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  • How Vlad Jr. can survive and thrive in the off-field spotlight

    Sportsnet "He’s smiling as he swings the bat, but the movement is pure violence. Not only is he performing the Herculean task of launching baseballs from a tee over the opposite-field fence, he’s grinning as he does it. For Vladimir Guerrero Jr., this is light work. It’s early..." January 13

  • John Axford would like to sign with the Blue Jays

    Hardball Talk "Free agent reliever John Axford is angling for a job with the Blue Jays. The right-hander said Saturday that he is willing and eager to step into a mentoring role with the team and intends to approach Toronto brass about the possibility of a 2019 return (via Ben Nicholson-Smith of..." January 12

  • Blue Jays Trade Russell Martin To Dodgers

    Dodger Blue "After another inconsistent season and poor showing in the postseason, Yasmani Grandal remaining with the Los Angeles Dodgers beyond 2018 was considered unlikely. That looked to be all the more a reality after he rejected the one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer. With Grandal..." January 11

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Report: Blue Jays sign David Phelps to one-year, $2.5 million deal

    Hardball Talk "The Blue Jays have signed pitcher David Phelps to a one-year contract, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Phelps will earn $2.5 million in 2019 and his contract includes a club option for 2020, the value of which depends on the number of appearances he makes this season, per..." January 11

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t, the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • Brian Cashman: Yankees committed to playing Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop

    Larry Brown Sports "For whatever it’s worth, Brian Cashman says the New York Yankees are serious about Troy Tulowitzki as their shortstop. The Yankee general manager wouldn’t comment on the team’s pursuit of Manny Machado on Friday, but he did say that the team is serious about..." January 04

  • Blue Jays trade Oliver Drake to the Rays

    Bluebird Banter "There’s only room in the 6ix for one Drake. I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Oliver Drake, one of the few players to have ever been claimed on waivers twice by the Jays, was DFA’d a few days ago when the Blue Jays acquired Clayton..." January 04

  • How a Troy Tulowitzki, Manny Machado infield would work

    New York Post "If Troy Tulowitzki performs in spring training the way he did during his workout at Long Beach State last month, he could be the Yankees’ starting shortstop to begin the 2019 season — even if they do end up signing Manny Machado. That’s what the Yankees told..." January 03

  • Plenty of business remains for Blue Jays prior to spring training

    Toronto Sun "Next week in Dunedin, new Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo and his rebuilt coaching staff will get together to hammer out a blueprint for spring training. The three-day summit will no doubt cover a number of areas including a revamped strategy for the first Grapefruit League season..." January 02

  • Report: Yankees Informed Manny Machado They Were Going to Sign Troy Tulowitzki Days Ago

    12 Up "While the Yankees wait on Manny Machado, they made a much smaller move on Tuesday night, signing Troy Tulowitzki to the veteran minimum.  Tulo, who is still being paid handsomely by the Toronto Blue Jays, is a valuable addition to a team in dire need of a shortstop for..." January 02

  • Report: Likelihood Blue Jays trade Stroman decreasing

    The Score "Although Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman has been a popular name in trade rumors this offseason, it's looking increasingly likely that he'll remain north of the border. The likelihood Toronto will trade its ace has decreased in recent weeks,..." January 02

  • A Deep Dive on the Potential Market for Russell Martin

    Bluebird Banter "Here we find ourselves in 2019, the days getting longer, just six weeks until pitchers and catcher report... and the Blue Jays haven’t yet moved any of their veterans players as was expected at the outset of the offseason. Insofar as it appears that there has been a shift in..." January 02

  • Yankees to sign Troy Tulowitzki, pending physical

    Pinstripe Alley "This is not the Yankees shortstop announcement that we’ve all been waiting for, but the Bombers have reportedly agreed to a deal with Troy Tulowitzki, pending a physical. The good news is that the Toronto Blue Jays are on the hook for the $20 million left on..." January 02

  • Blue Jays Designate Oliver Drake

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have designated right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment to make room for newly acquired southpaw Clayton Richard, per a team announcement. Drake only lasted a few weeks on the 40-man roster in Toronto, which claimed him off waivers from the Rays on Nov. 26. By now, the..." December 30

  • Blue Jays close to acquiring Clayton Richard from Padres

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are close to acquiring a veteran pitcher, as discussions about left-hander Clayton Richard have intensified with the San Diego Padres. Richard, 35, was designated for assignment earlier this month after a season in which he started 27 games and posted a 5.33 ERA...." December 30

  • Blue Jays reach agreement with Matt Shoemaker on 1-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays and right-handed pitcher Matt Shoemaker have reached an agreement on a one-year deal, as first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Shoemaker, 32, had spent his entire MLB career with the Los Angeles Angels. " December 28

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. should be among MLB's best from moment he debuts

    Sporting News "In some sports, the choice for Sporting News’ Faces of 2019 series was easier than others. For baseball, the only real option was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Not only is the potential superstar baseball’s best prospect on the cusp of making the majors with the Toronto Blue..." December 27

  • Bryce Harper plus Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would make Blue Jays must-see attraction

    USA Today "Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues. His combination of skills, age and marketing cachet make him an excellent fit for any major league franchise. Even the..." December 26

  • Jays, Padres engaged in Stroman talks "The Padres and Blue Jays are engaged in ongoing discussions about a trade that would send Marcus Stroman to San Diego, sources told on Saturday. The Padres are determined to add at least one more starting pitcher this offseason and have one of the best farm systems in baseball..." December 22

  • Blue Jays bring in Sogard on minors deal

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays are in agreement with infielder Eric Sogard on a minor-league deal, sources told The Athletic's Robert Murray. Sogard appeared in 55 games for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018, hitting .134/.241/.165 with 13 hits in 113 plate appearances. In 2017,..." December 21

  • Marcus Stroman may know something we don't about Manny Machado's free agency "With Manny Machado completing a round of visits to his potential free agent destinations this week, speculation about where he will sign has reached a fever pitch.  On Thursday morning, Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman added some fuel to the fire by suggesting Machado..." December 20

  • Why Blue Jays prefer not to pace the market this off-season

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have yet to sign a free agent or trade for a player with big-league experience this off-season, preferring to lay the groundwork behind the scenes while other teams set the market. According to team president and CEO Mark Shapiro, the moves are coming, but they..." December 19

  • Time will tell what's next for Troy Tulowitzki after working out for nearly a dozen teams

    Yahoo! Sports "By late Tuesday morning, a half-dozen or so teams had told or hinted to Troy Tulowitzki that he could be their next shortstop or third baseman or second baseman, the non-binding smiles and shoulder claps representing about half of those who showed up to watch the former All-Star and..." December 19

  • On Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, and “selling low”

    Bluebird Banter "Ten years ago, the Blue Jays appeared to have one of the premier young players and thus assets in Major League Baseball. Starting his age-20 season in Dunedin, Travis Snider mashed his way through the top three levels of the minors to reach the big leagues in late August..." December 19

  • Pirates Interested In Troy Tulowitzki

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates are among the teams with interest in free-agent infielder Troy Tulowitzki, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (subscription required). Tulowitzki was released by the Blue Jays earlier this month. Pittsburgh skipper Clint Hurdle is quite familiar with Tulo..." December 17

  • The Blue Jays need to get more pieces around Vladimir Guerrero Jr. by embracing their rebuild

    CBS Sports "The price of indecision in baseball can be steep. The Blue Jays might be about to show us how steep. The 2017 Jays were a bad team. They went 76-86, but with runs scored and allowed totals more indicative of a 90-loss ballclub. They also ended that season with multiple veterans on the..." December 17

  • Report: Yankees interested in Troy Tulowitzki with Didi Gregorious out

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees will need a temporary replacement at shortstop with Didi Gregorious set to miss the start of the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and Troy Tulowitzki may be an option for them if the five-time All-Star is healthy. Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe..." December 17

  • Vlad Guerrero Jr Projected for MVP-Like Line in Rookie Season

    12 Up "The Toronto Blue Jays may be adding a star for 2019 without spending a single dime in free agency.  One of the most hyped prospects in recent memory --  Vlad Guerrero Jr. -- is expected to get his first taste of major league action in 2019, and..." December 17

  • Giants eyeing Blue Jays' Pillar

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants are interested in trading for Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, sources told Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Pillar has a highlight reel of spectacular defensive plays on his resume and would fit in nicely in the spacious outfield at AT&T..." December 14

  • Agent: Tulowitzki narrowing field of suitors

    TSN "Troy Tulowitzki may have a new home soon. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Tulowitzki’s agent, Paul Cohen, said they are narrowing his field of suitors on Friday. As of late Thursday, six teams were in the running but not Tulowitzki’s..." December 14

  • Blue Jays believe Luciano presents unique Rule 5 opportunity

    Sportsnet "The house always wins in Las Vegas and, appropriately, the Toronto Blue Jays left the winter meetings a pitcher down after selecting Elvis Luciano following the losses of Canadian Jordan Romano and Travis Bergen in the Rule 5 draft. Their hope, however, is to collect a big payoff down..." December 13

  • Rockies discussing trade for Blue Jays' Smoak

    The Score "The Colorado Rockies have discussed Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak as a potential trade target, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Colorado has been eyeing an upgrade at first base and was previously tied to Edwin Encarnacion, who was traded to the Seattle..." December 13

  • Blue Jays still have options as starting pitcher market begins to move

    Sportsnet "The more the starting pitching market develops, the closer the Toronto Blue Jays get to addressing their biggest need. At least that’s how it looks in theory. General manager Ross Atkins said that the Blue Jays “definitely made progress” in pursuit of..." December 13

  • Reds remain active in trade discussions for Gray, Stroman

    The Score "The Cincinnati Reds are continuing their relentless pursuit for starting pitching at the winter meetings. Cincinnati remains active in trade discussions with the New York Yankees about Sonny Gray and with the Toronto Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman, sources told MLB Network's Jon..." December 12

  • Troy Tulowitzki interested in return to Bay Area, agent says; are A’s a fit?

    San Francisco Gate "Troy Tulowitzki is one of the top baseball players ever to come from the Bay Area — and now that the five-time All-Star is free to sign with any team he likes, he wouldn’t mind coming home and playing for a winning team. Considering the A’s are coming off a playoff..." December 12

  • Why the Toronto Blue Jays released Troy Tulowitzki

    Sportsnet "Consider the $38-million price tag on the release of Troy Tulowitzki the final bill for punting Jose Reyes midway through the 2015 season, when the need to pay out a shortstop who no longer fit the roster was punted a few years down the road. The Toronto Blue Jays could have taken the..." December 11

  • Blue Jays part ways with Tulowitzki

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that the club has released  shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. . "Through many conversations with Troy and his representative Paul Cohen, and with consideration to what is in the best interest of both sides, we made the..." December 11

  • Blue Jays’ path to trading Stroman, Sanchez seems more tangible

    Sportsnet "There’s always a degree of posturing in the public statements of baseball officials, particularly when it comes to the futures of players who may be up for trade. During the winter meetings especially, taking all that’s said with a grain of salt is highly..." December 11

  • Blue Jays prioritizing improved starting pitching in free agency

    Sportsnet "Compare the Blue Jays to the best pitching staffs in the game and it’s immediately apparent that there’s work to do in Toronto. The likes of the Astros and Dodgers have more high-end talent and more depth, creating a standard for other teams to match. The challenge facing..." December 11

  • Report: Blue Jays targeting Fiers, Graveman

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly interested in right-handers Mike Fiers and Kendall Graveman among other free-agent pitchers, sources tell Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The team is looking to build pitching depth in case incumbent..." December 10

  • What to expect from Blue Jays at Winter Meetings

    Sportsnet "The temptations of Las Vegas can test even the most disciplined of visitors, which makes Sin City an especially interesting setting for baseball’s winter meetings. Amid this period of free-agent austerity, putting baseball’s annual swapfest in a place built around the stripping away..." December 10

  • What to expect from Blue Jays at Winter Meetings

    Sportsnet "The temptations of Las Vegas can test even the most disciplined of visitors, which makes Sin City an especially interesting setting for baseball’s winter meetings. Amid this period of free-agent austerity, putting baseball’s annual swapfest in a place built around the stripping away..." December 09

  • Justin Smoak unanimously voted Blue Jays Player of the Year by BBWAA

    Sportsnet "Justin Smoak was the unanimous choice as Blue Jays Player of the Year in voting Wednesday by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The switch-hitting first baseman, who batted .252/.350/.457 with 25 homers and 77 RBIs, collected all 16 first-place..." December 05

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • Future payroll flexibility gives Blue Jays intriguing options

    Sportsnet "Financial flexibility is an often-overlooked asset the Toronto Blue Jays suddenly have in abundance, with less money on the books in 2020 and beyond than any other team in the American League East – even the perennially frugal Tampa Bay Rays. Once the Blue Jays are..." December 04

  • How non-tendered players could impact Blue Jays in free agency, trades

    Sportsnet "The free agent market expanded by a few dozen names over the weekend as teams non-tendered the players who were getting uncomfortably expensive through the arbitration system. In the aftermath of those decisions, established players like Billy Hamilton, Avisail Garcia and Jonathan..." December 03