Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Blue Jays Pursued Joey Votto Trade Last Summer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays opened “serious discussions” with the Reds last summer about a possible deal to add star first baseman Joey Votto, according to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star. But those talks “never gained momentum,” per the report. Instead, Toronto shifted its attention to adding Troy..." August 23

  • MLB postseason schedule announced "Major League Baseball announced its 2016 postseason schedule on Tuesday, opening with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday,..." August 23

  • Tim Tebow to hold workout for MLB teams Aug. 30

    SI "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will hold a workout for prospective Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, reports's Jerry Crasnick. Tebow, who last played baseball in high school in 2005, announced earlier this month that he was planning on pursuing a professional..." August 23

  • Edwin Encarnacion fighting back against 'frivolous' STD lawsuit

    Fox Sports "Edwin Encarnacion, the American League leader in RBIs, is fighting back against a lawsuit by a woman who claims that he gave her sexually transmitted diseases. Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, issued a statement Tuesday morning calling the claim against the Blue Jays’ All-Star slugger..." August 23

  • Edwin Encarnacion: Sued for Battery ... STD Allegations

    TMZ "Toronto Blue Jays superstar Edwin Encarnacion has been sued by a woman who claims he knowingly gave her multiple STDs during a romantic weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned. The woman behind the lawsuit claims she's a 24-year-old family friend of the MLB star who first met him in 2013. In..." August 23

  • Ramirez's HR lifts Indians over Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- The calendar said August, but it felt like October. Jose Ramirez hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. With several thousand Blue..." August 21

  • Blue Jays option Sanchez to Dunedin, call up Loup

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned Aaron Sanchez to single-A Dunedin and recalled reliever Aaron Loup. " August 21

  • Donaldson hooks Blue Jays up with cologne

    The Score "Josh Donaldson wants the entire Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse smelling great from now on. A few days after telling reporters his dugout dispute with manager John Gibbons was over his Tom Ford cologne, Donaldson not only cleared the air with Gibbons, but, according to starter J.A. Happ, treated..." August 20

  • Blue Jays fire minor-league field co-ordinator Doug Davis

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays continued to turnover their front office, firing minor-league field co-ordinator Doug Davis on Thursday, according to multiple industry sources. Davis joined the Blue Jays in 2006 as manager at double-A New Hampshire. He was promoted to his current role in 2009, helping..." August 20

  • Internal reorganization behind Blue Jays’ front office shakeup

    Sportsnet "The continuing internal reorganization of the Toronto Blue Jays led to the firing of three scouting and player development employees this week, says general manager Ross Atkins. Amateur scouting director Brian Parker, who oversaw the club’s last four drafts, and national crosschecker Blake..." August 20

  • Gibbons defuses Donaldson dugout scuffle

    The Score "To no one's surprise, John Gibbons has his player's back. Back on Aug. 21, 2006, the Toronto Blue Jays' manager got into it with pitcher Ted Lilly to the point where they had to be separated in the dugout. A few days later, the two running partners brushed it off and went jogging together." August 19

  • Indians walk off on Naquin's inside job

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona wasn't necessarily surprised. "The guys play until it's time to go home," he said. "It's one of the qualities I admire most in our guys." Friday night the Indians sent everyone home electrified. Tyler Naquin's walk-off..." August 19

  • Rob Manfred wants a pitch clock in MLB in 2017

    The Comeback "In an effort to find ways to speed up the game of baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred has openly discussed the possibility of adding a pitch clock to Major League Baseball. Manfred is no stranger to discussing innovative ways to improve the game he now sees over. Manfred has brought on the idea..." August 18

  • Blue Jays fire scouting director

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays have fired two of the top figures in their amateur scouting department, announcing Wednesday night that amateur scouting director Brian Parker and national cross-checker Blake Davis had been “relieved of their duties.” Parker, who was hired as a pro scout for the Jays in 2009, has..." August 18

  • Blue Jays erase six-run deficit, rip Yankees 12-6

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Probably the best thing to happen to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night was watching the skies above Yankee Stadium open up. It led to a 42-minute rain delay and for the Blue Jays it meant their hitters would not have to face Michael Pineda again. The delay proved worth..." August 17

  • Happ becomes 17-game winner as Jays beat Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Was it the cologne or the bat? Inquiring minds wanted to know what led to Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons getting in Josh Donaldson's face during a brief dugout encounter in the third inning. Both sides shrugged it off and joked about it, but then again since the..." August 17

  • The honeymoon phase is over for the new-school general managers

    MLB Daily Dish "Every year at certain points of the season, Mike Bates runs a GM confidence poll in which fans of every major league team are asked—in very simple terms—how confident they are in their favorite team’s front office. The 2016 midseason results just went up, and finding trends has become the new..." August 17

  • Donaldson, Gibbons separated in Blue Jays dugout after heated exchange

    Toronto Star "Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and third baseman Josh Donaldson had to be separated in the dugout during the Jays-Yankees afternoon game Wednesday. The incident happened in the third inning, after Donaldson threw his bat into the dugout following a second straight strikeout against Yankees..." August 17

  • Rob Manfred: Baseball is changing quicker than ever

    ESPN "Baseball is the greatest game in the world. If you need proof, look no further than the fact that baseball, like no other sport, has an amazing capacity to spark genuine and even heated debate. Baseball fans and media like nothing more than to talk about what is good and bad about the game. The..." August 17

  • Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar ‘confident’ he’ll return next Tuesday

    Toronto Star "Blue Jays centre-fielder Kevin Pillar took some batting practice Tuesday in the Yankee Stadium batting cages, and said he felt great. “It’s coming along, probably better than I thought it would,” said Pillar, who was placed on the disabled list last week with a sprained ligament in his left..." August 17

  • Roy Halladay wants to wear Blue Jays cap if inducted into Hall of Fame

    Toronto Star "Roy Halladay said he will enter the Hall of Fame as a Blue Jay, if the call comes. “I’d go as a Blue Jay,” said Halladay, in town Sunday with several other legendary Jays pitchers as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the franchise’s best players. “I wanted to retire here, too,..." August 15

  • Blue Jays hit three homers to defeat Astros

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- John Gibbons has a simple answer when asked what sparked the Toronto Blue Jays' offense on Sunday afternoon. "We hit some homers," the Blue Jays manager said. "That's what we do best. The key is to get guys on base and then pop one here and there. We've been a little lull for a..." August 14

  • Encarnacion joins Bautista in 300-homer club

    The Score "Edwin Encarnacion's impressive season reached new heights Friday. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger became the 11th active player with 300 career home run after launching a solo shot off Houston Astros reliever Will Harris in the bottom of the ninth inning. Encarnacion, who's hit at least 30 homers..." August 13

  • Martin's 3-run blast powers Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez earned the win with seven strong innings and he was quick to give credit to his catcher, Russell Martin. Martin threw out Jose Altuve trying to steal second base in the third inning and then hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays..." August 13

  • Surging Astros shut down Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- There were plenty of firsts to around on Friday night and they were the primary reason the Houston Astros earned a 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. First things first. Teoscar Hernandez made his major league debut in center field and hit a home run for his..." August 12

  • Explaining the waiver trade window and the Blue Jays’ place in it

    Sportsnet "As we move deeper into the second week of August, we’ll be seeing a lot of stories about how a certain star player is on waivers and much tittering and shock will ensue. No one can believe it – how could he be on waivers? How stupid is his team? But it happens every August, you could set your..." August 10

  • Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista headed to 15-day DL; Junior Lake recalled

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays right-fielder Jose Bautista is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee sustained in Tuesday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The club has called up outfielder Junior Lake from triple-A Buffalo. Bautista injured the knee in the third inning when he..." August 10

  • Longoria, Smyly drive Rays past Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Deep into a frustrating season, Drew Smyly finally has a winning streak. The Tampa Bay Rays left-hander won his second start in a row by pitching six effective innings Tuesday in a 9-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. He had not won two in a row since he won five straight..." August 09

  • Blue Jays pull out victory over Rays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Devon Travis is hot at a time when some of his teammates are not. The Blue Jays second baseman had the first four-hit game of his career Monday night, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning of Toronto's 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. "I think he's coming..." August 08

  • Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar placed on DL with thumb sprain

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have placed centre fielder Kevin Pillar on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain. Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani has been recalled from triple-A Buffalo. Pillar is batting .261 with with seven home runs and 45 RBI in 109 games this season." August 08

  • Sanchez: Staying in rotation was best solution

    The Score "Aaron Sanchez believes Toronto Blue Jays management made the right call by not moving him to the bullpen. The right-hander has been dealing with a looming decision all year about an possible impending relief role to limit his innings count. But, after meeting with general manager Ross Atkins on..." August 07

  • Morales slam powers Royals past Jays

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kendrys Morales changed the seventh inning and bailed out teammates Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer with one mighty swing. Morales hit an eighth-inning grand slam and Yordano Ventura pitched a sturdy 6 2/3 frames as the Kansas City Royals topped the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 at..." August 07

  • Blue Jays edge Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Devon Travis made sure Francisco Liriano's debut with the Toronto Blue Jays was not ruined. Travis opened the game with a home run and homered again in the ninth as the Blue Jays edged by the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Friday night. Travis' ninth home run off Kelvin..." August 06

  • Donaldson somehow unscathed after 87-mph pitch to face

    The Score "Baseball is a game of inches. Sometimes, that extra inch is the difference between a ball and a strike, or an extra base and an out. On rare occasions, though, that extra inch saves you from getting your face smashed in." August 06

  • Donaldson unfazed after taking pitch to head: 'It's part of the game'

    The Score "Just under 24 hours after being drilled in the face by a Kelvin Herrera changeup, Josh Donaldson isn't too shaken up about the scary incident. The 86.8-mph pitch was less than an inch from possibly sidelining the reigning American League MVP for a lengthy period of time, and though the third..." August 06

  • Duffy, Hosmer lead Royals past Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While Danny Duffy extended his winning streak, Aaron Sanchez's winning run came to an end. Duffy won his seventh straight decision and Eric Hosmer delivered a clutch two-run single as the Kansas City Royals downed the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Saturday night. Duffy..." August 06

  • Blue Jays trade switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to Mariners

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have traded switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later. Venditte appeared in eight games with the Blue Jays this season posting a 5.19 ERA in 8.2 innings, striking out seven and walking four." August 06

  • Happ helps Jays take three of four in Houston

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Having watched rotation mates Marcus Stroman, R.A. Dickey and Marco Estrada dominate the Houston Astros with pinpoint control, Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ merely fell in line Thursday night. Happ worked six strong innings, and after amassing their six previous runs..." August 05

  • Blue Jays set MLB record for strikeouts in 4-game series

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays now find themselves in the record books for all the wrong reasons, as Josh Donaldson's punchout to end the eighth inning Thursday against the Houston Astros set a major-league record for most strikeouts by a club over a four-game series with 59. Facing a 1-2 count,..." August 05

  • Shapiro: Sanchez moving to bullpen, GM to speak with him in Houston

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays' front office is putting its foot down on the Aaron Sanchez situation. One day after manager John Gibbons said the team is "still debating" whether to move their young ace to the bullpen in an effort to limit his innings, club president Mark Shapiro all but refuted that..." August 04

  • Blue Jays GM: Sanchez to stay in rotation for time being

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez will remain in the rotation for the time being. General manager Ross Atkins travelled to Houston on Thursday to meet with the young right-hander and manager John Gibbons and pitching coach Pete Walker to discuss the club’s plan for Sanchez for the..." August 04

  • John Smoltz doesn’t like Blue Jays’ handling of Aaron Sanchez

    Sportsnet "John Smoltz doesn’t agree with the Toronto Blue Jays‘ decision to shift Aaron Sanchez into the bullpen late in the season. In a guest appearance on Sportsnet 590 The FAN, the Hall of Fame pitcher explained his rationale and offered insight into how the Blue Jays could have handled his usage in..." August 04

  • Gibbons: 'We're still debating' about what to do with Sanchez "Another day, another twist in the ongoing saga of Aaron Sanchez's role with the Blue Jays. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons added another layer to the story on Wednesday afternoon when he said, "Truthfully, we're still debating what's actually going to happen. You know?" Sanchez's transition..." August 04

  • Blue Jays were 'relentless' in effort to land Hill

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays may be satisfied with the recent acquisition of starter Francisco Liriano, but they had their eyes set on Rich Hill before Monday's 4 p.m. trade deadline. The Blue Jays were "relentless" in their pursuit of Hill before the Oakland Athletics traded the left-hander to the..." August 03

  • The logic behind the Angels' and Blue Jays' baffling deadline deals

    Fox Sports "The Blue Jays and Angels are in completely different positions -- the Jays would make the playoffs if the season ended today, while the Angels are out of contention. Yet, as the two teams approached the nonwaiver deadline, they had similar concerns. Neither club had many prospects to trade, and..." August 03

  • Correa's walk-off double lifts Astros over Jays in 14th

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The Astros won't claim that their woeful stretch of offense came to a close on Monday night, but behind clutch shortstop Carlos Correa, at least Houston put an end to a troublesome three-game skid. Correa stroked a 14th-inning, walk-off double to the right-center-field gap,..." August 02

  • Blue Jays trade Drew Hutchison to Pirates in deal for Francisco Liriano

    Sportsnet "The Blue Jays have traded right-hander Drew Hutchison to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-hander Francisco Liriano and two prospects, according to multiple reports. Liriano has struggled this season, posting a 6-11 record with a 5.46 ERA in 21 starts. However, the 32-year-old veteran is coming..." August 01

  • Blue Jays to acquire right-hander Feldman from Astros

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Scott Feldman from the Houston Astros, reported Monday. Feldman has a 2.90 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 13 walks in 62 innings with Houston this year. The 33-year-old has started five games for the Astros, but has mostly pitched out of the..." August 01

  • Dodgers get reliever Jesse Chavez from Toronto for Mike Bolsinger

    Los Angeles Times "Hours after adding Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick and starting pitcher Rich Hill, the Dodgers have acquired Toronto reliever Jesse Chavez in exchange for minor-league swingman Mike Bolsinger, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person requested anonymity because the deal..." August 01

  • Blue Jays, Twins continue to discuss Santana

    Sportsnet "With just over two hours remaining before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Toronto Blue Jays appear to be discussing Ervin Santana with the Minnesota Twins. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Monday that the teams continue talking about the right-hander." August 01