Steve’s influence to play Major League Baseball while also addressing the Jays clubhouse chemistry question. We talk about Steve’s reaction to playing in Toronto. Steve lets us know about how he became so versatile. We discuss Josh Donaldson and more. Follow Steve @STolleson83 on...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Marco Estrada: Starter or Reliever?

Having dealt their fifth starter last year in J.A. Happ, the Blue Jays currently have an opening at the back of their rotation. While some people want stud prospect Aaron Sanchez to take that spot, or a free agent signee like Ryan Vogelsong or maybe even Chris Young, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi still thinks there’s a chance Marco Estrada may end up as the fifth starter depending on...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 10: Right Fielders In Baseball

Giancarlo Stanton. Photo Credit: Getty Images.   Baseball Hot Corner continues it’s feature of looking at the top ten players at each position and it’s my turn to bring you my list of the top right fielders in the game today. Most of this list will be based strictly on the player’s 2014 statistics. I am not excluding players who had a rough 2014 due to injuries, which is...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Munenori Kawasaki Resigns With Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays have re-signed fan favourite Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league deal on Friday with an invitation to spring training. This is the third year in a row where the Blue Jays have signed the infielder to such a deal and they’ve generally made good use of the relationship as Kawasaki has appeared in 178 games over the past two seasons. Known for his delightfulness...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardy Show Episode 57: Ryan Goins

Toronto Blue Jays Second Basemen Ryan Goins joined Brett Gard , James Willemse and myself on the show tonight. Ryan discussed his preparations for Spring Training. Ryan gave his thoughts on what the Toronto fans want from the Blue Jays in 2015 going forward. Ryan also let us know how he plans on handling the competition for the second base job. Ryan was a lot of fun and we wish...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Duquette Wants The Toronto Blue Jays; Jays Want Duquette

Dan Duquette could be on his way to the Toronto Blue Jays There has been much speculation lately that a trade will occur which would send Baltimore Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette to the Toronto Blue Jays to become the team’s CEO. Duquette would replace current CEO and President Paul Beeston, who has been with the team in two separate stints. Duquette has been the Orioles...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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