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  • Anticipating which free agent starters are likely Blue Jays targets

    Sportsnet "In all likelihood, we already know how this winter ends for the Toronto Blue Jays. They need rotation help and have money to spend. Rather conveniently, the free agent market features plenty of starting pitching. So, by the time the Blue Jays report to Dunedin Fla., for spring training,..." November 12

  • Interest in Ben Cherington adds wrinkle to Blue Jays’ off-season planning

    Sportsnet "As baseball’s annual GM Meetings began on Monday, 29 of the 30 teams had a general manager in place. The lone exception? The Pittsburgh Pirates, who are now looking for the next leader of their baseball operations department. In subtle ways, the Pirates’ search has..." November 12

  • Should the Blue Jays try and break the bank for Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg?

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays appear ready to dip their toes into the free-agent pool. The problem is they’re starting from the wrong end. By most accounts, Toronto is going to be an aggressive buyer this winter and the Jays should have more financial flexibility than just about any..." November 12

  • Draft Compensation For 8 Teams That Could Lose Qualified Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already looked at what pick(s) each of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball would need to surrender in order to sign one of the 10 free agents who rejected a qualifying offer last week. On the other side of the coin is what type of compensation each of the eight teams that issued a..." November 12

  • In competitive market, Blue Jays pitch to FAs could be the difference

    Sportsnet "The conversations with free agents started right off the hop this off-season for the Toronto Blue Jays, who like virtually every other team in baseball are on the hunt for starting pitching this winter. As such, the beginning of the General Managers Meetings at the Omni..." November 12

  • MLB will stop awarding prize belt to team that best suppresses salaries in arbitration

    NBC Sports "Earlier this year, Marc Carig of The Athletic published a report on a belt, awarded as a prize at the GM meetings every year to the team that did the most to “achieve the goals set by the industry.” That’s code for salary suppression in arbitration. MLBPA..." November 11

  • MLB rumors: Blockbuster trade seems likely this offseason

    CBS Sports "We've just dipped our toes into the MLB offseason of 2019-20, which means pretty much all the action has yet to transpire. That said, rumors regarding free agent player and team pairings and potential trades are already circulating, and we're here to get you up to speed on all the..." November 11

  • Blue Jays could be open to trading Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays could be open to moving Lourdes Gurriel Jr. this winter, according to Scott Mitchell of TSN. The team doesn't seem to be actively shopping its outfielder, but Mitchell adds the Blue Jays would be especially willing to part with..." November 11

  • Predicting 1 future MVP from each team

    MLB.com "On Thursday, we will find out the MVPs in the National League and the American League. When you win an MVP, you instantly go down in your team’s history. (Sorry D-backs, Rays and Mets: You still haven’t had an MVP.) It’s something both you and your franchise will have..." November 11

  • Blue Jays’ Catchers Drawing Trade Interest

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pitching is the Blue Jays’ top priority this winter, and Toronto has already made one notable move on that front with its acquisition of Chase Anderson from the Brewers.  It remains to be seen whether the Jays will look to free agency or further trades to upgrade..." November 10

  • You're wearing that? Ugliest MLB uniforms in history

    USA Today "Remember that terrible 'Turn Ahead the Clock' promotion from 1999? Unfortunately, we all do. At least none of those uniforms accurately predicted the future. Case in point: the Pittsburgh Pirates ... Arizona Diamondbacks have a short and questionable history with sartorial..." November 09

  • Ryan Tepera Elects Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera has elected free agency, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. The Blue Jays designated Tepera on Monday, but because he has more than three years of service time, he was able to reject an outright assignment in favor of..." November 09

  • 10 Bold Predictions For The MLB Offseason

    Sportsnaut "The 2019 MLB season is over and with it comes the start of the 2020 offseason. There is no rest for MLB teams as the coming weeks and months will play a defining role in shaping rosters and ultimately the entire 2020 season. There will be plenty of All-Star level talent available for..." November 08

  • Ex-Red Sox GM Ben Cherington Emerging As Candidate For Pirates’ Head Of Baseball OPS

    Sportsnaut "As the Pittsburgh Pirates begin a massive overhaul of the entire organization, a new candidate is reportedly emerging to take over the team’s head of baseball operations. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, former Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is..." November 07

  • Tony Clark’s statement on collusion was a necessary stand against MLB

    SB Nation "There are two years remaining in Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement with its players, but a growing rift between the two sides suggests negotiations are going to be bumpy. The latest conflict stemmed from a conference call between reporters..." November 07

  • Vlad Guerrero Jr. ‘pushing himself hard’ during offseason workouts

    NBC Sports "Blue Jays CEO Mark Shapiro told Toronto’s 590 The Fan this morning that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. “couldn’t be pushing himself harder” in offseason workouts. He’s apparently trying to trim down and strengthen that large-ish frame of his. Touted..." November 07

  • 4 Blockbuster Francisco Lindor Trades That Would Change MLB

    12 Up "With only two years left on his contract, Francisco Lindor may not be in a Cleveland Indians uniform much longer (as the team's owners have clearly stated, enjoy him!). As he enters his prime and becomes less affordable, the Indians may prepare to trade him before things get too..." November 07

  • Blue Jays’ Devon Travis elects free agency after triple-A assignment

    Sportsnet "Infielder Devon Travis has declined his outright assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays to triple-A Buffalo and elected to become a free agent on Thursday. The Blue Jays originally made the move to outright Travis on Nov. 4 to free up a spot on the team’s 40-man..." November 07

  • 2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners announced

    Yahoo! Sports "On Tuesday, the winners of the 2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards were announced on MLB Network. Gold Gloves were handed out on Sunday, but Wilson has their own line of defensive awards. The differences between the two are that the Wilson awards are not as widely hailed and..." November 07

  • Blue Jays off-season primer: Chase Anderson deal should just be the beginning

    Sportsnet "This time last fall, the Toronto Blue Jays were still disassembling the remnants of their 2015-16 playoff teams in the hopes of creating room for something new. As of Monday that deconstruction is in some ways complete. After outrighting Devon Travis and designating Ryan..." November 05

  • Super Two eligibility set at earliest point in a decade

    Hardball Talk "MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Super Two cutoff has been set at two years and 115 days of service time. It’s the lowest the threshold has been set in a decade. Super Two eligibility is a salary arbitration concept. All players who have zero to two years of service time..." November 05

  • Electronic strike zone coming to Minor League Baseball in 2020

    Sporting News "Minor League Baseball will implement an automated strike zone in some stadiums for the 2020 season, the latest evolution on the path to so-called robot umps, according to a report from The Athletic. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Network recently that the technology for a..." November 05

  • Blue Jays Designate Ryan Tepera, Outright Devon Travis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have dropped two notable players from their 40-man roster today, per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (via Twitter). Reliever Ryan Tepera was designated for assignment while infielder Devon Travis was outrighted. Both of these players had been eligible for..." November 04

  • Lou Whitaker, Dwight Evans headline HOF's 2020 Modern Era ballot

    The Score "The National Baseball Hall of Fame revealed this year's Modern Baseball Era committee ballot Monday, with 10 candidates seeking induction as part of the Class of 2020. Nine former players - Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale..." November 04

  • Blue Jays acquire starter Chase Anderson from Brewers

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays began remaking their rotation Monday by acquiring starter Chase Anderson from the Milwaukee Brewers for double-A first baseman Chad Spanberger, according to two industry sources. Anderson, 31, pitched to a 4.21 ERA and 4.83 FIP over 139..." November 04

  • Jays have interest in Japanese 1B/LF Yoshitomo Tsutsugo

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have definite interest in Japanese first baseman/left fielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo when he's posted, according to TSN Blue Jays reporter Scott Mitchell.       November 04

  • 7 possible landing spots for Stephen Strasburg

    The Score "Days after being named World Series MVP, Stephen Strasburg opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals and will test free agency for the first time. By opting out, Strasburg leaves $100 million on the table and will roll the dice on the open market in the hope of..." November 04

  • The 2019 Gold Glove Award winners are ...

    MLB.com "The best fielders in baseball took home hardware on Sunday night, as the winners of the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced. First-time winners such as Cleveland's Roberto Pérez and Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain joined multiple honorees like seven-time winners..." November 04

  • Edwin Encarnacion available, but reunion with Blue Jays wouldn’t be so simple

    Sportsnet "It’s a tempting idea, right? Edwin Encarnacion’s now officially a free agent after the Yankees declined his $20-million club option for 2020. The Blue Jays, the team for which he has already played 999 career games, have a potential need at first base or DH now that Justin..." November 04

  • Here are baseball's top 20 free agents

    MLB.com "If it feels like last year’s free agency just ended, that’s because it did. The “winter” technically stretched into early June, when Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel finally signed with the Braves and Cubs, respectively. But it won’t..." November 02

  • Blue Jays' Bo Bichette proposes tennis match with Genie Bouchard

    Yahoo! Sports "Toronto Blue Jays emerging star Bo Bichette is known for his overall athleticism, so it’s not a surprise that baseball isn’t the only sport he’s interested in. In fact, the 21-year-old was a very good tennis player growing up, and even though his father..." November 02

  • Here’s everything that’s happening in the 2019-2020 Off-season

    NBC Sports "Rogers Hornsby’s most famous quote goes like this: “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Rogers Hornsby, of course, died in 1963 and back then they didn’t..." November 02

  • Report: MLB proposed deadline for multi-year free agent contracts

    Yahoo! Sports "The Athletic’s Evan Drellich reports that Major League Baseball made a proposal to the MLB Players Association, suggesting a deadline for multi-year contracts for free agents. The deadline would have been set for the end of the Winter Meetings, which this year will take place..." October 31

  • 131 MLB players officially become free agents

    The Score "Major League Baseball free agency is nearly upon us, and the players' association announced the list of 131 players who officially became available following the conclusion of the World Series, qualifying as Article XX(B) free agents. Not all players qualify as Article..." October 31

  • Blue Jays Outright Brock Stewart, Buddy Boshers

    MLB Players "The Blue Jays have outrighted relief pitchers Brock Stewart and Buddy Boshers, per the International League transactions page. Fellow reliever Ryan Dull was also outrighted; he had been designated for assignment recently. Stewart, 28, had spent his..." October 31

  • Early 2019-20 MLB Free-Agency Contract Predictions for Each Top Star

    Bleacher Report "The MLB free-agency season won't begin in earnest until the World Series confetti has settled, but it's not too early to look ahead and predict how much the top stars will earn. The market has been volatile in recent years, with some high-profile players landing..." October 30

  • Is Anthony Rendon part of this contender's plans?

    MLB.com "On Tuesday, Matt Gelb reported in an article for The Athletic (subscription required) that the Phillies were proceeding with two sets of offseason plans -- one with the assumption of signing Gerrit Cole and one without. While the rotation is Philadelphia's most pressing..." October 30

  • Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama to file for international free agency

    Japan Times "Seibu Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama said Tuesday he will file for international free agency in order to pursue a career in the major leagues. The 31-year-old Akiyama declared his intention at the Japan national team’s training camp in Okinawa ahead of the upcoming Premier12..." October 30

  • Blue Jays claim reliever Anthony Bass off waivers from Mariners

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed right-handed reliever Anthony Bass off waivers from the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Tuesday. In a corresponding move to open up space on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays designated right-hander Ryan Dull for..." October 29

  • What “sustainable success” really means

    Hardball Talk "We live in a time in which Major League Baseball front offices are increasingly cutting payroll and are seemingly happy to be “competitive” while eschewing — and sometimes even fearing — taking shots at being truly great. As we’ve discussed a lot..." October 29

  • Models Julia Rose and Lauren Summer Banned From MLB For Flashing Their Chest At World Series

    TMZ "The game was briefly held up ... and security apprehended Rose and Summer and escorted them from their seats. Rose and Summer's accomplice, Kayla Lauren (also a model), claims the women were taken to police headquarters ... before being released. Rose posted a..." October 28

  • 6 trade fits for Mookie Betts

    MLB.com "Among the more interesting subplots of the upcoming offseason, aside from "who will sign Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole," and "what will Yankees fans do if their team doesn't sign Anthony Rendon or Gerrit Cole," is what's happening -- or about to happen --..." October 28

  • Playoffs proving MLB strategy grounded in search for immediate results

    Sportsnet "So, is baseball really back on its normal axis? That was all the talk ahead of the World Series, which after a post-season dominated by discussion of openers and bullpen games has settled into what used to be the norm: starting pitchers giving their team length, middle relievers holding the..." October 28

  • Head trainer Nikki Huffman leaving Blue Jays, opening up key medical role

    Sportsnet "Head athletic trainer Nikki Huffman is leaving the Toronto Blue Jays to start her own business, the most significant of several changes made to the club’s high-performance department since the season’s end, according to multiple industry sources. Huffman, the..." October 25

  • A closer look at Blue Jays’ expected moderation in elite pitching market

    Sportsnet "If Gerrit Cole’s not the best pitcher in baseball, he certainly belongs in the conversation with teammate Justin Verlander, World Series foe Max Scherzer and defending NL Cy Young winner Jacob DeGrom. A week or so from now, Cole will hit free agency with a seemingly..." October 24

  • MLB umpire Rob Drake apologizes for tweets calling for civil war

    USA Today "The day after Major League Baseball said it was investigating a tweet from umpire Rob Drake calling for a civil war if President Donald Trump is impeached, the umpire unlocked his Twitter account and apologized in a string of tweets. "I want to personally apologize to..." October 24

  • Finalists for Gold Glove Awards revealed

    MLB.com "The finalists -- three at each position in each league -- for the 2019 Gold Glove Awards are being revealed by Rawlings. We'll be updating the list of finalists as they're announced. AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHER Jose Berrios, Twins Mike Leake, MarinersOctober 24

  • MLB, players union have had 'positive' dialogue on opioids

    Sporting News "In the wake of the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, MLB and its players’ union is aiming to crack down on testing for opioid drugs. “The dialogue in this has been really positive with the players association, a lot of common ground on addressing the..." October 24

  • 5 players who boosted free-agency value with postseason performance

    The Score "The World Series is underway, and that means free agency is drawing ever closer. The postseason provides an additional platform for the biggest names to showcase themselves to prospective suitors ahead of the offseason. Here are five players whose playoff performance boosted..." October 24

  • MLB reportedly looking into umpire's controversial tweet

    Sporting News "MLB umpire Rob Drake has deleted a tweet saying he would go buy an assault rifle if President Donald Trump is impeached "this way." In a tweet posted Tuesday found by ESPN, Drake said "if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!!..." October 23