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  • Blue Jays promote prospect Alford to major-league roster

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays outfield prospect Anthony Alford has been promoted and will be on the bench for Monday’s contest against the Baltimore Orioles. Alford is considered the Blue Jays’ fifth-best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. " September 17

  • Blue Jays’ Brandon Drury ‘doubtful’ to return this season

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays infielder Brandon Drury‘s season appears to be over. Drury is considered doubtful to return to the field after suffering a fracture in his left hand during his final game with the New York Yankees on July 24. " September 17

  • Blue Jays rejected Donaldson trade that included star rookie

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays turned down a trade last winter that would have sent Josh Donaldson to the St. Louis Cardinals for a package that would have included rookie sensation Jack Flaherty, according to a new report from Bob Nightengale of U.S. Today. According to Nightengale, citing a..." September 15

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Blue Jays likely shutting down Marcus Stroman for rest of 2018

    Sportsnet "Marcus Stroman’s season appears to be coming to an end with just 19 games remaining on the Toronto Blue Jays’ schedule. Though Stroman has said he’d like to pitch again this year, manager John Gibbons acknowledged Tuesday that Stroman won’t likely return..." September 12

  • Why the Yankees, Red Sox are angry over Josh Donaldson trade

    Boston Herald "The Yankees and Red Sox never agree. That they are now likely speaks volumes to the topic at hand. The two bitter rivals recently “voiced displeasure” to MLB regarding the Indians recent trade with Toronto for star third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to The..." September 11

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Randal Grichuk day-to-day with facial contusion

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randall Grichuk is day-to-day with multiple facial contusions and abrasions after a CT scan of his head was negative for a concussion. The CT scan of his face revealed no fractures.  Initial concussion tests were also negative and the stay..." September 10

  • Blue Jays activate infielder Yangervis Solarte from DL

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have activated infielder Yangervis Solarte from the disabled list and he will start at second base against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Solarte suffered a Grade 2 right oblique strain on Aug. 11 against the Tampa Bay Rays and has been inactive ever..." September 09

  • Red Sox among several teams unhappy with Donaldson trade

    The Score "The Cleveland Indians acquired Josh Donaldson from the Toronto Blue Jays just prior to Major League Baseball's deadline to add postseason-eligible players on Aug. 31, then placed the third baseman on the disabled list. Some contending teams reportedly aren't happy about the situation,..." September 09

  • Grichuk exits after colliding with security guard's stool while chasing fly ball

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk exited Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Indians after sliding into a metal stool attempting to make a catch. Grichuk is undergoing the concussion evaluation with team medical staff. Taking place during the top of the..." September 09

  • Blue Jays Outright Mike Hauschild

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays announced today that they have outrighted right-hander Mike Hauschild. He will not have the right to elect free agency, having never previously been outrighted, but will qualify as a minor-league free agent at season’s end unless returned to the 40-man..." September 08

  • No shortage of motivation for Kevin Pillar

    Sportsnet "It was just five years ago that Kevin Pillar was a rookie attempting to make an impression down the stretch. Now the longest-tenured Blue Jay, Pillar has a different perspective on September call-ups. "It’s definitely energy," Pillar said. "I think it’s a..." September 08

  • Future of Blue Jays rests solely on Shapiro as rebuild underway

    Sportsnet "The worst of the tumult is probably over now for the Toronto Blue Jays. They’re through a rebuild’s most acrimonious parts – splitting with beloved, iconic players and weathering the fallout – and though remnants of the 2015-16 playoff teams remain, any hope of..." September 08

  • Shapiro says relationship with ownership is strong

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro told reporters Friday that he has a strong relationship with ownership amid reports of a rift between the two surfacing this week. Shapiro added that he doesn’t know where the reports of a fractured relationship came from, adding..." September 07

  • Guerrero Jr. named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year

    Sportsnet "The accolades keep piling up for Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Just two days after being named MLB Pipeline’s Hitter of the Year, Guerrero Jr. earned Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year honours. It’s the..." September 07

  • Players union criticizes Blue Jays for not calling up Guerrero

    Sportsnet "There is a downside, a substantial one, for the Toronto Blue Jays in keeping Vladimir Guerrero Jr., in the minors all season as a way to contain his service time, and it will only get worse if they delay his 2019 debut long enough to steal an extra year of club control. Yes, the..." September 07

  • Donaldson's agent refutes claim that Blue Jays offered contract extension

    The Score "On Thursday, a report surfaced that stated the Toronto Blue Jays had offered Josh Donaldson a three-year, $75-million contract extension last winter, which the star third baseman turned down, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred. The report quickly prompted a response from Dan Lozano,..." September 06

  • Jon Heyman: Blue Jays, Gibbons ready to part ways after season

    Fancred Sports "The Jays and John Gibbons are said ready to part ways after the season, sources told Fancred. While nothing’s set in stone, one person familiar with the thinking of both parties, said it was “99.9 percent done” that the Jays would hire a new manager next season...." September 06

  • Mark Shapiro says the Blue Jays’ decision to not call up Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. “has nothing to do with business”

    Hardball Talk "Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro appeared on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. When asked by super-prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. was not called up after rosters expanded on September 1, Shapiro said the decision “has nothing to do with business.” The full..." September 05

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. named MLB Pipeline’s Hitter of the Year

    Sportsnet "MLB Pipeline has named Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. its 2018 Hitter of the Year. It’s the latest achievement for young slugger, who slashed a gaudy .381/.437/.636 in 95 games across four levels of the minors this season. " September 05

  • Blue Jays Will Reportedly Acquire Julian Merryweather As PTBNL In Josh Donaldson Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays will acquire right-hander Julian Merryweather as the player to be named later in the Josh Donaldson trade, tweets Fancred’s Jon Heyman. Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com tweeted at the time of the deal that Merryweather “was..." September 05

  • Blue Jays Select Jonathan Davis, Designate Mike Hauschild

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays announced today that they have selected the contract of outfielder Jonathan Davis. In a corresponding move, righty Mike Hauschild was designated for assignment. In other promotions, the club has called up outfielder Dwight Smith Jr., infielder Richard Urena, and..." September 04

  • Tellez joins Blue Jays in latest wave of September call-ups

    Sportsnet "Five years after being drafted in the 30th round, Rowdy Tellez joined the Toronto Blue Jays‘ big-league roster for the first time Tuesday. The left-handed hitting first baseman was one of four players added to the Blue Jays’ active roster, joining outfielders Jonathan..." September 04

  • Blue Jays’ Atkins: Becoming a winning team involves ‘tough decisions’

    Sportsnet "With Josh Donaldson now suiting up for the Cleveland Indians, it’s worth wondering what could have been had the Toronto Blue Jays reached a contract extension with the 2015 AL MVP this past off-season. According to Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins, the two sides struggled to see..." September 04

  • Blue Jays activate Marcus Stroman from DL, will start vs. Rays

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have activated Marcus Stroman from the 10-day DL so that he can start Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays. In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Murphy Smith has been assigned to triple-A Buffalo. " September 03

  • What U.S. media is saying about Josh Donaldson trade

    Sportsnet "We’ve now had a full weekend to digest the trade that sent Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians with a player to be named later heading back to the Toronto Blue Jays. In Donaldson, the Indians acquired a former MVP for their playoff run at minimal cost. The..." September 03

  • 10 MLB managers who may not return for 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "As the playoff race heads to the final stretdch, teams on the other end of things are facing other concerns. A number of managers must be feeling their seats getting warmer, be it because their contracts are coming to an end with no guarantee of renewal or because their struggling teams have..." September 03

  • Blue Jays Designate Murphy Smith

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays announced that they’ve designated right-hander Murphy Smith for assignment; that’ll make room for left-handed reliever Jose Fernandez, whose contract has been selected for the first time. Smith, 31, made his major-league debut this season after spending parts..." September 02

  • Donaldson grateful for Toronto, fans who took him in 'from day one'

    The Score "New Cleveland Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson left an imprint on the Blue Jays' fan base over his four seasons in Toronto. It turns out the fans, and the city itself, impacted him in a way he'll never forget, too. "I'm just so grateful for the time that I was..." September 02

  • Atkins: Blue Jays will not call up Vlad Jr. this season

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays fans will have to wait until the 2019 regular season to see prized prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the big leagues. During Sunday’s broadcast, Toronto Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins confirmed the 19-year-old phenom will remain with triple-A Buffalo, putting an end..." September 02

  • Atkins: Donaldson trade was 'best decision' for Blue Jays' future

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins helped make a tough choice Friday, trading superstar Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later, and explained Saturday that he had the franchise's future in mind. "I think every decision we make, we..." September 02

  • Blue Jays Claim Mark Leiter Jr.

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays and Phillies have both announced that Toronto claimed right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. off waivers from Philadelphia. Leiter Jr. had been designated for assignment earlier in the week. Leiter Jr. got his first taste of major-league action with the Phillies last season,..." September 01

  • Blue Jays believe PTBNL is more valuable than retaining Donaldson

    Sportsnet "In stark terms, cold, objective, the Toronto Blue Jays believe a player to be named later yet to touch the big-leagues is worth more to them right now than a chance to retain pending free agent Josh Donaldson for 2019 through the extension of a qualifying offer. That’s the math...." September 01

  • Blue Jays agree to trade Curtis Granderson to Brewers

    Sportsnet "The Blue Jays have agreed to trade Curtis Granderson to the Milwaukee Brewers. In exchange for Granderson, the Blue Jays received Demi Orimoloye, a minor-league outfielder from Orleans, Ont. Granderson continues to offer power from the left side even at the age of 37, so he..." September 01

  • Indians To Acquire Josh Donaldson

    MLB Trade Rumors "Donaldson has been told he’s going to the Indians, per Passan (Twitter link). Obviously, the deal is still not yet official. The Cleveland organization has long been cited as a natural landing spot for Donaldson. With the move, it seems likely that the club will move..." August 31

  • Report: Yankees have inquired about Josh Donaldson

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees apparently are not done pursuing potential upgrades to their roster. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Yankees have asked the Toronto Blue Jays about third baseman Josh Donaldson, who is likely to be dealt before midnight’s waiver trade deadline. " August 31

  • Source: Cubs sign veteran lefty Garcia

    MLB.com "MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports the Cubs have signed lefty Jaime Garcia to a Minor League deal. The Cubs have not confirmed the deal. Garcia was designated for assignment on Saturday and was released by the Blue Jays on Wednesday. In 25 games (13 starts) with Toronto, he..." August 31

  • Report: Two teams are clear frontrunners for Josh Donaldson

    Larry Brown Sports "A Josh Donaldson trade is looking increasingly likely, with two teams looking like the frontrunners. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, it would be a “huge surprise” if anyone other than the St. Louis Cardinals or Cleveland Indians acquires Donaldson before..." August 31

  • Jays' Josh Donaldson: 'I can't control what the team wants to do with me'

    Toronto Sun "Josh Donaldson is frustrated. He’s frustrated at his exploding calf muscle, one that his kept him off big-league diamonds for three months. He’s frustrated at being a part of an organization that just two years ago was in the playoffs and three years ago he was..." August 31

  • Blue Jays release Jamie Garcia

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have released pitcher Jaime Garcia after designating the left hander for assignment last Saturday. Garcia joined the Blue Jays in 2018 on a one-year deal worth $8 million with a club option of $10 million for 2019 that also carries a $2 million buyout..." August 30

  • Report: Blue Jays’ Donaldson plans to play in rehab game Thursday

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson plans to play in the first game of a double-header for Class A Dunedin on Thursday, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Donaldson would’ve missed Wednesday’s game (which was eventually postponed by..." August 30

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Blue Jays’ divorce from Donaldson getting uglier by the minute

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson’s rehab assignment and the Toronto Blue Jays’ attempts to trade him devolved into farce Wednesday, when sore calves and legs were to prevent the star third baseman from playing a game eventually postponed by rain, confusing his status in baseball’s opaque..." August 30

  • Kendrys Morales, Marco Estrada Clear Revocable Trade Waivers

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales and right-hander Marco Estrada have both gone unclaimed on revocable trade waivers and are now eligible to be traded to any team, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports (on Twitter). It’s not a surprise to see either player clear, given the relatively..." August 29

  • Blue Jays' Donaldson out of lineup with injury amid trade talks

    The Score "If the Toronto Blue Jays are serious about wanting Josh Donaldson gone before Friday's deadline to add playoff-eligible players via trade, as was reported Tuesday, a major bump in the road might have derailed things. The third baseman, who is on a rehab assignment with Single-A..." August 29

  • Blue Jays to put Donaldson on waivers, reportedly “want him gone”

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays are planning to place Josh Donaldson on revocable trade waivers Thursday because “they want [him] gone.” It’s nothing personal, of course. Rosenthal says they simply do not want to have to decide..." August 29

  • Bisons manager on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: He does what leaders do

    Sportsnet "Buffalo Bisons skipper Bobby Meacham has only had the chance to manage Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for 24 games, but that’s provided enough time for him to draw concrete opinions on the super prospect. The Toronto Blue Jays are grooming the 19-year-old to be a future leader of the..." August 28

  • 17-year-old Brazilian on path to being Jays' ace

    MLB.com "There's an international prospect in the Blue Jays' system who could be a household name one day. He's just a teenager, but he's famous back in his home country, and has been for years. Toronto believed in him so much that it made him a millionaire at 16. Right-handed..." August 28

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28