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  • Blue Jays 2nd-rounder Griffin Conine suspended for banned stimulant

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays prospect Griffin Conine has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for ritalinic acid, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Conine spent the 2018 season with the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest league in..." November 19

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • Report: Reds interested in Blue Jays' Stroman

    The Score "The Cincinnati Reds' search for pitching may be taking them north of the border, as they reportedly have interest in Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. However, Morosi reports the Blue Jays aren't..." November 19

  • New MLB shoe policy will be welcome news to Blue Jays players

    Sportsnet "Several Toronto Blue Jays got their wish on Thursday and it will likely result in some fashionable footwear at Rogers Centre next season. MLB and the MLB Players Association announced an agreement to amend rules governing the appearance of in-game cleats that will allow for increased..." November 17

  • Blue Jays trade Aledmys Diaz to Astros for right-hander Trent Thornton

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays began alleviating their middle-infield glut while simultaneously building up their pitching depth by sending shortstop Aledmys Diaz to the Houston Astros for triple-A right-hander Trent Thornton on Saturday. Thornton, 25, has posted a 4.23 ERA over four..." November 17

  • Blue Jays reportedly not seriously talking Marcus Stroman trade

    Larry Brown Sports "Teams are showing interest in Marcus Stroman, but it does not sound like the Toronto Blue Jays are too interested in trading their pitcher. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Jays are not in serious trade discussions regarding Stroman. He mentions the..." November 17

  • Blue Jays promoting Guillermo Martinez to be new hitting coach

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are promoting Guillermo Martinez to be their new hitting coach, the latest addition to new manager Charlie Montoyo’s staff, according to multiple industry sources. He replaces Brook Jacoby, who was fired earlier this month. The..." November 16

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Guerrero Jr. handling rising expectations with ease

    TSN "The first thing you notice about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the smile. It’s omnipresent. Sort of like the multi-hit games. There’s an obvious joy the 19-year-old displays on a daily basis, even if he’s now in his ninth straight month of baseball,..." November 13

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Hudgens replaces Hale as Blue Jays bench coach

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays began to flesh out their coaching staff on Wednesday by hiring Dave Hudgens as bench coach under new manager Charlie Montoyo. Hudgens, 61, spend the past four seasons as the Houston Astros’ hitting coach, winning a World Series ring in 2017. He has also..." November 08

  • Blue Jays leave GM meetings set for potential opportunities

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays leave the general managers’ meetings without an immediate cure for what influential agent Scott Boras described as the “Blue Flu,” but with a sense that they’ve started work on enough different tracks to eventually find one. The annual..." November 08

  • Blue Jays met with Happ's reps about possible reunion

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays may want to re-connect with an old friend to potentially bolster their rotation in 2019. The Blue Jays met with free-agent lefty J.A. Happ's representatives on Tuesday, and general manager Ross Atkins said the team would be happy to bring him..." November 08

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • Blue Jays could target these 5 free-agent arms "The Blue Jays' top priority this offseason is bolstering a pitching staff that contains at least a couple of glaring holes in the starting rotation and the bullpen. Toronto has Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and Ryan Borucki as projected members of its starting five. Sean..." November 06

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • What to expect from Blue Jays during off-season

    Sportsnet "The hiring of a new manager in Charlie Montoyo and some 40-man roster housecleaning behind them, the Toronto Blue Jays fully dive into the business of the off-season this week during the General Managers Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif. With a team in rebuild mode after..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Tigers claim left-hander Jose Fernandez as Blue Jays create roster space

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays lost left-handed reliever Jose Fernandez to the Detroit Tigers on a waiver claim Friday as off-season action picked up across Major League Baseball. The Toronto front office had to remove at least one player from the roster Friday, the deadline for reinstating..." November 02

  • Blue Jays Outright Shafer, Cruz, Guerrieri, Petricka

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays announced today that they have outrighted four players from their 40-man roster. Justin Shafer will remain in the organization after clearing waivers, while fellow right-handed hurlers Rhiner Cruz, Taylor Guerrieri, and Jake Petricka were all sent into free agency after going..." November 02

  • Blue Jays decline Solarte’s 2019 team option, pick up Smoak’s

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have declined to pick up the 2019 team option on Yangervis Solarte and have excercised slugger Justin Smoak‘s 2019 option. Though Toronto declined Solarte’s 2019 option, he will remain on the team’s 40-man option and will be arbitration..." October 31

  • New Jays manager Montoyo intent on making most of opportunity in Toronto

    Sportsnet "Transitioning to manager of the Toronto Blue Jays after 22 consecutive years in the Tampa Bay Rays organization means there are a lot of things that Charlie Montoyo must suddenly get used to. A week ago he was arriving at Rogers Centre for an unexpected interview with general manager..." October 30

  • Justin Smoak option picked up by Toronto

    CBS Sports "Smoak's 2019 club option was picked up by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. Smoak will make just $8 million in 2019 after hitting a combined .256/.353/.495 with 63 homers and 167 RBI over the past two seasons. " October 30

  • Blue Jays manager Montoyo: ‘I’m always looking for useful information’

    Sportsnet "Charlie Montoyo wasn’t entirely sure what to think when he first heard that the Toronto Blue Jays wanted to talk to him. It was Oct. 21, three weeks after the regular season had ended, and Rays GM Erik Neander called to relay the news. “Really?” Montoyo..." October 29

  • Blue Jays set to hire Charlie Montoyo as manager

    Sportsnet "  Impressed by the way the Tampa Bay Rays use data in their decision-making on and off the field,..." October 25

  • After 25 years, the '93 Blue Jays are champions of the old school

    The Score "It's been 25 years since Joe Carter touched 'em all and gave Canada back-to-back World Series championships. For 1992 and 1993 alumni, it doesn't feel all that long ago. Gathered at an event Tuesday in downtown Toronto to mark the anniversary, players, coaches, and..." October 24

  • Blue Jays interview Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo for manager opening

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are interviewing Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo for their managerial vacancy, another finalist in the race to replace John Gibbons. A former Montreal Expo, the 53-year-old Puerto Rican joins Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada, who had in-person..." October 23

  • Blue Jays interviewed Canadian Stubby Clapp for manager job

    Sportsnet "The Blue Jays have interviewed Canadian Stubby Clapp for their managerial vacancy, Bob Elliott of Canadian Baseball Network reported Monday. It’s unclear whether Clapp’s one of the four finalists for the job or whether he simply interviewed earlier in the month when the..." October 22

  • Joe Espada in Toronto to interview for Blue Jays’ managerial positon

    Sportsnet "Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada is in Toronto to interview for the Blue Jays’ managerial vacancy, the latest step in the ongoing process to find John Gibbons’ replacement. Espada is one of what was believed to be up to five finalists for the position, a group also..." October 22

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • MLB could see $1B revenue increase from legalized sports gambling

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball might not be too excited by the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that overturned a nation-wide ban on sports gambling. But as states take it upon themselves to open up sportsbooks in the wake of said ruling, America’s pastime could soon see an..." October 18

  • Blue Jays believed to be down to five candidates for new manager

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are believed to be down to five candidates in their search for a new manager and have begun in-person interviews to decide on a replacement for John Gibbons. The identity of the finalists couldn’t be confirmed, although according to multiple industry..." October 16

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. says he’s ‘ready’ to play for Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "During the month Vladimir Guerrero spent at triple-A Buffalo at the end of the 2018 season, one thing in particular that impressed Bisons manager Bobby Meacham was the competitive nature of baseball’s top prospect. Now, all elite athletes inherently carry a self-belief that’s rooted..." October 15

  • Blue Jays have good reason to consider Clapp as next manager

    Sportsnet "Yes, all the industry chatter linking him to the Toronto Blue Jays’ managerial vacancy is trickling back to Stubby Clapp, even as he tries to avoid it, even as he locks in on managing a Surprise Saguaros team featuring Vladimir Guerrero Jr., in the Arizona Fall..." October 14

  • Blue Jays prospect Nate Pearson impresses in AFL debut

    Sportsnet "In the days and weeks that accumulated after suffering his second freak injury of the season, Nate Pearson did all he could to stay engaged while a fracture in his forearm healed. Part of that was going to class, dubbed Baseball 101, in which the 2017 first-rounder and other injured Toronto..." October 13

  • Blue Jays finalizing list of managerial candidates for in-person interviews

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are finalizing a list of candidates to interview in-person for their managerial opening after holding phone conversations with a host of potential suitors in recent days. The process could begin early next week with the bulk of face-to-face meetings potentially..." October 13

  • How Blue Jays plan to get the most from their highly rated farm system

    Sportsnet "Beneath the surface of the games on the field, beyond the daily routines part and parcel to baseball’s daily grind, the themes of teammate values and purposeful practice underpinned the Toronto Blue Jays’ approach to player development in 2018. The manifestations of those focal..." October 10

  • Arbitration projections predict raises for Blue Jays’ Stroman, Pillar

    Sportsnet "The Blue Jays spend tens of millions in arbitration just about every year as their players approach free agency. Thanks to the projections by Matt Swartz at MLB Trade Rumors, we now have a more precise idea of what the Blue Jays’ 2019 class will cost. At some point before the..." October 09

  • Blue Jays acquire pitcher Julian Merryweather to complete Donaldson trade

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays completed their trade for Josh Donaldson on Friday, more than a month after dealing the slugging third baseman to the Cleveland Indians. Right-handed pitcher Julian Merryweather was announced as the player to be named later in the move that sent Donaldson to..." October 05

  • Blue Jays have a list of interviewees to replace John Gibbons

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports that the Toronto Blue Jays plan to interview Eric Wedge, John McDonald, Stubby Clapp, David Bell, and Sandy Alomar Jr., among others, to replace fired manager John Gibbons. McDonald was a longtime Blue Jays player and he Wedge, and Alomar were all at one time..." October 04

  • Blue Jays expect Sanchez to be ready for spring training following surgery

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays expect starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez to be ready for spring training following surgery to repair the UCL on the outside of his right index finger, according to general manager Ross Atkins. Sanchez had the surgery last Tuesday in Los Angeles on the troublesome..." October 02

  • Blue Jays GM Atkins on off-season trades: ‘We have to be open’

    Sportsnet "Two losing seasons later, the Toronto Blue Jays have “weathered some of the storm,” according to general manager Ross Atkins. All of it? Not likely, as the Blue Jays aren’t expecting to contend in 2019, but Atkins hopes that decisions made this winter will set up the next..." October 02