Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Duquette on Bautista: ‘It’s true. The guy’s a villain in Baltimore’

    Baltimore Baseball "Jose Bautista probably has been Enemy No. 1 at Camden Yards for the past few years, but now that David Ortiz, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are retired, there’s no question that the former Toronto Blue Jays superstar right fielder is in a class by himself when it comes to vitriol from Orioles..." December 08

  • Rockies, Blue Jays talking Blackmon-Stroman deal

    CBS Sports "Fox Sports' Jon Morosi on Wednesday tweeted that the Rockies and Blue Jays have discussed a deal that would send right-hander Marcus Stroman to Colorado in exchange for outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Yep, the Blue Jays understandably want more in order to part with Stroman. Stroman, 25, owns..." December 08

  • Encarnacion's agent not panicking: 'He and I are patient'

    TSN "A return to the Toronto Blue Jays for slugger Edwin Encarnacion still seems unlikely according to reports, but the Jays haven't closed the door completely. According to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman, the Jays are at least monitoring Encarnacion and remain in touch with his agents. Heyman adds..." December 08

  • Blue Jays sign Brett Oberholtzer

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, sources tell FanRag Sports. After spending the first three years of his big league career as a member of the Houston Astros, Oberholtzer split the 2016 campaign between the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies. The..." December 07

  • Cleveland Indians continue search for offense, touch base with Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When the Indians cast a wide net, they don't kid around. Besides free agent sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Mike Napoli, the Indians have checked in on Mark Trumbo and Jose Bautista, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Trumbo led the big leagues with 47 homers last season for Baltimore...." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Report: Orioles not in on Bautista because their fans 'don't like him'

    Larry Brown Sports "The Orioles are in the market for outfield help, but it doesn’t appear Jose Bautista will be among the reinforcements. Major League Baseball’s winter meetings are taking place this week and with that comes a plethora of rumors about players changing teams. Representatives from each club are in..." December 07

  • Blue Jays met with Bautista, reunion not ruled out

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays have two big bats on the free agent market in Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, and heading into the offseason the general consensus was that if the team was going to bring one back, it would be Encarnacion. While his future remains cloudy, the Jays have checked back in..." December 07

  • Red Sox out of the running on Jose Bautista

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox have told Jose Bautista’s representatives that they are out on signing him. Bautista, who is seeking a two-year deal, had seen Boston as his No. 1 preference. The Red Sox ruled out Edwin Encarnacion earlier in the week because the former Toronto slugger wanted at least four..." December 06

  • Jose Bautista draws interest from L.A. Dodgers

    Toronto Star "A source indicates that free-agent outfielder Jose Bautista and his camp have been contacted by the Los Angeles Dodgers regarding a potential contract, but that those talks are on hold until the major-league trade market further plays itself out. Bautista, 36, in the spring was reportedly..." December 06

  • Jose Bautista market picking up

    Sportsnet "Things you hear at the winter meetings roaming around the lobby at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center: • A couple of industry sources say the market for Jose Bautista is picking up. That doesn’t mean anything is imminent, but with short-term bats like Carlos Beltran and Matt..." December 06

  • Chris Colabello Rejects Outright Assignment, Elects Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays announced this morning that first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello has elected free agency after rejecting an outright assignment. The 34-year-old had a terrific season with the Jays in 2015, hitting .321/.367/.520 with 15 homers in a part-time role that afforded him 360 plate..." December 06

  • Indians, Edwin Encarnacion talking about multiyear deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians are negotiating with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion about a multiyear deal. The deal might not happen. It might fall apart in the days to come, but right now the talks have traction. Encarnacion reportedly turned down an estimated four-year $80 million offer to stay with..." December 06

  • Talks Between Blue Jays, Steve Pearce Gaining Traction

    MLB Trade Rumors "Talks between the Blue Jays and free agent first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce have begun to gain traction, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (on Twitter). The two sides are progressing toward a deal, Olney adds. Pearce, 33, underwent forearm surgery in September that was said to come with a four..." December 05

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Blue Jays are out on Encarnacion

    TSN "According to TSN Baseball Insider Steve Phillips, the Toronto Blue Jays will not be re-signing Edwin Encarnacion. The Jays reportedly offered Encarnacion a four-year, $80 million contract earlier this off-season. The Blue Jays signed utility hitter Steve Pearce earlier Monday, who could..." December 05

  • What's happened to the market for Edwin Encarnacion?

    Fox Sports "he case of free-agent first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is getting curiouser and curiouser. His suitors keep disappearing. *The Astros reached agreement with Carlos Beltran to be an outfielder/DH and currently plan to play Yuli Gurriel at first base. *The Yankees reached agreement with Matt..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Blue Jays Sign Steve Pearce

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have agreed to a two-year, $12.5MM contract with first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (via Twitter). Olney had reported earlier this morning that talks between the two side were gaining some traction. The 33-year-old Pearce will bring to Toronto a..." December 05

  • Blue Jays rumours: Encarnacion’s shrinking market, Moreland interest

    Jays Journal "The Toronto Blue Jays remain on the shrinking list of teams linked to free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion Standing still and waiting is rarely a good strategy. Thankfully for the Blue Jays, baseball is one area where that can work. With the Houston Astros signing Carlos Beltran and the..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Orioles Interested In Michael Saunders

    MLB Trade Rumors "With a need to address in the outfield, the Orioles are showing interest in free agent Michael Saunders, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (Twitter link). Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said Sunday that he’s comfortable with a platoon of Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard in left field...." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Market thins for Edwin Encarnacion, but several fits remain

    CBS Sports "When it comes to free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion, the market for his services may be thinning a bit. First, the Astros on Saturday reportedly agreed to terms with veteran batsman Carlos Beltran on a one-year contract. Since Beltran at this stage of his career fills the same role that..." December 04

  • Blue Jays appear focused on rebuilding lineup as winter meetings loom

    Sportsnet "The biggest question of the off-season removed with a new collective bargaining agreement reached, the Toronto Blue Jays shifted gears Thursday to the looming winter meetings, and getting on with the business of a stunted off-season. Kendrys Morales is their only impact add so far, and holes in..." December 03

  • Hanley won't recruit Encarnacion, Bautista while vacationing

    Boston Herald "Hanley Ramirez's first choice seems to be no choice. Or he's just being shy. The Red Sox first baseman said here Friday afternoon that he didn't care whether he plays first base or is the designated hitter in 2017. "Why you got to come up with that? I don’t care," Ramirez said. "I just want..." December 03

  • Blue Jays’ Stroman plans to pitch in World Baseball Classic

    Sportsnet "Marcus Stroman plans to pitch in the World Baseball Classic next spring although he’s not saying which country he intends to represent. The Toronto Blue Jays right-hander made the revelation while speaking with reporters Friday at the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic in the Dominican..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Blue Jays interested in Dexter Fowler, Jay Bruce

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays, knowing they may end up losing right fielder Jose Bautista this winter, are showing a strong interest in free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler, sources tell FanRag Sports. Fowler became a free agent this winter after, like Bautista, turning down a one-year, $17.2..." November 30

  • The Blue Jays are still making big offseason plans

    CBS Sports "The Blue Jays are in a tricky spot this winter. On the one hand, they've made back-t0-back playoff appearances and have a strong rotation paired with an MVP-caliber cornerstone in Josh Donaldson. On the other hand, they're faced with significant free-agent losses. Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • Source: Red Sox ‘probably’ not going to be finalist for Edwin Encarnacion

    WEEI Boston "It was trending this way for the last month, but now it looks like there will be some certainty very soon. According to a major league source, the Red Sox are “probably” not going to be a finalist for the services of free agent first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion’s..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Report: Blue Jays “making a push” for Jay Bruce

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Blue Jays are among several teams making a push for Mets outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mets signed free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday afternoon, giving them four starting-caliber outfielders for three positions. Bruce, no surprise, is expected to be..." November 29

  • Encarnacion's agent says Jays 'showing Edwin the most love'

    TSN "Edwin Encarnacion’s agent says the Toronto Blue Jays free-agent first baseman will probably sign a contract later this week or early next week, and that the Blue Jays are “showing Edwin the most love.” Paul Kinzer told TSN in an interview Tuesday that three teams have told him that they’re..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • Bobby Meacham to manage Blue Jays’ triple-A Buffalo affiliate in 2017

    Sportsnet "Bobby Meacham will manage the Toronto Blue Jays’ top affiliate in 2017, replacing Gary Allenson as the field boss for the Buffalo Bisons. Meacham, a former infielder for the New York Yankees, spent the past three seasons managing Toronto’s double-A New Hampshire affiliate. The 56-year-old..." November 28

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Red Sox, Yankees among teams still discussing Encarnacion

    Mass Live "Boston Globe national baseball reporter Nick Cafardo wrote in his Sunday notes column that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are among multiple teams interested in free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Cafardo noted: There's "a healthy amount" of interest in the slugger, according to..." November 28

  • 5 reasons Edwin's big bat is in high demand

    MLB.com "Edwin Encarnacion is the most powerful bat on the free-agent market this offseason, and his consistent slugging in Toronto the past five years is sure to have multiple teams calling. Encarnacion, who helped lead the Blue Jays to a second consecutive American League Championship Series..." November 27

  • Blue Jays should spend in free agency, protect depth

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays should make a priority of putting their payroll to work this off-season and look to fill positions of need by spending in free agency or taking on contracts, says FOX Sports and MLB insider Jon Morosi. Morosi joined Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Thursday..." November 24

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Five MLB teams that may look far different very soon

    USA Today "Even before the turkey’s in the oven, several teams have hinted at an offseason reshuffling that might significantly change their roster composition for next year. USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz examines five clubs that could be on the verge of a remake and in which direction they’re..." November 22

  • Chris Colabello to play for Team Italy at World Baseball Classic

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello will suit up for Team Italy at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according to Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell. The 33-year-old played just 10 games for the Blue Jays this season before he was handed a lengthy suspension by Major League Baseball. The..." November 22

  • Blue Jays bid $80 million for Encarnacion, remain interested

    Fanrag Sports "The Jays offered their own star free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion about $80 million over four years, according to sources, and they remain interested in retaining Encarnacion even after signing free agent hitter Kendrys Morales. The Jays didn’t entice Encarnacion to make a quick decision to..." November 21

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