Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Ex-ALers deliver, Braves take series from Jays

    Fox Sports "Jason Grilli put the finishing touches on the a successful trip to the Great White North, fanning Dalton Pompey on three pitches to give the Braves a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays and their closer a MLB-best six saves on the season. Here are three thoughts from Atlanta's win Sunday in Toronto. 1...." April 20

  • Dodgers lead for top Cuban righty; Jays, Nats, D-Backs, Rangers in "The Dodgers are said to have been the most aggressive team to date in trying to land top Cuban teenaged pitcher Yadier Alvarez, but they have considerable company in the pursuit, with the Blue Jays, Nationals, Rangers, Diamondbacks among teams involved with the right-hander. Alvarez, who just..." April 20

  • MLB sets attendance record for first 2 weekends of season

    The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20

  • Blue Jays rookie Daniel Norris is struggling with “dead-arm phase”

    Hardball Talk "Blue Jays left-hander Daniel Norris failed to make it out of third inning Sunday against the Braves, allowing five runs while recording eight outs, and afterward the 22-year-old rookie told reporters he’s going through a “dead-arm phase.” You can’t do anything to fix it. It’s just kind of, get..." April 20

  • Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20

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    John Lott @LottOnBaseball

    Travis leaves game after taking a pitch in left side, then aggravating it on dive to first on pickoff try. Tolleson in. #BlueJays

  • Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson hits game-winning walkoff homer against Braves

    Toronto Star "Considering how their first homestand of the season was going and how they have struggled in one-run games, Josh Donaldson’s 10th-inning, walkoff blast Saturday afternoon brought the Blue Jays relief, more than anything. “We definitely needed that,” manager John Gibbons said. “I don’t care what..." April 19

  • Late homers push Braves past high-powered Blue Jays

    Fox Sports South "The Atlanta Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night by giving them a late dose of their own medicine, hitting two eighth-inning home runs to secure an 8-7 win on the road. Here are three observations from the interleague fireworks show: 1. BRAVES DITCH SMALL BALL TO OUT-PACE BLUE..." April 18

  • Mark Buehrle could retire after 2015 season "Mark Buehrle is considering retirement after the year, according to people in position to know. Buehrle, 201-152 with a 3.81 ERA lifetime, has been the hallmark of consistency throughout a brilliant career but will also be remembered for some spectacular moments, such as two no-hitters (one a..." April 18

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    Ben Nicholson-Smith @bnicholsonsmith

    Jose Reyes has small crack/fracture in rib per Gibbons. #BlueJays expect to have sense of whether DL will be required today.

  • Fastball hits Longoria, mars Rays win over Toronto

    Tampa Tribune "Evan Longoria said he will play Friday when the Rays begin a long homestand with the first game of a weekend series against the Yankees. That was in question when Longoria limped off the field in the eighth inning Thursday after being struck on the left hip by a pitch from Marco Estrada, an old..." April 17

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    Gregor Chisholm @gregorMLB

    Reyes left with soreness in his left rib area according to a #BlueJays spokesman. Sounds the oblique he had been dealing with.

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    John Lott @LottOnBaseball

    Reyes has a small crack in a left rib. #BlueJays plan to give him the weekend off and determine next move after Monday’s off-day. (1/2)

  • Blue Jays Designate Todd Redmond For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have designated right-hander Todd Redmond for assignment, as per a team press release. Infielder Ryan Goins has been recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Redmond had gotten off to a rough start in 2015, posting a 16.62 ERA in 4 1/3 innings of work, allowing five walks..." April 16

  • Jays bats come to life, crush Rays

    Bluebird Banter "After two frustrating games in a row, the Jays bats finally cleared customs and were used to lay a beating on the Rays. The Jays scored in each of the first 5 innings: 1st inning: 2 runs off a Jose Bautista 2 run homer. 2nd inning: 3 runs on singles from Jose Reyes and Josh Donaldson..." April 16

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    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    Jays SS Reyes left the game after the B1 because of soreness in his left rib area. #Rays-Jays scoreless after 1

  • Games on the horizon for Blue Jays’ Saunders "Toronto Blue Jays left-fielder Michael Saunders is expected to resume his rehab assignment with single-A Dunedin either Thursday or Friday after taking a few days off to rest some tightness in his right hamstring. Saunders ran sprints and the bases Wednesday, ramping back up after leaving a..." April 16

  • Souza’s bat clinches Rays’ fourth win in a row

    Tampa Tribune "Steven Souza Jr. began his postgame interview by talking about how awesome it is for him to watch his teammates grind out at-bat after at-bat and the pitching staff put together shutdown innings. On Tuesday, it was Souza’s turn to do something awesome. He began with one of the longest home..." April 15

  • Report: MLB monitoring irregular bounces on Rogers Centre turf "Major League Baseball is "actively monitoring" the turf at the Toronto Blue Jays' Rogers Centre due to irregular bounces over the team's first two home games, reports Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. ​The Rogers Centre turf was switched from AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D to AstroTurf 3D Xtreme prior to..." April 15

  • The new turf at Rogers Centre is slow

    Toronto Star "It was suggested to Jose Bautista on Tuesday that the Rogers Centre’s new turf looks slower to the naked eye. “It looks slower to all kinds of eyes,” the Blue Jays right fielder deadpanned. “It’s weird, but we’re going to have to adjust,” he said. “It’s definitely a lot slower than it was in..." April 15

  • Game of throws: Rays hold off Blue Jays, 2-1

    Tampa Tribune "It was a night for impressive throws. The ones to the plate by Jake Odorizzi for eight innings that shut down the Toronto Blue Jays and the one Brad Boxberger threw past Edwin Encarnacion for a big strikeout in the ninth. And how about the throw Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera made after..." April 14

  • Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few innings.

    Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14

  • Blue Jays' Bautista unloads on O's nemesis

    Toronto Sun "The Pace of Play committee won’t be using tapes of Sunday afternoon’s game as an illustration to other clubs. Dalton Pompey walked with two out in the eighth and Baltimore Orioles reliever Darren O’Day was ready to deliver a 3-2 pitch to his nemesis, Jose Bautista, with the Blue Jays leading..." April 13

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    Gregor Chisholm @gregorMLB

    Saunders was removed from today's game in Dunedin because of a tight hamstring. Precautionary move by the #BlueJays

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    Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi

    Maicer Izturis still rehabbing, says AA. Won't play before month's end at earliest

  • Ubaldo Jimenez shows his best stuff as Orioles rout Blue Jays, 7-1

    Baltimore Sun "There were times during Ubaldo Jimenez's turbulent 2014 season when he left the mound to boos at Camden Yards. He heard those boos, and Jimenez would acknowledge that he was just as frustrated as those fans, if not more so. But in Jimenez's regular-season debut Saturday night against the..." April 12

  • Mark Buehrle is quietly building his Hall of Fame case with win No. 200 "Mark Buehrle is the antithesis of the modern starting pitcher: They throw hard, he throws soft; they rack up strikeouts, he racks up outs; they contemplate the meaning of the universe between pitches, he works quickly; they get injured, he's made 30-plus starts and worked 200-plus innings 14..." April 12

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    John Lott @LottOnBaseball

    In Dunedin’s 2-0 loss, DH Michael Saunders (rehab, knee) doubled and singled in four ABs. SP Brad Allen: 5IP/0H/0R/1BB/3K.

  • Buehrle and Jays spoil Orioles’ home opener with win No. 200

    Toronto Star "It might be a matter of just hanging around the majors long enough but on Friday, 36-year-old Mark Buehrle spoiled the Opening dDay party at Camden Yards, beating the Orioles 12-5, in winning his 200th career game. The Blue Jays’ 15-year veteran lefty trails just three active pitchers in..." April 11

  • MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11

  • Bullpen will be very important for Blue Jays

    Toronto Sun "Miguel Castro isn't the only young reliever who is getting a higher profile early in the season. His roommate, Roberto Osuna, also is going to be pitching in high-leverage situations. He likely will find himself in a set-up role in the seventh or eighth inning. "We're going to have to use him,"..." April 10

  • Blue Jays Hold On To Early Lead, Win Series Against Yankees

    Bluebird Banter "After a tough loss yesterday, the Blue Jays managed to hang on to an early lead and win the series against the Yankees. The Jays stormed out to the quick lead in the second, scoring four runs off of C.C. Sabathia. Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson opened the inning with singles, before Danny..." April 10

  • Ted Rogers statue leaves sour taste among Blue Jays fans

    Toronto Star "The timing was terrible, first of all. It was July 2013 and the Blue Jays were in the middle of their disastrous, season-long flop after an unprecedented off-season of raised expectations. They were last in the division and already out of the race with nearly half the season left to play. Fan..." April 09

  • Crazy rally in eighth gives Yankees first win of season

    New York Post "Yankee Stadium has hosted its share of late-game rallies. Not many have been as, well, strange as Wednesday night’s comeback in the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. The Yankees took advantage of a bloop double, two batters hit by pitches and a wild pitch to take the lead in the bottom of..." April 09

  • Blue Jays’ Saunders to start rehab assignment "Michael Saunders is expected to start a rehab assignment with single-A Dunedin on Thursday, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday, although exactly how long the left-fielder needs is yet to be determined. The team will have up to 20 days to activate Saunders once he begins the..." April 09

  • MLB Has Started Issuing Warnings To Those Violating Pace-Of-Play Rules "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09

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    Gregor Chisholm @gregorMLB

    Cecil has been at least temporarily removed from #BlueJays closer's role. Castro becomes an option in 9th.

  • Unexpected, strategic gamble win-now Blue Jays are making

    New York Post "At a moment of organizational crisis, the Blue Jays are trying something different in the majors in 2015 — putting their best players on the roster. They ignored age, service time, future costs and protocol. “We told our players it was an open competition and to go out and win a job,” Toronto..." April 09

  • Blue Jays’ Saunders to start rehab assignment "Michael Saunders is expected to start a rehab assignment with single-A Dunedin on Thursday, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday, although exactly how long the left-fielder needs is yet to be determined. The team will have up to 20 days to activate Saunders once he begins the..." April 08

  • Jays open with 6-1 win over New York Yankees

    Toronto Sun "Yankee Stadium has long been a place where Blue Jays hopes and dreams go to wither and die. In the recent past, they went 17 games in a row in this grand baseball cathedral without a sniff of victory. The spell was broken last summer and now, at the dawn of a season in which the Jays have..." April 07

  • Blue Jays give damning Tanaka report: ‘More than hittable’

    New York Post "Toronto got the watered-down version of Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka that they expected, and roughed him up in a 6-1, Opening Day rout at the Stadium. Instead of the electric All-Star from last year, the Blue Jays faced a gas-less facsimile, one they said will have to make adjustments to get by..." April 07

  • Cubs lead way as MLB sets spring training attendance records

    Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07

  • Jays’ Stroman: ‘I want to be back’ in September "Marcus Stroman says it directly and without hesitation. “I know they’re saying I’m going to be out the whole year, but I still have hope. My thought process is I’m going to be ready for September,” Stroman says. “I’m not going to rush it. I would never come back prematurely. I’m going to make..." April 07

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    MLBLineups @mlblineups

    4/6 @BlueJays lineup vs NYY Reyes SS Martin C Bautista RF Encarnacion 1B Donaldson 3B Navarro DH Pompey CF Pillar LF Travis 2B Hutchison P

  • End of Cuban embargo may bring flood of MLB talent

    Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06

  • Struggles Latin Prospects Face by Jose Bautista

    The Player's Tribune "I'm trying to hand the phone to my teammates and they’re looking at it like it’s a bomb. I go to toss it to one of them and he puts his hands up. “No, no.” I go to hand it to another guy and he shakes his head. I look around the room and all five guys are looking at me like I’m crazy. I’m..." April 03

  • Blue Jays sign Doubront to minor-league deal "The Toronto Blue Jays added some badly needed pitching depth to their system by signing left-hander Felix Doubront to a minor-league deal, according to a source. Doubront, 27, will report to triple-A Buffalo but gives the Blue Jays some options if there are struggles or injuries in their..." April 02

  • Jays, fans waiting for a healthy Jose Reyes

    Toronto Sun "There is no rocker sitting in front of Jose Reyes locker. No wheelchair, either. Contrary to a lot of reports, Reyes isn’t headed to the scrap heap, just yet. Wearing his customary Superman T-shirt, Reyes looked back over his 2014 season which was one of two worlds. Offensively, he..." April 02

  • MLB average salary to top $4 million "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01

  • Major League players’ meal per diem to be $100.50 in 2015

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01