Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

Jose Bautista Says He Had Choice Between Five Or Six Places

Feb 20, 2017 7:14 AM

Jose Bautista remained on the free agent market for longer than expected and the slugger says he had his choice between five or six destinations.

Interest in Bautista, who maintained contact with the Toronto Blue Jays throughout the season, only picked up after the calendar turned to 2017.

"I was trying not to pay attention as much as I could," he said. "Sometimes it's inevitable. Your friends and family care for you. They pay attention, they call you, they try to talk. That stuff happens. But for the most part I wasn't really dwelling on it. I was just hoping that phone would ring and it would be a bunch of people trying to show their love. A few did. Not as many as I was expecting but ultimately I had my choice between five or six places and I always wanted to come back so I chose to come back."

Bautista's contract includes a mutual option for $17 million in 2018 that would trigger a vesting option based on cumulative games played worth $20 million for 2019.

"It's a potential three-year deal," said Bautista. "Don't get me wrong, every player wants to have a long-term commitment. (But) that definitely shows that I want to end my career here, so we'll see what happens. It just shows that both sides are willing to be committed in the long run as long as certain scenarios play out and those are defined in the contract."

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Josh Donaldson Could Miss Two To Three Weeks With Calf Strain

Feb 20, 2017 12:51 AM

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson says he could miss two to three weeks of Spring Training due to a right calf strain he sustained on Friday.

Donaldson said he had been feeling "phenomenal" in prior workouts, but he felt something grab in his muscle while running sprints. The three-time All-Star was walking with the assistance of crutches in the clubhouse on Sunday to take pressure off his leg, and he expects to remain on them for a few days.

"It's something that we don't necessarily want to push too much, just for the simple fact that we have a little extra time with Spring Training right now," Donaldson said. "I'm just making sure that whenever I step back on the field, it's ready to go and I'm ready to be able to push it."

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

Mat Latos, Blue Jays Agree To Minor League Deal

Feb 17, 2017 6:10 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a Minor League deal with Mat Latos that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Latos, 29, went 6-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 11 starts for the Chicago White Sox last year. He was then released and went 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in one start and five relief appearances for the Washington Nationals.

"I'm happy to just be playing baseball, let's be honest," Latos said.

Associated Press

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Blue Jays 'Far Along' In Talks With Mat Latos

Feb 16, 2017 8:34 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are "far along" in contract talks with Mat Latos, according to a report.

There is no guarantee that a contract will be finalized, but the Blue Jays have been talking with Latos' representatives over the last few weeks.

Latos, 29, split last season between the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals. He posted a 4.89 ERA, 42 strikeouts and 5.32 FIP in 70 innings.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Blue Jays Plan To Stretch Out Joe Biagini As Starter

Feb 14, 2017 7:11 AM

Joe Biagini, who was an important part of the bullpen last season, will be stretched out as a starter by the Toronto Blue Jays this spring.

It remains to be seen whether he'll actually end up starting, but the Blue Jays have little depth behind their five starters. In addition, Marco Estrada and Francisco Liriano are eligible for free agency next winter.

Shi Davidi/SportsNet

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

Blue Jays Reportedly Add Joe Smith To Bullpen

Feb 5, 2017 3:58 AM

The Blue Jays have added another piece to their bullpen for 2017, signing right-handed reliever Joe Smith to a one-year Major League deal, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Precise terms of the contract are unknown and the club has not confirmed the deal.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Chris Davis Says Jose Bautista 'Easy To Dislike'

Jan 29, 2017 1:08 PM

The Orioles and Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista have a history of hostility. 

Asked Saturday by a young fan at the team's FanFest about his opinion of Bautista, Chris Davis didn't hold back.

"He's actually a pretty good dude," Davis said but then added after a pause, "said no one ever."

He then added that Bautista is "a guy who's easy to dislike."

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

Blue Jays Have Expressed Interest In Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Jan 23, 2017 4:45 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is drawing interest from the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a report.

The Blue Jays are looking for a backup for Russell Martin. The 31-year-old recently changed agents and is now a client of ACES after his former agent, Jim Munsey, decided to leave the business.

Saltalamacchia spent the 2016 season with the Detroit Tigers.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jose Bautista To Play For Dominican Republic At WBC

Jan 20, 2017 4:10 PM

Jose Bautista is expected to play for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic in March.

The Toronto Blue Jays, who re-signed Bautista earlier this week, haven't confirmed the report.

The Dominican Republic will defend its 2013 Classic title beginning with a matchup against Canada on March 9 in Miami.

Matt Kelly/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

Ownership Pushed For Blue Jays To Re-Sign Jose Bautista

Jan 19, 2017 4:08 PM

The ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays pushed for the club to re-sign Jose Bautista.

Ross Atkins said the desire of Edward Rogers, the controlling shareholder of owner Rogers Communications, to help was "abundantly clear."

Bautista agreed to a one-year, $18.5 million deal with Toronto that includes options for more years.

Associated Press

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays, Jose Bautista Reopen Talks On Short-Term Deal
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Jose Bautista could return to the Blue Jays if the value of the deal exceeds the $17.2M qualifying offer.

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Jon Morosi/MLB

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Red Sox Won't Add Payroll To Sign Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista and his agent approached the Red Sox, but the two sides won't be working out a contract agreement.

Peter Gammons

Blue Jays Still Talking Deal With Jose Bautista
The two sides met last week, but it doesn't appear as though they came much closer to a new deal.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Blue Jays Resume Contract Talks With Jose Bautista
The Blue Jays have resumed talks with Jose Bautista on a potential contract, according to numerous reports.

Hazel Mae/SportsNet

Edwin Encarnacion Currently Prefers Signing With Blue Jays, Red Sox
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Rob Bradford/WEEI

Blue Jays Sign Steve Pearce To Two-Year, $12.5M Deal
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Buster Olney/ESPN

Dexter Fowler, Blue Jays Apart In Talks; Cardinals Remain Possibility
Dexter Fowler is reportedly seeking a deal worth $18 million annually.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays Interested In Dexter Fowler
The Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays are believed to be interested in Dexter Fowler, according to a report.

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