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  • Blue Jays assign Bo Bichette & Cavan Biggio to minor-league camp

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have assigned Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Shawn Morimando to minor-league camp. Bichette hit .417/.475/.833 along with four home runs, three doubles and five RBI in spring training with the Blue Jays. The 21-year-old was selected in the second round of the MLB..." March 18

  • Blue Jays to enforce pregame clubhouse curfew for video games

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays don't want distractions in the clubhouse this season, specifically of the video game variety. Manager Charlie Montoyo and the Blue Jays are imposing a curfew on video games during the 2019 campaign, according to John Lott of The Athletic. A specific..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Blue Jays Acquire Jason Adam; Devon Travis, Mark Leiter Jr. Undergo Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Jason Adam from the Royals for cash considerations, Scott Mitchell of TSN reports. Additionally, the Blue Jays announced notable injury news regarding second baseman Devon Travis and right-hander Mark Leiter Jr., Shi Davidi of Sportsnet tweets. Travis..." March 17

  • Montoyo’s faith in Blue Jays’ Travis unfazed despite latest injury

    MLB.com "It is an old baseball adage that the game doesn’t wait for anybody. But Charlie Montoyo will wait for Devon Travis, who is out for four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to clean up a meniscus tear in his left knee. He will wait because when healthy he is the best –..." March 17

  • Blue Jays to raise minor league pay by 50 percent

    Hardball Talk "For the past several years we and others have chronicled the sorry state of pay for minor leaguers. Woefully underpaid for years — making less than minimum wage, getting no overtime despite working long hours and being forced into all manner of unpaid training — lawsuits were filed..." March 17

  • Blue Jays’ Thornton feels wrath of Phillies fans after hitting Harper

    Sportsnet "One spring training prediction of which I’m reasonably sure: It’s going to be easy as hell to cheer against the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019. And their fans are going to be insufferable whiners if the reaction to Bryce Harper being hit by a Trent Thornton pitch on Friday at..." March 16

  • Blue Jays assign Vlad Jr. to minor-league camp

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays have officially assigned Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to minor-league camp, according to a statement obtained by Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. Guerrero, the league's top prospect according to MLB Pipeline, suffered a left oblique injury March 8 and was given a..." March 14

  • Yankees' Tulowitzki: I don't pay attention to boos from Blue Jays fans

    Newark Star-Ledger "They weren’t yelling “Tulo.” Those were mostly boos Troy Tulowitzki heard from Blue Jays fans the first time he visited their spring training home since Toronto cut him in December. Tulowitzki played it off. “I heard a little bit of..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Marcus Stroman named Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter

    Sportsnet "Marcus Stroman will get the ball to start the 2019 Toronto Blue Jays season. Confirmed: Marcus Stroman will be the Blue Jays opening day starter. — Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) March 13

  • Report: Blue Jays to make $5 beers available at home games

    Yahoo! Sports "Thus far the 2019 Blue Jays offseason has not included a lot of news that fans can really get excited about. Some of the club’s additions, like Matt Shoemaker, Clay Buchholz, and Freddy Galvis, look like potentially productive pieces, but overall the Blue Jays haven’t brought any..." March 13

  • Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman calls out MLB teams for quiet free agency

    Sportsnet "For the second time this spring training, Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman is calling out MLB teams for the large number of players still on the free agent market. In a string of tweets early Monday morning, Stroman questioned why fellow pitchers Dallas..." March 11

  • Silver linings exist for Blue Jays amidst Vladimir Guerrero Jr. injury

    Sportsnet "During his final plate appearance of a game at Dunedin Stadium on Friday, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. took one of his aggressive, forceful swings and felt a sharp pain in his left side. Soon after, the Toronto Blue Jays‘ top prospect was informed he had suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left..." March 10

  • Vlad Jr. to miss 3 weeks with left oblique strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "Prized Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has suffered a Grade 1 left oblique strain, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. The team estimates Guerrero will need three weeks to recover, Davidi adds. " March 10

  • Blue Jays prospect Biggio gets in car accident, no major injuries

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Saturday prospect Cavan Biggio got into a car accident at spring training a couple days ago. Montoyo said there were no major injuries and Biggio is expected to play Sunday after taking a couple days off.   " March 10

  • Blue Jays’ Jansen aims to build on 2018 with defensive adjustments

    Sportsnet "It wasn’t until months after that first game at Kauffman Stadium that Danny Jansen truly caught up with his new reality. He was lying in bed at home in Wisconsin one day last off-season when the realization struck: not only had he arrived in the big-leagues, he had succeeded..." March 09

  • Pompey leaves after fouling ball off knee

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey fouled a ball off his right knee in a split-squad game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and was removed following the at bat according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. He was replaced after the strikeout by Roemon Fields in the bottom of the first..." March 08

  • Orioles Acquire Dwight Smith, Designate Josh Osich

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have acquired outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. from the Blue Jays, the Baltimore organization announced. International pool money will go to Toronto in return. The O’s designated lefty Josh Osich to open a 40-man roster spot. " March 08

  • Blue Jays’ new iron man Freddy Galvis happy to sacrifice for team

    Sportsnet "Late in January, as the Blue Jays’ pursuit of Freddy Galvis picked up, Charlie Montoyo reached out with a recruiting call. By this point in the winter, the Blue Jays had already released Troy Tulowitzki, but they weren’t quite ready to make Lourdes Gurriel Jr. the everyday..." March 07

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • How stint in minors helped Blue Jays’ Clay Buchholz refine his game

    Sportsnet "Last April, as he prepared to make his first start of the 2018 season, Clay Buchholz pulled on the navy-and-cardinal uniform of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and wondered how he’d ended up back in double-A. "I think 2008 was the last time that I was in the..." March 05

  • Jays update Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s weight to 250lbs

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays updated Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s weight for the first time in multiple years on Sunday, listing the third baseman at 250 pounds on the league's website. Guerrero Jr. was previously listed at 200 pounds, though Rob Longley of Toronto Sun..." March 04

  • MLB’s Twitter is promoting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. while the Jays hold him down for service time reasons

    Awful Announcing "Spring training is ongoing, so while the weather for a large swath of the country is still very much winter (here in Indiana, the windchill will peak at around 5 degrees tomorrow), baseball is somehow just around the corner. Now that Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are both signed, we..." March 04

  • Blue Jays’ Ryan Tepera hoping data deep dive helps refine his repertoire

    Sportsnet "During the off-season Ryan Tepera bought a house in Friendswood, Texas, a small city just south of Houston, and while he didn’t get it strictly because of the pitching mound and batting cage in the backyard, that certainly was part of the appeal. After all, the Toronto Blue Jays..." March 03

  • Many scenarios in play as Blue Jays contemplate rotation setup

    Sportsnet "Within a couple of days, the Blue Jays’ pending deals with Clay Buchholz and Bud Norris should become official, but it will likely take weeks before real clarity emerges on the structure of the team’s pitching staff. In the meantime, many scenarios remain in play for a team that..." March 03

  • Blue Jays’ Devon Travis on injuries: ‘You’ve got to find a way to keep going’

    Sportsnet "Down the right field line at Dunedin Stadium, there’s a Blue Jays backdrop in front of which players address the media. Early in spring, players will often stand there, refreshed after an off-season of rest, and speak about their hopes for the coming season. If spring training is the time..." March 03

  • Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. is apparently major league enough to be MLB’s social media sensation

    Hardball Talk "Recently, we have been talking about the near-certain upcoming manipulation of No. 1 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.’s service time by the Blue Jays. That his service time will likely be manipulated comes as no surprise, as the same was done to Kris Bryant a few years ago when he..." March 03

  • Blue Jays stayed on periphery as Bryce Harper’s market developed

    Sportsnet "Early Saturday afternoon at Spectrum Field, dozens of media members, select fans and one green-haired mascot gathered in anticipation in the first base stands. The focus of their attention: Bryce Harper, who had officially agreed to the biggest contract in baseball history the previous..." March 03

  • Jays' Travis out with inflammation in knee

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Saturday that infielder Devon Travis is out with inflammation in his left knee. Travis,  28, has not appeared in game action since last Monday and will be reevaluated on Tuesday. This is the latest in a lengthy series of knee..." March 02

  • Blue Jays want Vlad Guerrero Jr. to evolve into complete player

    Sportsnet "When the Blue Jays are batting and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s spot in the lineup approaches, players will say things rarely heard about teenage prospects. “I hear people saying, ‘I hope the (batter) gets on so Vlad can hit,’” manager Charlie Montoyo said...." March 02

  • 'He's there for me': Dad's presence a spring luxury for Bo Bichette

    The Score "When Bo Bichette was scuffling last season in Double-A, an inhospitable place for any 20-year-old, he called his old man. To that point in his career, struggle was foreign to Bichette. The much-hyped Toronto Blue Jays prospect had breezed through the lower levels of the minor leagues,..." March 01

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Players association concerned over Blue Jays 'manipulation' of phenom Vlad Guerrero Jr.

    Toronto Sun "The free Vlad Guerrero Jr. movement is not just a groundswell limited to frustrated Blue Jays fans anxious to see the top-rated prospect in all of baseball make the team at the end of spring training. The Major League Baseball Players Association is monitoring how Jays management is..." March 01

  • Reports: Blue Jays reach deal to add Buchholz

    ESPN "The Toronto Blue Jays and free-agent pitcher Clay Buchholz have agreed to a contract, according to multiple reports. The deal is pending a physical. Terms weren't immediately available. Following a series of injury-plagued seasons, Buchholz became..." March 01

  • Blue Jays agree to deal with Bud Norris

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with veteran free-agent reliever Bud Norris, a source told Craig Mish of SiriusXM. Terms of the agreement are unknown. " February 28

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Blue Jays' GM has ridiculous take on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Sportsnaut "The Toronto Blue Jays will face the fury of both their fan base and other Major League Baseball players if stud youngster Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doesn’t break camp with the big league team. A lot has been made of MLB teams manipulating the service-time clause in the current..." February 27

  • Tulo: Spring homer vs. Blue Jays was 'extra special'

    The Score "Troy Tulowitzki had something to prove against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. In his first at-bat with the New York Yankees, the veteran shortstop hit an opposite-field home run off ex-teammate Marcus Stroman in the first inning. As he rounded the bases, the 34-year-old was fired..." February 25

  • Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman trash talks Troy Tulowitzki after allowing HR

    Sportsnaut "New York Yankees infielder Troy Tulowitzki had some good luck on Monday facing old teammate Marcus Stroman when he went yard in the first inning of Grapefruit League action on Monday. Stroman later commented on the home run. The Toronto Blue Jays starter didn’t seem..." February 25

  • Adam Warren weighing multiple offers; Blue Jays among interested teams

    Yardbarker "The Blue Jays are showing interest in several veteran relievers, including right-hander Adam Warren, per Robert Murray and Emily Waldon of The Athletic. Waldon tweets that Warren currently has offers from multiple teams in hand and is weighing his options. Warren, 31,..." February 25