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Blue Jays Will Be Active On Pitching Market

Jun 29, 2015 8:13 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays will be active on the pitching market, according to Alex Anthopoulos.

"We still need to make upgrades in the rotation and the bullpen, that goes without saying," Anthopoulos said. "I'd love to land both. What we come away with or don't come away with, I have no idea. Clearly we're looking to be active. We're looking to add and make the club a lot better."

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Johan Santana Suspends Comeback Bid

Jun 27, 2015 1:43 PM

Johan Santana has suspended his bid to pitch in the majors and will try again in 2016, a source told ESPN.com.

Santana has been dealing with a toe infection and became resigned that he would not have sufficient time to ramp up this season to pitch in the majors once that issue is resolved.

Santana, 36, signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays in February.

ESPN.com

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Prince Fielder Joins Dad In 300-Homer Club

Jun 27, 2015 12:58 AM

Rangers slugger Prince Fielder has joined his dad Cecil in the 300-homer club, making them the second father-son duo to reach the plateau along with Barry and Bobby Bonds.

Prince Fielder homered in the first inning of the Rangers' loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night.

ESPN.com

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Marco Estrada Makes History With Consecutive No-Hit Bids

Jun 24, 2015 5:18 PM

Marco Estrada retired the first 22 batters he faced for the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon, following up another no-hit bid in his previous start.

Estrada is the first Major League pitcher to take a no-hitter into the eighth inning in consecutive starts since Dave Stieb, also with Toronto, did so in 1988 -- both times with two outs in the ninth and two strikes on the batter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The right-hander has a 3.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 73 innings this season.

Elias Sports Bureau

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Gibbons Praises Donaldson, Martin As 'Uniters' With Blue Jays

Jun 18, 2015 3:34 PM

A recent hot streak has the Toronto Blue Jays just a few games out of first place in the American League East.

A pair of offseason additions, Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin, have been praised for Toronto's success.

"I saw it the first couple of days of spring training -- that there's something different about these two," John Gibbons said. "We had heard these guys are winners. But you want to see it for yourself, and we could see it early on.

"They're both kind of uniters. There's a lot of stuff going on in our clubhouse now that you used to see back in my playing days -- a lot of ribbing and guys cutting each other up. I'm not sure we've had that here in the past. Maybe more in a malicious way, but now it's in good fun. These guys have loosened things up and helped this team focus."

Martin, who signed a five-year, $82 million deal as a free agent, leads Major League catchers with 40 runs scored and is second in OPS at .864 and Wins Above Replacement at 2.5.

Donaldson, who came over from the Oakland Athletics in a deal for Brett Lawrie and three Minor Leaguers, has 54 runs scored, is fourth in wins above replacement at 3.9 and fifth in total bases with 148.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.

 

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Blue Jays, Cubs Have Discussed Papelbon With Phillies

Jun 10, 2015 9:30 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies are prepared to trade Jonathan Papelbon and have discussed the closer with the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs, according to a report.

Nothing is imminent, but the Phillies are willing to pay a significant portion of Papelbon's salary if it means getting better prospects in return.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but overall position players were a hot commodity.

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players

Jun 9, 2015 10:18 AM

The first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft was nearly split between college and high school players.

Nineteen of the 36 selections, which included several compensation picks, were out of college. If you include Brady Aiken, who was pitching for IMG Academy before undergoing Tommy John surgery, there were 17 high school players selected in Monday night's first round.

College players dominated the top 10. Seven landed among first 10 players drafted.

 

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Blue Jays Targeted Zach Duke This Past Offseason
The Blue Jays tried to sign Zach Duke this past offseason, but the reliever ended up reaching a deal with the White Sox.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Should Blue Jays Consider Dealing Bautista Or Encarnacion?
If the Blue Jays want to make a playoff push, Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes they should try to trade Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion in exchange for pitching.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Johnny Cueto Attracts 20 Scouts For Start
With Johnny Cueto on the mound for the Reds on Thursday night, as many as 20 scouts showed up to watch him.

Hal McCoy/Dayton Daily News

Blue Jays Place Michael Saunders On DL
The Blue Jays have recalled Steve Tolleson from Triple-A Buffalo.

ESPN.com

Pirates Acquire Jayson Aquino From Jays For Cash
The Pirates acquired pitcher Jayson Aquino from the Jays on Sunday and optioned him to Single-A Bradenton.

Press Release

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

Blue Jays Hitting Coach Suspended 14 Games
Brook Jacoby has been suspended 14 games for his postgame conduct toward the umpires following an April 29 game at Boston.

ESPN

Blue Jays Demote Miguel Castro To Triple-A
The rookie right-hander, who has a team-high four saves, allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings in a mop-up role Sunday.

ESPN

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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Blue Jays Release Ricky Romero
Ricky Romero, 30, was in the final season of a five-year contract with the Blue Jays.

ESPN.com

Jose Bautista Could Be Headed To DL
Jose Bautista could be headed to the disabled list with a sore shoulder after making an ill-advised throw earlier this week.

ESPN

Bautista Out For A Few Days With Shoulder Strain
Jose Bautista reportedly aggravated the injury throwing to first base. He had been playing through the injury.

Tom Dakers/Blue Bird Banter

Jose Reyes To Miss At Least Three Games
Jose Reyes has a strained left oblique and will miss at least the next three games for the Blue Jays.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

MLB 'Keeping An Eye' On New Turf At Rogers Centre
The new turf is very soft and ground balls have been dying in the infield rather than bouncing.

John Lott/National Post

Brett Cecil Out As Toronto's Closer
The move comes after Brett Cecil blew a save against the Yankees on Wednesday night, retiring just one of the four batters he faced.

Associated Press

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Dickey Decreasing Knuckleball's Velocity
R.A. Dickey believes that when he tries to increase the speed of the pitch, it bothers his mechanics.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

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