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Papelbon Interested In Possible Trade To Blue Jays

Feb 26, 2015 4:40 PM

Jonathan Papelbon made some interesting comments Thursday when asked about a potential trade from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Milwaukee Brewers have re-signed Francisco Rodriguez, removing one potential landing spot for Papelbon, who has said that he'd prefer to pitch for a winner.

The Toronto Blue Jays have also been linked to the right-hander.

“Yes, Toronto, interests me -- if it interests Ruben [Amaro]," he said. "I know some of the guys on their coaching staff. They're a good team. If Ruben can do a deal with them, I'd be interested."

Papelbon is making $13 million this season and has a vesting option for $13 million for 2016.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Saunders Trips On Sprinkler, Out Until Break

Feb 26, 2015 10:10 AM

Michael Saunders stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls Wednesday, tearing cartilage in his left knee and sidelining him until the All-Star break.

The Toronto Blue Jays said surgery is likely, but Saunders will seek a second opinion.

Saunders said he felt a pop after stepping on a sprinkler head while going for a ball at the team's training facility.

"I just tried to walk off the field and not draw any attention to myself, then when I got into the training room, my knee felt like it was getting tight on the inside," Saunders said. "I've never had any issues with my knees, so that's when I knew that something was wrong."

Associated Press

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury

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Anthopoulos Has 'Pretty Good Relationship' With Beane

Feb 25, 2015 8:26 AM

Alex Anthopoulos says he has a good working relationship with Billy Beane, his contemporary in Oakland.

This past offseason, the Oakland Athletics traded Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I have a pretty good relationship with [A's GM] Billy Beane," Anthopoulos said. "We've done a bunch of small deals. The one thing about Billy, he's always open-minded and you can never offend him; you can ask about anybody at any time to make a deal.

"[Donaldson] is somebody we asked about right at the end of the season. We were adamantly told, 'He's not going to be moved.' Then we asked about him a little later. [Beane] was still adamant that [Donaldson] was not going to be moved. Then I guess, about a week before we did the deal, we asked about him again in a conversation, he again said he wouldn't move him, but it seemed in passing that one of the issues was they wanted to win this year. They might retool, but they weren't going to tear it down.

"[Beane] wasn't going to leave a hole at third base. I'm the one who introduced Lawrie at that point. We weren't going to trade Lawrie, but I wasn't getting anywhere with trying to get Donaldson. Once I introduced Lawrie to fill that hole for him, he seemed a little bit more open-minded and we took it from there. That was the only way I think things could get off the ground, because [Beane] still had every intention to win."

Mike Bauman/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

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Navarro Still Wants Blue Jays To Trade Him

Feb 23, 2015 4:12 PM

Dioner Navarro hasn't changed his stance. The veteran catcher wants the Toronto Blue Jays to trade him.

Navarro first requested a trade when the club signed Russell Martin.

The 31-year-old says he holds no grudges and will work hard this spring, hoping an opportunity comes his way.

"I don't know when did it go wrong, if anything did go wrong," Navarro said of his time with Toronto. "I'm just going to be ready and do my job."

Martin signed an $82 million, five-year contract this offseason.

Navarro, who hit 274 with 12 home runs and 59 runs batted in last season, faces being a designated hitter and backup catcher with the Jays.

Associated Press

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Josh Donaldson Loses Case, Gets $4.3M

Feb 14, 2015 2:36 AM

Josh Donaldson, who had 29 home runs and 98 RBIs last season for the A's, has lost to the Blue Jays in salary arbitration, getting $4.3 million on Friday.

Donaldson, 29, had sought $5.75 million. Arbitrators Steven Wolf, Robert Herzog and Gary Kendellen heard his case.

ESPN.com

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.


First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Blue Jays Moving To Natural Grass By 2018

Feb 6, 2015 2:18 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed an agreement with the University of Guelph to provide research on bringing natural grass to Rogers Centre in time for the 2018 season.

President Paul Beeston made the announcement on Thursday night.

"It's a formal agreement, and it's pretty exciting from our point of view because we've had many discussions, but now it's to the point where we're actually going forward," Beeston, 69, said. "We're looking forward to the report, which should take probably a year, and then we'll go from there."

The University of Guelph, about 60 miles west of Toronto, is home to the Ontario Agricultural College.

Associated Press

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Brewers Still Discussing Papelbon; Blue Jays Are Long Shots

Feb 5, 2015 7:18 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers continue to discuss a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Brewers are believed to be the favorites to land the closer if he is dealt. The Toronto Blue Jays are now considered a long shot.

The holdup in talks between Milwaukee and Philadelphia is related to player compensation as opposed to monetary compensation.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Yoan Moncada Wants To Sign Quickly

Feb 4, 2015 4:40 PM

Yoan Moncada, cleared to sign with a Major League club earlier this week, is eager to begin his career in the United States.

"My goal is to sign with a team soon, start training with them, and make it to the Major Leagues as fast as I can with whichever team that might be," Moncada said in Spanish to MLB.com. "I know I'm going to do the best I can for as long as I can in this sport."

Moncada, 19, has worked out privately for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers, Rays, Tigers and Brewers.

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Nationals Reportedly Add Casey Janssen

Jan 28, 2015 5:48 PM

Casey Janssen has signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Washington Nationals, according to reports.

The deal reportedly includes a mutual option for 2016.

Janssen, 33, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays.

ESPN

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

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Phillies Discussing Papelbon With Blue Jays, Brewers
Both the Blue Jays and Brewers are in need of a closer, but Jonathan Papelbon's salary has been a sticking point.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Blue Jays Extend Beeston Through 2015 Season
Toronto had made overtures to Dan Duquette of the Orioles and Kenny Williams of the White Sox.

Associated Press

Blue Jays End Pursuit Of Dan Duquette
The Blue Jays have broken off talks with the Orioles for Dan Duquette after refusing to part with Jeff Hoffman and two other top prospects as compensation.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet.ca

Brewers In Talks To Acquire Papelbon
Milwaukee is on Jonathan Papelbon's no-trade list, but that doesn't rule out a swap if the reliever feels he has a better chance to win.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Blue Jays Closing In On Deal For Duquette
The Blue Jays and Orioles are nearing a deal that would send executive Dan Duquette to Canada, according to sources.

ESPN

Orioles Will Receive 'Substantial' If Duquette Goes To Blue Jays
If the Blue Jays are able to wrestle Dan Duquette away from the Orioles, his incumbent club will receive "substantial" compensation.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Angelos: Duquette Won't Be Leaving Orioles For Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have expressed interest in acquiring executive Dan Duquette from the Orioles, but managing partner Peter Angelos says that won't happen.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Blue Jays, Orioles Discussing Duquette Trade
The Orioles and Jays have discussed a compensation package that would allow Dan Duquette, currently Baltimore's executive VP of baseball operations, to become Toronto's president and CEO.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Diamondbacks Reach Out To Jays About Navarro
Dioner Navarro has been mentioned in trade rumors since Toronto signed Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Market For Axford Picking Up, Blue Jays Interested
The Blue Jays are one of four clubs believed to be pursuing John Axford.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Blue Jays Aren't Negotiating With Shields
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has reported that Toronto may enter the fray if the right-hander's price drops.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Angels, Blue Jays, Mets Showing Interest In Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won't be eligible to sign with a Major League club until July 2.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Blue Jays Finalize Coaching Staff
The Blue Jays added Dane Johnson and Eric Owens to their coaching staff on Friday.

Yahoo.com

John Gibbons' 2016 Salary Now Guaranteed
Gibbons, 52, has guided the Blue Jays to a 462-472 record over parts of seven seasons.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Orioles Looking At Rasmus, Swisher
Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis both departed via free agency.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Blue Jays Interested In K-Rod, Trade Options For Closer
Casey Janssen worked the ninth inning for the Blue Jays the last three seasons but is now a free agent.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Cabrera Drawing Interest From Jays, Rays, Royals, Yankees
The 29-year-old infielder hit .241/.307/.387 in 616 plate appearances split between the Indians and Nationals in 2014.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Blue Jays Seeking Closer Via Trade
They will look at free agent relievers if a trade can't be worked out, but those options are decreasing.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Source: Melky Cabrera To Join White Sox
Melky Cabrera hit .301 in 139 games for the Jays last season.

ESPN.com

Jays Express Interest In Rizzo To Replace Beeston
The Blue Jays are actively searching for a replacement for Paul Beeston.

ESPN.com