Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Ben Cherington to be big help to Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins

    Toronto Sun "Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is planning to lean heavily on the experience and knowledge that former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington brings to his new role as vice-president of baseball operations. “We’ve been talking to him for a long time,” Atkins said of his new hire. “I’ve had a..." September 23

  • Liriano hitting best stride as Jays top Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Francisco Liriano struggled with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but since being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 1, things are looking up for the left-hander. "It's not how you start, it's how you finish," Liriano said. "So things have been working pretty well for me."..." September 23

  • Blue Jays blow out Mariners, Happ wins 20th

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Not even J.A. Happ himself saw a 20-win season coming at this point in his career. And the 33-year-old Toronto Blue Jays starter certainly didn't see No. 20 coming as easily as it did Tuesday night. Happ had to throw just five innings -- not including the warmup tosses he made..." September 21

  • Mariners outlast Blue Jays 2-1 in 12 innings

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners were fighting to stay close in the playoff race and the Toronto Blue Jays were looking to extend a slim lead in their place atop the wild-card standings. In the end, the Blue Jays simply ran out of gas in a war of attrition on Wednesday afternoon. Felix..." September 21

  • Blue Jays in wild-card tie with win over Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada has been in the postseason and he's pitched in a few big games over his career, but he's never seen anything quite like what welcomed him Monday night at Safeco Field. Playing a road game in front of 34,809 fans that were mostly dressed in..." September 20

  • Nolasco pitches Angels past Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For Ricky Nolasco, the rest of his career begins with the final month of this season. Nolasco pitched six shutout innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night at Angel Stadium. Nolasco (6-14) earned his second..." September 18

  • Meyer helps Angels blank Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The future for rookie Alex Meyer could lie in the past. Meyer combined with four relievers on a shutout as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Sunday at Angel Stadium. Meyer (1-3) scattered two hits and three walks in five shutout innings..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Dickey adds intrigue to Blue Jays’ looming rotation decisions

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays’ plans for the starting rotation after the current turn aren’t certain, but assuming all things are equal, they’ll have two starts to fill with either R.A. Dickey or Francisco Liriano between now and the regular season’s end. Decisions on those outings Sept. 23 against the..." September 17

  • The Blue Jays still need a fifth starter

    Hardball Talk "The Blue Jays’ Great Six-Man Rotation Experiment of 2016 has reached its natural end, and with it, the starting roles of Francisco Liriano and R.A. Dickey. The club is looking for one of the two to earn back their rotation spot as the season winds down, and with both Dickey and Liriano showing off..." September 17

  • Martin powers Blue Jays to win over Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With the Toronto Blue Jays needing a victory, Russell Martin took it upon himself to deliver. Martin hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs to lead the Blue Jays to a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night at Angel Stadium. The victory enabled..." September 16

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • Marco Estrada Pitching Through Herniated Disk In Back

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada has seen his effectiveness decline in the season’s second half, and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB.com sheds some light on his struggles, reporting that Estrada has been pitching through a herniated disk in his back (Twitter link). Estrada has previously..." September 15

  • Blue Jays on verge of hiring former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are on the verge of hiring Ben Cherington as a vice-president of baseball operations, multiple industry sources told Sportsnet. Other teams also held talks with the former Boston Red Sox general manager, according to sources, indicating that he’ll work with many facets of..." September 14

  • Dickerson, Kiermaier ignite Rays in rout of Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The win was a long time coming for Alex Cobb. In his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery, the Tampa Bay Rays right-hander held the Toronto Blue Jays to one run on two hits over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday afternoon in an 8-1 victory. Cobb (1-0), who struck out..." September 14

  • Jays' Donaldson to have MRI on hip

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins told reporters on Wednesday that third baseman Josh Donaldson will have an MRI on his ailing right hip as it has not responded to treatment. Donaldson is missing his third straight game as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule

    MLB.com "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Rays take season series from Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays continue to slide in September and they continue to struggle against the Tampa Bay Rays.. The Rays got a three-run homer from Alexei Ramirez, a solo shot from Steven Souza Jr. and the fifth consecutive winning decision from Drew Smyly to defeat the Blue Jays..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Martin: Tulo 'was like a ball of fire' in skirmish with Rays

    Tampa Bay Times "There were four homers hit to various degrees of drama in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays, but it was the ball blasted on the final pitch by Steven Souza Jr. that led to the most interesting moment of the Rays' night. Saddled with their 83rd loss, formally eliminated from an American League..." September 13

  • Sanchez's next start pushed back due to blister

    Toronto Star "If anyone should know how to deal with complaints about hotspots, it would be Blue Jays ownership, the folks at Rogers that provide your wireless. But when it’s young Jays starter Aaron Sanchez being affected by a hotspot to his middle finger — bordering on a blister as he was on Sunday — there..." September 12

  • Jays eliminate Rays on Carrera's pinch-hit homer

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Ezequiel Carrera has not been called upon much lately. Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, however, remembered that when Jose Bautista was injured, Carrera filled in well in right field and also helped ignite the offense. As a result, Gibbons sent Carrera up as a pinch..." September 12

  • Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey: Scheduled turn skipped

    CBS Sports "Dickey will be skipped next time through the Blue Jays' rotation, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm." September 11

  • Ortiz's blast lifts Red Sox past Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- History repeated itself Sunday afternoon. Once again it worked in favor of the Boston Red Sox. David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Red Sox a 10-8 lead and they went on to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-8 in the rubber match of a three-game series..." September 11

  • Happ wins 18th, Blue Jays inch closer to first

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays had a players-only meeting before their key game against the Boston Red Sox Saturday afternoon. The meeting got rave reviews. More important, the Blue Jays went on to defeat the Red Sox 3-2 and end a four-game losing streak with Melvin Upton Jr...." September 10

  • Blue Jays hold players-only meeting after blowout loss

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are mired in a difficult slump, and now the players are taking matters into their own hands. Following a woeful 13-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox Friday night, the Blue Jays held a players-only meeting Saturday morning. " September 10

  • Martin sits with sore left knee

    MLB.com "Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin was held out of Friday night's series opener vs. Boston because of a sore left knee. The knee had been bothering Martin for the past couple of weeks, but it became more problematic during Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees. Toronto had to pinch-hit..." September 09

  • Porcello notches 20th win as Red Sox rout Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Rick Porcello became the first major league pitcher to reach 20 wins this season on Friday night. The fact that the Boston Red Sox right-hander did it in the opener of a key three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays made it just that much better. Porcello (20-3) held..." September 09

  • Blue Jays GM: Pending free agents likely to test market

    Sportsnet "“I don’t like to speak in absolutes but I think that’s probably the most likely scenario.” That’s what Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro told Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Friday when asked whether or not the team’s pending free agents would hit the open market..." September 09

  • Donaldson: MVP should come from winning team

    Today's Knuckleball "While Oakland Athletics prospect Franklin Barreto (or any minor leaguer) is a long shot to win two MVPs, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is very much in play for his second, and in fact, he’s having an even better year this year than he did last year when he beat perennial MVP..." September 09

  • Gardner's grab saves Yanks' win over Jays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The distance between 29-year-old Justin Smoak's hometown of Goose Creek, S.C., and 33-year-old Brett Gardner's native Holly Hill, S.C., is 38 miles. If the two should ever run into each other during the offseason, Smoak might ask Gardner: "How did you make such a great catch to..." September 07

  • Tanaka, Ellsbury lead Yankees over Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Fans at Yankee Stadium exhaled when Aaron Judge caught the final pitch thrown by Masahiro Tanaka just in front of the right-field wall. Those same fans might have been biting their fingernails and getting sweaty palms when a four-run lead turned into a two-run advantage and..." September 05

  • Rehabbing Gavin Floyd pays visit to Blue Jay teammates

    Toronto Star "Gavin Floyd has been something of a forgotten man for the Blue Jays since he suffered a shoulder injury June 26, but the 33-year-old right-hander was greeted warmly by his teammates Saturday afternoon in his first appearance back in the team’s clubhouse since the injury. Floyd has been..." September 04

  • Blue Jays rally past Rays on Martin's homer

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Toronto Blue Jays had a pinch-runner at first, a pinch-manager in bench coach DeMarlo Hale after John Gibbons' ejection, and a tiny decision came up big in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon. Dalton Pompey stole second, and that, combined with a 3-0 count,..." September 04

  • Rays hang on to beat Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays had managed just two hits in five innings against Toronto Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada. In the sixth, the floodgates opened up. Trailing 1-0, Tampa Bay had six straight batters reach base, with shortstop Matt Duffy's three-run double the key hit..." September 03

  • Blue Jays want Liriano in the ‘pen despite rough outing

    Hardball Talk "With the postseason looming in the not-too-distant future, teams are beginning to experiment with unorthodox methods of roster optimization. For the Blue Jays, that meant slotting left-handed starter Francisco Liriano into the bullpen on Friday. Manager John Gibbons decided to shake things up..." September 03

  • Blue Jays' Quintin Berry: Inks minor league deal with Blue Jays

    CBS Sports "Berry singed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on Thursday and will report to Triple-A Buffalo." September 03

  • Rays outslug Jays in Cobb's return

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Cobb came off the mound after five innings, and even with the score tied 2-2, had the comfort of knowing his first outing in nearly two years had a feel of familiarity to it. "I was happy in the fact that I felt back to competitive nature on the mound," Cobb said..." September 02

  • Josh Thole re-signed by the Jays in some roster ju-jitsu

    Hardball Talk "Catcher Josh Thole was released by the Blue Jays earlier this week so they could make room for Dioner Navarro. Last night the Blue Jays re-signed him, just in time for him to be eligible to be on the Blue Jays postseason roster in the event he needs to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in a playoff..." September 02

  • Blue Jays recall Sanchez, Goins; Barney placed on medical emergency list

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled Aaron Sanchez and Ryan Goins ahead of their series finale against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night. In corresponding moves, Darwin Barney has been placed on the family medical emergency list and Bo Schultz has been optioned to triple-A..." August 31

  • Skip Bayless Says He's Sure Tim Tebow WILL PLAY Pro Baseball

    TMZ "Skip Bayless is ALL IN on Tim Tebow's baseball career ... saying what he saw at Timmy's private workout on Tuesday has him convinced the ex-QB's chances of playing pro ball are about 100%. You might've heard (how could you not) Tim showed his stuff to 27 major league teams in L.A. Tuesday......" August 31

  • Dickey says Blue Jays have several options if Thole leaves

    Sportsnet "R.A. Dickey expects Josh Thole will return to the Toronto Blue Jays, but says he’s comfortable with the team’s contingency options if his personal catcher signs elsewhere. Thole elected free agency Tuesday, one day after being designated for assignment so his immediate future with the Blue Jays..." August 31

  • “Mixed reviews” for Tebow’s baseball workout

    Pro Football Talk "The headline at ESPN.com says Tim Tebow “shows off power” at his baseball workout (i.e., one-man fantasy camp). The article paints a more sobering view of his prospects. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that Tebow drew “mixed reviews” at the workout, which scouts from 28 teams attended. He..." August 31

  • Wieters' blast pushes Orioles past Jays

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have relied heavily on power for their success so far this season. They used some of it again for a big win Tuesday night. Matt Wieters hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 5-3 victory over the Toronto..." August 30

  • MLB, MLBPA donate $250,000 for Louisiana flood relief

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana. The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The..." August 30

  • Bautista, Donaldson help Jays widen lead over Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Toronto Blue Jays put together a combination of power and pitching that proved too much for the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit solo homers, and starter Marco Estrada gave up one run over seven-plus innings as the Toronto Blue Jays..." August 29

  • Blue Jays’ Gibbons quells any unrest over six-man rotation

    Sportsnet "John Gibbons called his starting pitchers into the manager’s office following Saturday’s win over the Minnesota Twins to deliver a message: Stop it. Shut it. Stow it. OK, so that’s a bit of a simplification and, yeah, maybe a shade dramatic. Got you, right? As one Toronto Blue Jays pitcher..." August 29

  • Donaldson hits three homers as Blue Jays sweep Twins

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson hit his third home run of the game in the eighth inning of the Toronto Blue Jays' 9-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins and hats came fluttering down onto the field. In hockey terms, Donaldson had scored a hat trick. When Edwin Encarnacion hit three homers in a game..." August 28

  • Blue Jays' Josh Thole: Designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Thole was designated for assignment following Sunday's 9-6 win over the Twins, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports. The Blue Jays bolstered their catching corps by acquiring Dioner Navarro from the White Sox over the weekend, leaving no room for Thole as the club's third backstop." August 28

  • Devon Travis expected to return to Blue Jays lineup Saturday

    Sportsnet "Devon Travis will sit for one more game Friday night as he continues to recover from a ligament sprain in his right hand. Barring some unforeseen calamity, he’s expected to return to the Toronto Blue Jays lineup Saturday. "I feel really good. I could’ve played today," Travis said before his..." August 27