Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

Blue Jays Resume Contract Talks With Jose Bautista

Dec 6, 2016 9:03 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have resumed talks with Jose Bautista on a potential contract, according to numerous reports.

The Blue Jays had previously shown little interest in resuming talks with Bautista.

The Cleveland Indians have also shown interest in Bautista, which may have rekindled Toronto's pursuit.

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

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Edwin Encarnacion Currently Prefers Signing With Blue Jays, Red Sox

Dec 6, 2016 8:35 AM

Edwin Encarnacion is currently focused on three teams in free agency -- the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and a third team, according to a source.

The Red Sox are looking to replace David Ortiz, but aren't believed to have serious interest in Encarnacion given his price tag. In addition, the Blue Jays have already signed Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce.

Rob Bradford reports that the third club is not the New York Yankees.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays Sign Steve Pearce To Two-Year, $12.5M Deal

Dec 5, 2016 4:44 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million deal.

Pearce, who had forearm surgery in September, hit 13 home runs in 302 plate appearances this past season.

The Boston Red Sox are now the only American League East club that Pearce hasn't been employed by.

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

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Dexter Fowler, Blue Jays Apart In Talks; Cardinals Remain Possibility

Dec 5, 2016 8:40 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays and Dexter Fowler are "apart" in talks on a contract, according to a report.

Fowler is also being courted by the St. Louis Cardinals, who remain a possibility, and was linked to the San Francisco Giants recently as well. He is reportedly seeking a deal worth $18 million annually.

He hit .276/.393/.447 in 551 plate appearances with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs this past season.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays Interested In Dexter Fowler

Dec 2, 2016 7:44 AM

The San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays are believed to be interested in Dexter Fowler, according to a report.

Fowler's camp believes he can land a multi-year deal worth $18 million annually.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays Showing 'Strong Interest' In Dexter Fowler

Nov 30, 2016 8:52 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have "strong interest" in signing Dexter Fowler, according to a report.

If the Blue Jays land Fowler, they'll likely slide him into one of their corner outfielder spots. Kevin Pillar would remain in center.

Toronto has also been linked to Jay Bruce.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

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

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Edwin Encarnacion Expected To Agree To Deal Soon

Nov 30, 2016 8:41 AM

Edwin Encarnacion will likely agree to a contract later this week or early next week, according to agent Paul Kinzer.

Kinzer said the Toronto Blue Jays remain in the picture to re-sign his client and have been "showing Edwin the most love."

Three teams told Kinzer that they are waiting for the resolution of the collective bargaining negotiations before making a formal offer to Encarnacion. He added that two teams have already made "serious" offers.

Rick Westhead/TSN

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

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Blue Jays Offered Edwin Encarnacion Four-Year, $80M Deal

Nov 22, 2016 7:50 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays offered Edwin Encarnacion a four-year, $80 million contract before agreeing to a three-year, $33 million deal with Kendrys Morales.

Despite agreeing to terms with Morales, the Blue Jays are still interested in re-signing Encarnacion.

The four-year offer is a step up from the two-year deal Toronto offered Encarnacion in the spring.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

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

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Cardinals, Brett Cecil Agree To Four-Year, $30.5M Deal

Nov 19, 2016 7:48 PM

The Cardinals have reached an agreement with former Cecil, 30, went 1-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 54 games with Toronto last seasonBlue Jays reliever Brett Cecil on a four-year deal worth $30.5 million, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

The deal, which is pending a physical, was first reported Saturday by Yahoo! Sports.

ESPN.com

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Carlos Beltrain Drawing Interest From Astros, Jays, Red Sox, Yankees

Nov 16, 2016 7:58 AM

The Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are all showing interest in Carlos Beltran, according to a source.

The Texas Rangers were believed to be in the mix as well, but aren't currently.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays Looking For Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder
Josh Reddick and Dexter Fowler are possible options, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Blue Jays Make Three-Year Offer To Brett Cecil
Brett Cecil had a 3.93 ERA this past season, but averaged 11 strikeouts and just two walks per nine innings.

Jamie Campbell/Sportsnet

Red Sox Haven't Had Serious Discussions With Edwin Encarnacion
The Red Sox hadn't had serious discussions with Edwin Encarnacion's camp as of Sunday, according to Major League sources.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Lourdes Gurriel Agrees To Seven-Year Deal With Toronto
The Blue Jays have agreed to a seven-year, $22 million deal with Cuban defector Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., according to reports.

ESPN

Blue Jays, Kendrys Morales Agree To Three-Year, $33M Deal
The Blue Jays have agreed to sign Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract, according to multiple reports.

ESPN

Blue Jays Have Made Offer To Edwin Encarnacion
The Blue Jays have made an offer to Edwin Encarnacion, but it "wasn't quite where [Encarnacion's camp] wanted to be."

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Edwin Encarnacion Unlikely To Strike Quick Deal With Blue Jays
Despite an early push to re-sign him, it seems unlikely that the Blue Jays will strike a quick contract agreement with Edwin Encarnacion.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Qualifying Offers Down Significantly This Offseason
Only 10 players received a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer before Monday's deadline.

Associated Press

Blue Jays Have Had 'Fruitful' Discussions With Edwin Encarnacion
The Blue Jays are making a push to re-sign Edwin Encarnacion and the two sides have already have some "fruitful" contract discussions.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Jays To Extend Qualifying Offers To Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion
The Blue Jays expect to extend qualifying offers to potential free agents Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, but have yet to decide on Michael Saunders.

Associated Press

Blue Jays Had Interest In Trading For Carlos Beltran At Deadline
The Blue Jays had interest in acquiring Carlos Beltran from the Yankees prior to the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

Gerry Fraley/Dallas Morning News

John Gibbons Will Manage Blue Jays In 2017
The Blue Jays have plenty of question marks ending the offseason, but manager isn't one of them.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Twins Coveted Ben Cherington To Run Front Office
Ben Cherington, who was the general manager of the Red Sox from October 2011 to August 2015, is Toronto's vice president of baseball operations.

Evan Drellich/Boston Herald

Andrew Miller Becomes Fourth Reliever To Win ALCS MVP
Andrew Miller was named MVP of the ALCS after he helped lift the Indians to the World Series for the first time since 1997.

ESPN

Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees Early Possibilities For Edwin Encarnacion
Edwin Encarnacion is headed for free agency and figures to be coveted after another productive season.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Blue Jays Unlikely To Outbid Competitors To Re-Sign Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista will be a free agent this winter and seems unlikely to receive the $150 million payday he once sought.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Trevor Bauer Leaves Game 3 Start With Bloody Finger
Trevor Bauer was forced out of his Game 3 start after just four batters when blood began to drip out of his right pinkie finger.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Jose Bautista Complains Blue Jays Were Victims Of 'Circumstances'
Game 3 of the ALCS has some extra juice after Jose Bautista complained that the Blue Jays were victims of "circumstances" in the first two games of the series against the Indians.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Indians May Pitch Corey Kluber On Short Rest In Game 4
Terry Francona has said he plans to go "game by game" with his starting rotation.

ESPN.com

Indians Take Game 2, Lead ALCS 2-0
The Indians defeated the Blue Jays by the score of 2-1 on Saturday.

Yahoo.com