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  • Blue Jays land Marcus Semien on 1-year, $18M deal

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays and free-agent shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to a one-year, $18-million contract, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Semien has spent most of his career at shortstop, though it's possible that he could move off the position due..." January 26

  • No one elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2021

    ESPN "For the first time since 1960, the membership of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will remain frozen. No player on the Hall's 2021 BBWAA ballot reached the 75 percent threshold needed for enshrinement in Cooperstown. The results of the writer's voting were announced by Hall..." January 26

  • No stranger to controversy, Alex Rodriguez joins Baseball Hall of Fame discourse

    USA Today "In 2022, Alex Rodriguez will begin a precipitous climb, a 10-year journey toward a summit he’ll likely never reach. And as A-Rod begins his ascent, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will be on their way back down, knowing how rough the terrain will be. After failing..." January 26

  • MLB is Becoming a Bigger Mess and It’s Annoying

    Baseball Essential "Arizona wants spring training pushed back because of COVID-19 spikes and concerns but yet they have sports going on with fans already. Also, as of now, there will not be a universal DH or expanded playoffs because of more conflict between the players and owners. If only the league had someone..." January 26

  • Storylines to watch on '22 Hall of Fame ballot "Tuesday brought the end of an unprecedented streak of additions to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but will it be more than a one-year blip? That’s the question following Tuesday’s 2021 Hall of Fame election announcement on MLB Network, which revealed that no player..." January 26

  • Curt Schilling blasts Baseball Hall of Fame after barely missing immortal enshrinement

    Clutch Points "Curt Schilling was left out of the Baseball Hall of Fame once again by just a handful of votes, and he isn’t happy about it. Curt Schilling definitely has an argument to make that he should be in the Hall of Fame, but his antics on social media seemed to rub some of..." January 26

  • Ranking Trevor Bauer's Final Free-Agent Options and Predicting Contract Terms

    Bleacher Report "With clubs across Major League Baseball set to report for spring training in February, the free-agent sweepstakes for ace hurler Trevor Bauer may be nearing a conclusion. So, we thought we'd break down his remaining suitors and offer a fresh prediction for his..." January 26

  • Phillies, Reds, Blue Jays interested in Andrelton Simmons

    Yardbarker "The Phillies, Reds, and Jays (among others) are those taking a look at Andrelton Simmons, per MLB Insider Jon Heyman (via Twitter).  The Phillies and Reds are natural fits for the former Angel, given their openings at shortstop. The Blue Jays have notably explored..." January 26

  • MLB's second season of pandemic ball remains a balancing act: Cash, competition and COVID-19

    USA Today "It’s nice to think that Major League Baseball’s 30 owners, its hundreds of players and their many-tentacled business interests will keep public health front of mind when plotting and launching the 2021 season. It’s also helpful to note the many millions and billions..." January 26

  • Best fits for top unsigned MLB free agents

    CBS Sports "Spring training is less than a month away and it's clear MLB teams are way less active in free agency than last offseason. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to wide-scale payroll slashing, and even with a recent uptick in hot stove activity, there are still dozens of quality players..." January 26

  • Justin Turner Reportedly Has 4 Teams to Choose From in Free Agency

    Dodgers Nation "The race to sign Justin Turner has been slow and steady this offseason. While the Dodgers continue to monitor his market and offers, JT is ultimately searching out a contract that will lead him into retirement.  The veteran third baseman has reportedly been seeking a 4-year deal..." January 26

  • 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know on ballot reveal day

    ESPN "Baseball Hall of Fame arguments used to be, dare I say ... fun? Bert Blyleven is underrated! Jim Rice is overrated! Jack Morris? Show me the back of his baseball card and let's debate. Well, welcome to the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot. It includes one player who was suspended for..." January 26

  • Cactus League adds new wrinkle to MLB, union’s game of chicken

    New York Post "MLB wants a universal DH. The players association wants a universal DH. These sides actually agree on something. Yet, there may not be a universal DH in 2021. Such is the relationship between these factions. MLB a few weeks back offered the universal DH as part of a larger..." January 26

  • Blue Jays' Springer signing forges bond between Godfrey and COVID doctor

    Sportsnet "Paul Godfrey feared the worst when Gina, his wife of 53 years, was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto last month. What was initially thought to be bronchitis turned out to be COVID-19, which in her case was complicated by a related pneumonia. Upon arrival, she immediately received..." January 25

  • Kris Bryant Most Likely to Land with the Mets or the Blue Jays

    Bleacher Nation "While the heat has turned considerably down from earlier this month, I don’t know that much has changed with respect to the Kris Bryant trade situation. If the Cubs get an acceptable offer, they will take it. It has become quite clear that pushing in for 2021 is not a thing, and slashing..." January 25

  • MLB to hold 1st pre-draft combine from June 20-28

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will hold its first-ever pre-draft combine June 20-28 in Cary, North Carolina at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, a source told ESPN. The group of 88 invited players will be chosen in consultation with MLB scouts and the event will include a tournament..." January 25

  • MLBPA rejects MLB proposal that would have installed universal DH and expanded playoffs

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball is scheduled to kick off the 2021 season on Thursday, April 1 -- or, in 66 days. Yet the rules for the upcoming year are just now coming into place. On Monday, the league informed teams that the MLB Players Association had rejected a proposal that would have..." January 25

  • Cactus League, cities ask MLB to delay start of Arizona spring training because of pandemic

    USA Today " The executive director of the Cactus League, which houses 15 teams in 10 Phoenix-area ballparks during spring training, has formally requested that Major League Baseball delay the start of the season by a month. The proposal, sent by Cactus League director Bridget Binsbacher,..." January 25

  • Don’t Expect To See Any Players Elected To The Baseball Hall Of Fame This Year

    Five Thirty Eight "In baseball, every year is an election year. On Tuesday at 6 p.m. EST, we’ll learn which players will be honored with induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer (hopefully with an in-person ceremony in the Hall’s hometown of Cooperstown, New York). But unfortunately for..." January 25

  • 10 MLB free agents poised to bounce back in '21 "As any good investor can tell you, it’s hard to build a fortune by splurging on the hot, surging stocks. You make bank by buying the dip -- distressed or undervalued assets are due to rise. And in recent days, we’ve seen some teams buying the dip. The Yankees did it with..." January 25

  • 4 key questions about the 2021 Baseball HOF ballot

    The Score "On Tuesday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the results of the 2021 balloting. As always, candidates were voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Candidates require 75% of the vote to be elected and need at least 5% to remain on the..." January 24

  • George Springer's 6-year, $150M deal with Blue Jays becomes official

    The Score "George Springer is officially a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto signed the star outfielder to a six-year, $150-million contract, the team announced Saturday. The guaranteed money is the most in club history. The previous high for a free agent was..." January 23

  • Blue Jays betting on Kirby Yates bouncing back as a dominant force

    Sportsnet "Kirby Yates has been through this type of situation before, heading into the new year after a difficult and trying down season, seeking to regain his form on the mound and establish his place on the roster. The circumstances were different back then, when a waiver claim by the..." January 23

  • It's 'go time' for Jays and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. needs to prove worth

    Sportsnet "Time was already a-wasting for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., even before the Toronto Blue Jays reached an agreement on a six-year, $150-million deal with George Springer that will chew up $25 million per year for the next six seasons. If you’re counting, that’s one year after..." January 22

  • Blue Jays' Kirby Yates brings difference-making splitter to bullpen

    Sportsnet "Even by MLB reliever standards, Kirby Yates’ road to the Toronto Blue Jays — the 33-year-old’s sixth MLB organization after finalizing a one-year, $5.5-million deal on Wednesday — has been a winding one. First drafted by the Boston Red Sox in..." January 22

  • Reds Acquire Hector Perez From Blue Jays

    Redleg Nation "The Cincinnati Reds have acquired right-handed pitcher Héctor Pérez in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday afternoon. The team announced that they will send a player to be named later or cash to complete the deal. Héctor Pérez made his Major League..." January 22

  • In wake of Jared Porter scandal, MLB needs to create safer spaces for women

    Sportsnet "On Tuesday morning, many in the baseball world woke up to the news that the New York Mets had fired general manager Jared Porter. And maybe, with that, many in the baseball world … woke up. You don’t need to be told why the actions that led to..." January 22

  • James Paxton is reportedly on the Blue Jays’ radar

    Empire Sports Media "The New York Yankees lost three members of their 2020 starting rotation to free agency: James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and J.A. Happ. The latter signed with the Minnesota Twins this week, while the other two remain unsigned. The Yankees brought Corey Kluber on a one-year,..." January 22

  • Marlins, Anthony Bass Agree To Two-Year Deal "The Marlins have agreed to a two-year deal with a club option for 2023 with free-agent reliever Anthony Bass, a source told MLB Network Insider Jon Paul Morosi. The club hasn’t confirmed the agreement. Bass, 33, spent the 2020 season with the Blue Jays, leading the club..." January 22

  • 3 teams who could give Trevor Bauer a big one-year deal

    CBS Sports "With less than a month to go until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, the top of the free-agent market is starting to move. Two of the five best players in the class have agreed to terms in the past week: DJ LeMahieu with the Yankees and George..." January 22

  • David Robertson Planning February Showcase "Free-agent reliever David Robertson seems to be making progress in his recovery from August 2019 Tommy John surgery. The right-hander threw his first bullpen session of the offseason Thursday and is planning to hold a showcase for interested teams in early February, Mark Feinsand..." January 22

  • Blue Jays Designate Anthony Castro

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have designated right-hander Anthony Castro for assignment, Scott Mitchell of TSN tweets. The move clears space for the signing of righty Tyler Chatwood, whose one-year, $3MM contract is now official. It was a short run on the Blue..." January 21

  • Mets didn't want to go beyond 6 years, $120M for George Springer

    The Score "The New York Mets weren't willing to match the Toronto Blue Jays' offer for George Springer. New York didn't want to go past six years and $120 million, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Springer reportedly agreed to join..." January 21

  • Why Baseball Hall of Fame could have an empty 2021 class, but not an empty induction ceremony

    CBS Sports "We are less than one week away from the reveal of the official results of the BBWAA vote for the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame class. There was no veterans committee meeting this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so if there are new Hall of Famers joining the Cooperstown museum this coming..." January 21

  • Blue Jays agree to three-year deal with OF Michael Brantley

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays’ outfield additions didn’t end with George Springer. After the Jays reached a six-year, $150 million agreement with Springer late Tuesday night, the team is also signing outfielder Michael Brantley to a three-year deal pending a..." January 20

  • Blue Jays could still pursue Trevor Bauer

    Larry Brown Sports "The free-spending Toronto Blue Jays may not be done yet in the free agent market. The Blue Jays signed outfielder George Springer to a $150 million deal on Tuesday in one of the biggest moves of the offseason. There was some thought that such a significant financial..." January 20

  • Blue Jays in preliminary talks to start season in Dunedin

    Tampa Bay Times "George Springer's first season with the Toronto Blue Jays might begin in Florida. The Blue Jays have had preliminary talks with the city of Dunedin about starting their 2021 home schedule at TD Ballpark, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay..." January 20

  • Angels join Mets, Blue Jays in Brad Hand pursuit

    The Score "The Los Angeles Angels are interested in free-agent closer Brad Hand, sources told Robert Murray of FanSided. Hand would serve as the Angels' second major addition to the relief corps this offseason after they acquired right-hander Raisel..." January 20

  • Where do much-improved Blue Jays turn next after chaotic 24 hours?

    Sportsnet "A winter of near-misses has given way to a week to remember for the Toronto Blue Jays, who are suddenly at the forefront of the MLB off-season after a 24-hour period that was equal parts exhilarating and disorienting. Not only did the Blue Jays reach deals with..." January 20

  • How George Springer's deal affects J.T. Realmuto's market "With George Springer reportedly signing with the Blue Jays, Realmuto's market comes into clearer focus. According to a report from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the Phillies' chances of re-signing Realmuto increase now that the Blue Jays have made their big move. Heyman notes..." January 20

  • No deal yet between Jays, OF Michael Brantley

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have not added Michael Brantley, yet.  Contrary to earlier reports, ESPN's Jeff Passan writes there is no agreement in place as of yet between the two sides. He notes the Blue Jays are still in on Brantley, and could still reach a deal with the..." January 20

  • George Springer gets paid, but will it pay off for the Toronto Blue Jays?

    ESPN "In the end, despite all the grumbling and fussing about the slow offseason, George Springer will get his money. All it took was the biggest contract in Toronto Blue Jays history, a six-year, $150 million deal, according to Jeff Passan, just the second $100 million..." January 20

  • MLB Trade Fails That Will Keep Haunting Teams in 2021

    Bleacher Report "For Major League Baseball teams, the pain of a trade gone wrong can last for years. Allow us to illustrate. We've highlighted a handful of trades—officially 13, but with one two-for-one special and one three-for-one special—from recent years that have already..." January 20

  • MLB 'motivated' to hold scouting combine ahead of 2021 draft

    CBS Sports "Although Major League Baseball's amateur draft is less than six months away, the scouting schedule leading into the home stretch remains in flux. One key unresolved matter is the league's desire to host a medical combine-like event in June, just weeks before the draft unfolds. The..." January 20

  • What should the MLB do about the DH?

    Masn "Almost two full months have passed since the Orioles set their 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft and chose to designate Renato Núñez for assignment. One of their arbitration-eligible players was redirected into free agency. Another team would have to be comfortable..." January 20

  • Blue Jays, George Springer agree to six-year, $150M deal

    The Score "George Springer is flying north. The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a contract with the free-agent outfielder, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Completion of the deal is pending a physical. Springer now is en route to the team's complex in Dunedin,..." January 20

  • Blue Jays still trying to sign outfielder Michael Brantley

    Sportsnet "With George Springer secured, the Toronto Blue Jays are still trying to sign free-agent outfielder Michael Brantley, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Brantley is represented by the same agency as Springer and the pair were teammates for two..." January 20

  • Toronto Blue Jays have deal with closer Kirby Yates "The Blue Jays are in agreement on a deal with right-hander Kirby Yates, according to a report from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The deal, which is pending a physical, has not been confirmed by the team. The interest was first reported by TSN’s Scott..." January 19

  • 6 blockbuster moves Blue Jays could still pursue

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have had a whirlwind winter in the rumour mill, but have not yet been able to acquire the type of high-end talent the fan base is clamouring for. Re-signing Robbie Ray and adding Tyler Chatwood should help the Blue Jays' pitching..." January 19

  • Blue Jays making serious push for George Springer

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly zeroing in on free-agent center fielder George Springer. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the American League East team is "making a push" to sign Springer. The report called the..." January 19