Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • J.A. Happ named Blue Jays’ opening day starter vs. Yankees

    Sportsnet "J.A. Happ has started 228 games in the big-leagues, but never before on opening day. That’ll change on March 29, as manager John Gibbons officially named Happ the Toronto Blue Jays‘ opening day starter Tuesday. Aaron Sanchez gets the ball for the second game of the season followed by Marco..." March 20

  • Blue Jays claim left-hander Sam Moll from Mariners

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed left-handed pitcher Sam Moll on waivers from the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Saturday. Moll has spent the majority of his career in the minors but made 11 appearances with the Oakland Athletics last season, sporting a 10.80 ERA over 6.2 innings..." March 17

  • Blue Jays sign veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to minor-league deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor-league contract with an invitation major-league spring training. The 30-year-old had signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees in late January and appeared in 12 spring games for them this year but was..." March 17

  • Jays' Smoak day-to-day, Alford out 3-6 weeks

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays received good news and bad news on the injury front Friday. The good news is Justin Smoak is expected to miss only one game with a wrist injury. The bad news centre fielder Anthony Alford has been diagnosed with a grade two hamstring strain and will be sidelined for..." March 16

  • Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar not worried about placement in batting order

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays centre-fielder Kevin Pillar is once again hoping this is the year things click for him at the plate. Pillar saw his on-base percentage drop for the second consecutive season in 2017, finishing at .300. His .256 batting average was his lowest mark since his 36-game rookie..." March 16

  • Blue Jays’ Estrada ‘looks unhittable’ in minor-league outing

    Sportsnet "As Marco Estrada worked his way through five innings at the Toronto Blue Jays’ minor-league complex Thursday, a crowd of young players gathered to watch the veteran right-hander pitch. Never mind that flame-throwing first-rounder Nate Pearson was touching triple digits on the adjacent field,..." March 16

  • Jays prospect Pannone suspended 80 games

    Sporting News "Blue Jays prospect Thomas Pannone has been suspended 80 games without pay after the left-handed pitcher tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, the league announced Friday. The anabolic steroid dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, commonly known as DHCMT, was found in Pannone's..." March 16

  • Blue Jays outfield prospects pushing closer to big leagues

    Sportsnet "When John Gibbons watches Anthony Alford work a count full and take a ball the opposite way, he sees evidence of a much-improved plate approach from the top prospect. Alford, who’s now day-to-day because of right hamstring soreness, has continued his rapid development at the plate and in the..." March 15

  • Report: Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman to make spring debut Saturday

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman will pitch in his first game of spring training this Saturday, when he is slated for a couple of innings against the Canadian Junior National Team, according to Rob Longley of Postmedia. Stroman has been recovering from right shoulder inflammation...." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Axford’s chances of ‘dream come true’ Blue Jays job keep improving

    Sportsnet "Carlos Delgado started in left field the last time John Axford was in Toronto for a Blue Jays home opener. Back on April 4, 1994, Delgado was a powerful prospect with an uncertain positional future. He went deep that day, the first of eight homers he’d hit in April, and among the 50,484 fans..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Report: Blue Jays believe Tulowitzki could return before end of April

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed to's Jon Morosi on Tuesday that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who's been dealing with a bone spur in his right heel all spring, will not be ready for Opening Day on March 29. But while word of Tulo's Opening Day absence had already been..." March 13

  • Report: Braves sign former Blue Jays outfielder Ezequiel Carrera

    Sportsnet "It’s only been a couple days since he was released, but it appears utility outfielder Ezequiel Carrera has found a new team. Carrera has signed with the Atlanta Braves, according to Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports, reuniting the speedy player with general manager Alex Anthopoulos." March 13

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Blue Jays confirm Marcus Stroman won’t be ready for opening day

    Sportsnet "Marcus Stroman emerged from a Monday morning throwing session feeling much improved, but with little more than two weeks remaining before the season begins, the Toronto Blue Jays are opting for caution as he recovers from right shoulder inflammation. Stroman won’t pitch opening day against the..." March 12

  • Blue Jays prospect Sinay sacrifices his body to set unusual record

    Sportsnet "Most batters instinctively dodge fastballs careening towards their bodies. Not Nick Sinay. The Blue Jays outfield prospect set a Midwest League record in 2017 when he was hit by a pitch 38 times while playing for the Lansing Lugnuts. “Not that I wanted to get hit, but I wanted to..." March 11

  • Joe Biagini’s adjustments remain work in progress after ugly outing

    Sportsnet "In an ideal world, Joe Biagini would have liked to accomplish a couple different goals Sunday. First of all, he was hoping to continue building up his stamina by increasing his workload. After pitching 3.1 innings on Tuesday, four innings would have seemed like a logical next step. And along..." March 11

  • Quietly exceptional Luis Santos in the hunt for Blue Jays bullpen job

    Sportsnet "With the Toronto Blue Jays now into the latter half of spring training, the club’s most interesting camp competition is only getting more difficult to call. Right-hander Luis Santos was the latest reliever to make a strong push in the race for Toronto’s final bullpen spots Sunday, as he tossed two..." March 11

  • Blue Jays release outfielder Ezequiel Carrera

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have released outfielder Ezequiel Carrera. " March 11

  • Donaldson leaves game with 'dehydration'

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson left Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers early with what the team announced as 'dehydration.' Donaldson, who dealt with a sore throwing shoulder early in Spring Training, was forced to make an awkward throw across the diamond from third base..." March 10

  • Despite lack of spring playing time, work continues for Josh Donaldson

    Sportsnet "After drawing a walk in the first inning of Saturday’s 6-3 Toronto Blue Jays victory over the Detroit Tigers, Josh Donaldson has made only 16 plate appearances this spring. That’s among the lowest of any Blue Jays regular. Kendrys Morales has 28, Curtis Granderson’s got 26, Justin Smoak,..." March 10

  • Blue Jays’ Stroman trying to be ready for start of MLB season

    Sportsnet "Early Saturday morning, on a Dunedin Stadium backfield, Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman took an important step in his pursuit to be ready for the beginning of the season. After two consecutive days of catch, the right-hander played long toss on flat ground for the first time since he was shut..." March 10

  • Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez says new grip corrected ‘bad habits’

    Sportsnet "Aaron Sanchez has enjoyed a successful spring thus far, and that’s not just based on results. The Toronto Blue Jays right-hander has allowed three runs over seven innings in his three spring training appearances, walking one and striking out nine. But more importantly, there have been no issues..." March 09

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Tigers Agree To Minor League Deal With Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, MLBTR has confirmed.’s Jason Beck first tweeted that Saltalamacchia showed up at the Tigers’ Spring Training facility. Saltalamacchia is represented by ACES. This will mark the second go-around..." March 09

  • Jose Bautista refutes retirement report

    Larry Brown Sports "Jose Bautista refuted a report on Thursday that said he was considering retirement. In a column of notes published on Thursday, Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman said Bautista was dissatisfied with the contract offers he was receiving this offseason and is considering retiring. Bautista says that’s..." March 09

  • Former Blue Jays great Jose Bautista could retire

    Sportsnet "Former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is unhappy with the free agent offers he has received this off-season and could retire as a result, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The 37-year-old Bautista has been offered a few seven-figure contracts this winter, reports Heyman, who..." March 08

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Blue Jays sign right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard to a minor-league deal. He reported to Blue Jays camp Wednesday, passed his physical, and will now join a crowded bullpen competition in major-league spring training. Clippard had been working out at the MLBPA free agent..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Blue Jays’ Osuna getting the type of spring he’s been looking for

    Sportsnet "They celebrated the 2008 World Series champions Philadelphia Phillies before Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and among the stories being swapped was a cautionary tale about closers and spring training – actually, spring training in general. Rich Dubee, manager Charlie Manuel’s..." March 05

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Carrera’s future with Blue Jays unclear after ‘surprise’ designation

    Sportsnet "Ezequiel Carrera has been a staple with the Toronto Blue Jays over the last three seasons. He appeared in 332 games over that span, the seventh-most of any Blue Jay. He accumulated 1.6 fWAR and posted a 95 wRC+, essentially performing as a league-average player. In 2016, Carrera’s fifth-inning..." March 04

  • Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki not expected to be ready for opening day

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons does not expect Troy Tulowitzki to be ready for opening day, although he indicates the shortstop is moving in the right direction in his recovery from injury. Tulowitzki has been limited during spring training due to a chronic bone spur on his right heel...." March 04

  • Blue Jays meeting with MLBPA hints at a new type of labour warfare

    Sportsnet "This was not the return of ghosts of labour disputes past. Not yet. But it was a mighty impressive sight: Josh Donaldson and Curtis Granderson by side, flanked themselves by John Axford and Kevin Pillar. Steve Pearce hanging around off to the side. A show of veteran force and big voices after a..." March 04

  • Blue Jays sign Nick Tepesch to a minor-league deal

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-hander Nick Tepesch has a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, per a team announcement on Saturday. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training. Tepesch, 29, was originally acquired by the Blue Jays when the Twins dealt him for cash considerations last July. He..." March 03

  • Blue Jays Outright Ezequiel Carrera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays announced that outfielder Ezequiel Carrera has been outrighted after clearing waivers. He had recently been designated for assignment but will now return to camp as a non-roster invitee. That’s the best possible result for Toronto, which had to expose Carrera to the waiver wire in..." March 02

  • Blue Jays GM offers glimpse into how team plans to keep Travis healthy

    Sportsnet "Even if Devon Travis is swinging a hot bat — like last May when he smacked 16 doubles and posted a 1.019 OPS — it won’t make him immune to his scheduled off days. The Toronto Blue Jays are going to take every precaution to keep the oft-injured second baseman on the field. “What we need to be..." March 02

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Joe Biagini takes positive steps as role is still being figured out

    Sportsnet "A couple weeks ago, when the Toronto Blue Jays signed Jaime Garcia to be the team’s fifth starter, it appeared to push Joe Biagini out of the major-league rotation mix. The discourse surrounding the right-hander quickly morphed – where would he fit best now? Atop triple-A Buffalo’s rotation as a..." February 28

  • Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman dealing with shoulder inflammation

    Sportsnet "Four games into the Grapefruit League season, it was curious that Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman had yet to make his spring training debut, or even been scheduled to take the mound sometime soon. Tuesday morning, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons revealed why. Stroman’s battling right..." February 27

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Blue Jays reach agreement with right-hander Seung-hwan Oh

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to sign reliever Seung-hwan Oh to a one-year contract that would guarantee him $2 million, an industry source told Sportsnet. The deal, which is pending a physical, would include a 2019 vesting option. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports first reported the agreement..." February 26

  • Blue Jays prospect Pearson eyes big year after ‘special’ debut season

    Sportsnet "Nate Pearson’s first professional baseball season couldn’t have gone much better. Including the playoffs, the 21-year-old right-hander posted a 0.96 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 28 innings last year. He allowed just 11 hits in 10 starts. His team, the Vancouver Canadians, won the Northwest League..." February 25

  • Bautista interested in playing for Rays

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is in full swing and Jose Bautista remains without a team. The former Toronto Blue Jays star is preparing for the season as if he will be playing, and the Tampa Bay Rays are being mentioned as a potential match for him. The Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin reported on Saturday that..." February 25

  • Aaron Loup’s longevity allows him to become longest-tenured Blue Jay

    Sportsnet "On the day Aaron Loup debuted in the big leagues, this was the Toronto Blue Jays‘ starting lineup: Brett Lawrie, 3B Colby Rasmus, CF Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Adam Lind, DH Yunel Escobar, SS Kelly Johnson, 2B Rajai Davis, LF J.P. Arencibia, C Loup remembers July 14,..." February 24

  • Topps turns Tulowitzki's pitcher pose into baseball card

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a little fun during his spring training photo shoot on Thursday when he was asked to pose as pitcher. He totally looked the part and, lucky for us, Topps joined in on the fun and made the photo into a limited-edition baseball card...." February 24

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23