Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Blue Jays sign Andrew Albers

    Hardball Talk "Andrew Albers is headed back to MLB after a rough 2014 season in Korea, signing a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays that includes an invitation to spring training. Albers debuted for the Twins in 2013 and held his own in 10 starts as a 27-year-old rookie, but with an Opening Day roster spot..." December 19

  • Blue Jays sign Ryan Kalish

    Hardball Talk "Toronto has signed outfielder Ryan Kalish to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Kalish came up through the Red Sox’s farm system and then signed with the Cubs last offseason, hitting .248 with zero homers and a .642 OPS in 57 games for Chicago." December 17

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    Robert Murray @RobertMurrayMLB

    Source: #BlueJays to sign LHP Andrew Albers.

  • MLB releases statement on Cuban relations

    Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Mark Teahen has retired from baseball. Played seven major league seasons with #Royals, #WhiteSox, #BlueJays.

  • Jays to receive compensatory pick for Cabrera

    Sportsnet.ca "Melky Cabrera’s split from the Toronto Blue Jays, essentially decided when the team signed Russ Martin and traded for Michael Saunders, was finalized Sunday when the left-fielder reportedly reached agreement with the Chicago White Sox on a $42-million, three-year deal. The pending signing, yet..." December 15

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Source tells me Melky Cabrera agrees to three year deal with WhSox pending physical .

  • Report: White Sox sign Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal

    Hardball Talk "Update (12:38 AM EST): Levine says the deal should be in the “$45 million range”. – Bruce Levine of 670 The Score is reporting that the White Sox have signed outfielder Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal, pending a physical. The specific terms of the contract are not yet known." December 14

  • Blue Jays have interest in Nationals GM Mike Rizzo for CEO job

    ESPN.com "The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager, as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO, two industry sources told ESPN.com. Rizzo joins Baltimore's Dan Duquette, Minnesota's..." December 13

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    Mike Wilner @Wilnerness590

    #Bluejays sign 3 to minor-league deals with Spring Training invites, all have #MLB experience. RHP Wilton Lopez, 1B Jake Fox, OF Caleb Gindl

  • Will the Blue Jays trade Daniel Norris?

    Toronto Sun "Manager John Gibbons hasn’t phoned batting practice pitcher Jesus Figueroa for a heart-to-heart to tell him his scheduled mound time may be altered next season. Instead of facing Blue Jays hitters at 4:30 p.m., could he be asked the get the final three outs with the Jays nursing a one-run..." December 11

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Can confirm @JonHeymanCBS #Mets close to 1-yr major league deal with John Mayberry Jr.

  • MLB sees record $9 billion in revenues for 2014

    Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10

  • Will the Blue Jays go after McCarthy now?

    Toronto Sun "Colour Francisco Liriano black and gold ... as in gone. The Blue Jays had been discussing signing the free-agent lefty but he’s staying with the Pirates. Next? Free-agent Brandon McCarthy? McCarthy, 30, was 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts in 2014 with the New York Yankees, who picked him..." December 10

  • Blue Jays’ bullpen still biggest area of concern

    Sportsnet.ca "The biggest area of concern for the Toronto Blue Jays heading into this off-season was the bullpen, and it still is. Jays relievers finished 26th in MLB in 2014 with a .724 OPS against and 24th with a 1.34 WHIP to go with their 25th-ranked ERA of 4.09 as a group. Gone from last year’s..." December 09

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #BlueJays expected to announce that Paul Beeston will remain prez/CEO for at least another year, as @elliottbaseball first said.

  • Somebody at Rogers is out to end Beeston era with Blue Jays

    Toronto Sun "The clumsy backstabbing of Paul Beeston reeks of corporate awkwardness and baseball inexperience. It is one hell of a foolish and disrespectful way to treat a man who has given his life to baseball in this city, all of this happening in the backdrop of a most optimistic Blue Jays..." December 09

  • Blue Jays looking to hit Russell Martin second

    CBSSports.com "Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has a few new toys in his lineup, thanks to a busy Toronto offseason so far. One of those is Russell Martin, and as things stand, Gibbons will look to bat him second. "Russell would probably be the ideal two spot for us," Gibbons said Monday. "One thing about him..." December 08

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Colby Rasmus is on #royals list of outfield options. Defense and power a plus. Lefty struggles and low OBP, not so much.

  • Blue Jays claim Chris Colabello off waivers from Twins

    Hardball Talk "Toronto has claimed first baseman Chris Colabello off waivers from Minnesota. Colabello signed with the Twins after being an independent league MVP and put up big numbers at Triple-A in 2013. He got a shot in the majors this year and responded with a great April, but then slumped horribly..." December 08

  • Kenny Williams may resign White Sox, pursue Blue Jays job

    SB Nation "White Sox executive Kenny Williams appears to be a target in the Blue Jays' search for a replacement for their president and CEO, but Chicago is reportedly denying Toronto permission to speak to him. White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams said Sunday he's committed to helping Chicago..." December 08

  • Jays seek to replace CEO Beeston

    ESPN.com "The Toronto Blue Jays' ownership is actively seeking a replacement for Paul Beeston, the team's longtime president and chief executive officer, and sources say their search has progressed to the point where it is identifying possible replacements and reaching out to other teams in cases where they..." December 07

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Would #SFGiants be open to Melky reunion?Source says they expressed interest, despite Melky’s 2013 PED suspension when he was with team.

  • Blue Jays acquire outfielder Michael Saunders from Mariners for starter J.A. Happ

    Hardball Talk "Jayson Stark of ESPN.com has the breaking news … This feels like a steal for Toronto. Happ posted a decent 4.22 ERA in 158 innings this past season for the Jays, but he’s nothing more than a fourth or fifth starter and he’ll be a free agent next winter. Saunders, meanwhile, boasts a 111 OPS+..." December 03

  • Blue Jays acquire Saunders from Mariners for Happ

    Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Blue Jays plugged their hole in left field by acquiring Michael Saunders from the Seattle Mariners for left-hander J.A. Happ, a deal that signals Melky Cabrera’s departure and gives GM Alex Anthopoulos extra money to work with to bolster the bullpen. Saunders, a 28-year-old from..." December 03

  • Report: Blue Jays, Astros discuss Dexter Fowler

    Hardball Talk "According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays and Astros have had discussions regarding center fielder Dexter Fowler, who is a year away from free agency. One year after acquiring him from the Rockies, the Astros see Fowler as expendable with both George Springer and Jake Marisnick..." December 03

  • Blue Jays Sign Justin Smoak

    MLB Trade Rumors "One day after non-tendering him, the Blue Jays have signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a one-year, $1MM deal, the team announced. Toronto obviously saw an opportunity to achieve some savings, as Smoak was projected by MLBTR and contributor Matt Swartz to take home a $3MM salary through..." December 03

  • Royals eye Cabrera, but Reds, Jays and others are also in Melky mix

    CBSSports.com "The American League champion Royals, looking for bats, have been in contact with former Royal Melky Cabrera, although ultimately their small-market budget might make that a tight fit and force them to consider something more cost attractive. Cabrera's market should be strong coming off a season..." December 03

  • Markakis market: Braves, Blue Jays, Giants, O's among those in mix

    CBSSports.com "Veteran outfielder Nick Markakis, who seemed for a while to be a pretty good bet to return to the Orioles, is listening to outside offers now and said to have interest from the Braves, Blue Jays and Giants, among others. Atlanta is an interesting entry since Markakis grew up in Woodstock, Ga.,..." December 02

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #BlueJays considering free agent Alberto Callaspo for 2B. View him as potential buy-low, bounce-back candidate.

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    indians, royals, rangers taking a look at kendrys morales. mariners, jays among other possibilities.

  • Jays To Acquire Donaldson From A's For Lawrie, Others

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have struck a deal to acquire third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Athletics, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Infielder Brett Lawrie, righty Kendall Graveman, and shortstop Franklin Barreto are part of the package going back. . While we wait for the rest of this deal to..." November 30

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Melky Cabrera's preference is to sign with a team other than the Blue Jays so he doesn't have to play his home games on artificial surface.

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Blue Jays are, however, working to add a left-handed bat to their lineup. One name they are talking about: Jay Bruce.

  • Agent: Sandoval mulling offers, nearing pick

    ESPN.com "Free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is expected to make a decision about his baseball future this week, according to his brother and co-agent. Michael Sandoval did not specify which teams are in the running, but he told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes on Saturday that Pablo Sandoval has..." November 23

  • No recent contact between Blue Jays, Sandoval

    Sportsnet.ca "Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos showed interest in Pablo Sandoval earlier in the off-season, but as bidding for the free agent third baseman intensifies, the Blue Jays are remaining on the sidelines. There’s been no contact between the Blue Jays and Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez, in the last 48..." November 23

  • Jose Canseco’s Finger Falling Off Apparently Was Bad Prank

    NESN "Jose Canseco is a prankster. Just not a very good one, apparently. After shooting his middle finger off and having it reattached, the former MLB slugger said it fell off again during a poker tournament. He then expressed interest in selling the detached finger on eBay. It turns out the..." November 21

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Add #BlueJays to long list of clubs pursuing Torii Hunter. Team pursued him two years ago, not especially confident of retaining Melky.

  • Blue Jays' Dioner Navarro seeks trade following Russell Martin signing

    CBSSports.com "Russell Martin is a terrific catcher and leader, but some are wondering about the Blue Jays' choice to sign him since they already had a fine starting catcher. Dioner Navarro, the Blue Jays' returning starter, is one of those people. Navarro and the Blue Jays spoke after the big $82 million..." November 20

  • White Sox interested in OF Melky Cabrera; Mariners, Orioles too

    CBSSports.com "The White Sox, who seek a left-handed hitter, are considering a pursuit of free-agent outfield star Melky Cabrera. The move would make sense for the improving White Sox, who struggled from the No. 2 position in the batting order last year. They posted a .279 on-base percentage out of that spot,..." November 20

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    Nick Cafardo @nickcafardo

    In addition to offers by San Francisco and Boston, Pablo Sandoval is expected to receive an offer from the Blue Jays in next 24 hours.

  • Judge threatens Roger Clemens with contempt of court, sanctions in defamation case

    New York Daily News "Roger Clemens could be held in contempt of court and face sanctions for disobeying an order to turn over correspondence involving the disgraced baseball pitcher’s agents and public relations guru to lawyers representing Clemens’ former trainer, a Brooklyn judge said in court papers..." November 19

  • Red Sox offer to Sandoval coming soon; Giants, three others in mix

    CBSSports.com "Pablo Sandoval and his agents boarded a flight Wednesday afternoon from Boston, and the Red Sox are expected to make an offer by Thursday or so in what looks like a strong and spirited competition between at least five teams, including the favored, big-market Boston and San Francisco teams. The..." November 19

  • Red Sox Claim Juan Francisco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have claimed Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays, Boston announced today. Francisco, 27, had been noted as a non-tender candidate by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk, and obviously was headed in that direction given the move by the Jays to expose him to the wire. Francisco is..." November 19

  • Russell Martin makes 2015 Blue Jays most Canadian in franchise history

    Toronto Star "When the Blue Jays formally announced the signing of Canadian catcher Russell Martin on Tuesday morning, they took the unusual step of releasing the news in both official languages. It was presumably a nod to Martin’s Francophone heritage. The 31-year-old was born in Toronto but raised in..." November 19

  • Blue Jays Interested In Jon Lester, Andrew Miller

    MLB Trade Rumors "As if signing Russell Martin wasn’t enough, the Blue Jays are also looking to address their rotation and bullpen. Toronto is one of the six teams in the market for southpaw Jon Lester, WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford reports. The Jays have also been “very aggressive” in courting Andrew Miller,..." November 18

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Signing of Russell Martin likely takes TOR out of a major deal w/Melky Cabrera. Lose a pick signing Martin, gain 1 if Melky signs elsewhere.

  • Jose Canseco is putting his gun and his severed finger up for sale

    Hardball Talk "If you haven’t been following former major leaguer Jose Canseco on Twitter, you’re really missing out. Recently, he tweeted about how his finger — surgically reattached after he had accidentally shot it off — fell off during a poker tournament. Now, Canseco tweets, he’s selling both the severed..." November 18

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Signing of Russell Martin likely takes TOR out of a major deal w/Melky Cabrera. Lose a pick signing Martin, gain 1 if Melky signs elsewhere.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Martin deal with #BlueJays is five years, $82M.

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