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Shapiro: Blue Jays Couldn't Afford To Re-Sign David Price

Feb 10, 2016 7:06 AM

Toronto Blue Jays president/CEO Mark Shapiro was blunt when discussing the team's decision not to re-sign David Price this offseason.

"Every team has a budget," Shapiro told MLB Network Radio. "Every team has operating parameters. I don't know why it's not fashionable to just say the truth. David Price would've represented almost our entire offseason. It's that simple, Jim.

"Almost no one would make that decision. ... To me, it comes down to we had a very, very, very challenging pitching dilemma here in that we lost him, we lost [Marco] Estrada. We had zero Triple-A pitchers -- not one, not a name to fill our rotation in Triple-A. We had to take the money, which was ample, and figure out how to both solve the Major League rotation, which was two spots in the rotation, along with solving a depth challenge. ... Regardless of how great one pitcher is, you need to build a team around the guy, too."

Price signed a seven-year, $217 million deal with the Boston Red Sox.

Jim Bowden/MLB Network Radio

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

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Blue Jays, Donaldson Agree To Two-Year, $29M Deal

Feb 9, 2016 9:07 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a two-year, $29 million deal with American League MVP Josh Donaldson, according to a report by Sportsnet Canada.

The two sides had been scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Feb. 15.

Donaldson, 30, was acquired by the Blue Jays in a blockbuster trade with the Oakland Athletics in November 2014.


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

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Jesse Chavez Defeats Jays In Salary Arbitration

Feb 7, 2016 2:16 AM

Pitcher Jesse Chavez defeated the Blue Jays in salary arbitration, improving players to 3-0 this year in cases that went to hearings.

Chavez was awarded a $4 million salary on Saturday by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, who heard the case a day earlier. The Blue Jays argued the right-hander should be paid $3.6 million.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Jays Sign Gavin Floyd; Hire Eric Wedge As Advisor

Feb 7, 2016 2:11 AM

The Blue Jays have signed right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $1 million dollar contract.

A 12-year veteran who has also pitched for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta, Floyd made seven relief appearances with Cleveland last season, missing significant time with a fractured elbow for the second straight year. 

Also Saturday, the Blue Jays hired former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge as Player Development Advisor.

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

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Jays Explore Extensions For Bautista, Encarnacion

Feb 6, 2016 2:17 PM

Jose Bautista wants to play his entire career for the Blue Jays, and the team intends to explore an extension that could make that happen, sources told ESPN on Friday.

Bautista, 35, told the Canadian Press on Thursday that he would consider it "an honor" to finish his career with the Blue Jays.

"Fans-wise, city-wise, having the country behind us and every other aspect of being a Toronto Blue Jay player is something that I love," Bautista said. "Now, hopefully, that matches up with the new front office desire to win now, kind of like myself."

Sources told ESPN that the Blue Jays and Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, plan to begin negotiations about a potential extension during spring training. The sources also said the team expects to hold similar talks with the representatives for Edwin Encarnacion.

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Blue Jays Running Out Of Time To Extend Donaldson

Feb 5, 2016 9:30 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays haven't abandoned hope that Josh Donaldson can be signed to a contract extension before his arbitration case is heard later this month.

Arbitration dates are expected to remain confidential until a ruling is announced, but Donaldson's case will be heard before the start of Spring Training.

Donaldson submitted a figure of $11.8 million for arbitration while Toronto went with $11.35 million.

The 30-year-old remains under club control for three more years and he won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

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

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Rogers Centre Will Have Dirt Infield In Time For Season

Feb 5, 2016 6:12 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are installing a dirt infield at the Rogers Centre that will be ready for the 2016 season.

However, the Jays say it is too early to determine whether they would replace artificial turf with grass in some future season.

Work will begin next week to excavate about 12,000 square feet of concrete. The infield and baselines will be dug out to a depth of 12 inches and filled with layers of gravel, sand and clay.

Before last season, the Blue Jays installed AstroTurf 3D Xtreme, which plays much slower than traditional artificial surfaces.

Associated Press

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Mark Buehrle Hasn't Ruled Out Comeback

Feb 3, 2016 7:53 AM

Mark Buehrle doesn't plan to sign with a Major League club, but he isn't ready to officially retire from baseball either.

Buehrle wants to leave the door open for a potential comeback down the line.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

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Josh Donaldson Asking For Raise To $11.8M

Jan 16, 2016 3:05 PM

Josh Donaldson has filed for salary arbitration, asking for a huge raise to $11.8 million after winning AL MVP honors and leading the Blue Jays to the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

The Blue Jays offered $11,350,000 on Friday, the day sides were required to swap figures.

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Blue Jays Interested In Yovani Gallardo

Jan 15, 2016 8:55 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have been in contact with Yovani Gallardo, according to a report.

Mark Shapiro spoke highly of Gallardo during a radio interview with Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Wednesday.

"He's the kind of guy that would make us better. He's the kind of guy you'd like to have," Shapiro said. "Whether or not, from a resource perspective, we still have enough to make a move like that, I think that's still a variable that exists. But we do have some flexibility still. Thinking about how we use those resources is still a question."

Gallardo is tied to draft compensation after rejecting a $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers. The Blue Jays currently own the 26th overall selection in this June's Draft.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

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

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Blue Jays In Contact With Bautista, Encarnacion On Extensions
The Blue Jays have significant decisions to make soon with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion both only signed through this season.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Nationals Trade Storen To Jays For Revere
The Nats accommodated Drew Storen's request for a trade, sending him to the Blue Jays for Ben Revere.

Fernando Rodney In 'Active Talks' With Four Teams
Fernando Rodney is in "active talks" with multiple teams and the Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Cubs and Padres are all in the mix.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Mark Buehrle Isn't Planning On Pitching In 2016
Mark Buehrle isn't ready to announce his retirement, but he currently isn't planning on pitching in 2016, according to a report.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Encarnacion Setting Spring Deadline For New Contract
Edwin Encarnacion will prepare for free agency if no extension is worked out with the Blue Jays by the end of spring training, according to multiple sources.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Blue Jays To Name Ross Atkins GM
Atkins is currently the vice president of player personnel for the Cleveland Indians.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Report: Atkins, LaCava Finalists For Toronto's GM Job
Tony LaCava is currently the club's interim GM, while Ross Atkins is vice president of player development for the Indians.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

J.A. Happ Returns To Blue Jays
Free agent left-hander J.A. Happ agreed to a $36M, three-year deal with the Blue Jays on Friday.

A's Trade Jesse Chavez To Jays For Liam Hendriks
Liam Hendriks went 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 58 appearances for the Blue Jays last season.

Blue Jays Prioritizing Starting Rotation
The Blue Jays have already re-signed Marco Estrada, but they will continue to prioritize their starting rotation.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Josh Donaldson Named AL MVP
Josh Donaldson has been named the American League MVP, becoming the first Blue Jays player to win the award in 30 years.


Blue Jays, Dodgers, Yankees Ask About Indians' Starters
The framework of the deals would send a young, controllable pitcher away in exchange for an everyday outfielder.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Blue Jays, Estrada Make $26M Deal Official
The Blue Jays have officially announced a two-year, $26 million deal with Marco Estrada.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Blue Jays Nearing Two-Year Deal With Estrada
If agreed to, the contract is believed to be worth between $24 million and $29 million.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Blue Jays Discussing Long-Term Deal With Estrada
The Blue Jays are discussing a multi-year deal with Marco Estrada in advance of Friday's deadline for the pitcher to accept or decline the one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Report: Blue Jays Preparing Offer For Greinke
The Blue Jays like Zack Greinke more than David Price and are preparing an offer for the right-hander, according to Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio.

Steve Phillips/MLB Network Radio

Price Primed For $200 Million Contract, Blue Jays Won't Be In Play
David Price is expected to receive a contract of around seven years and north of $200 million this offseason as perhaps the most coveted free agent on the market.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Blue Jays Exercise Options On Bautista, Encarnacion, Dickey
They also declined an option on Maicer Izturis.

Associated Press

Shapiro Denies Reports He Scolded Anthopoulos For Dealing Prospects
Mark Shapiro and newly-minted interim general manager Tony LaCava met with the media in Toronto on Monday.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Blue Jays Will Retain Gibbons As Manager
There were some questions about his future following the departure of general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

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