Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

Jays To Extend Qualifying Offers To Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion

Oct 25, 2016 7:30 AM

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

Ross Atkins said the decision to extend qualifying offers to the sluggers is "about as easy a decision as we'll make."

"Those guys have had very good careers, have always hit right-handed and left-handed pitchers, and have been a huge part of this organization's success, especially in the last couple of years," Atkins said.

Associated Press

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

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Blue Jays Had Interest In Trading For Carlos Beltran At Deadline

Oct 24, 2016 7:05 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays had interest in acquiring Carlos Beltran from the New York Yankees prior to the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

"We saw Beltran over the years with the Yankees, and what a great hitter he was," John Gibbons said. "A clutch-type performer."

New York traded Beltran to the Texas Rangers.

Both in the American League East, the Yankees and Blue Jays haven't completed a trade since 2002.

Gerry Fraley/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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John Gibbons Will Manage Blue Jays In 2017

Oct 20, 2016 7:19 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have plenty of question marks ending the offseason, but manager isn't one of them.

John Gibbons will return to manage the club, Mark Shapiro said after the Blue Jays were eliminated by the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS on Wednesday night.

"There's a level of consistency with him in approach that is unflappable and I think that translates into toughness," Shapiro said. "He's the same guy and in a role like this, when people tend to go with the wind and get so impacted by the emotion that flies all around us, that stability, that strength and that toughness from a leader is a real asset."

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Twins Coveted Ben Cherington To Run Front Office

Oct 20, 2016 7:14 AM

The Minnesota Twins pushed hard to hire Ben Cherington to run their front office.

Instead, Cherington took a job with the Toronto Blue Jays in September. Cherington isn't the lead decision-maker in Toronto, but can have a more normal life.

Cherington, who was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox from October 2011 to August 2015, is Toronto's vice president of baseball operations.

Evan Drellich/Boston Herald

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Andrew Miller Becomes Fourth Reliever To Win ALCS MVP

Oct 20, 2016 7:01 AM

Andrew Miller was named MVP of the ALCS after he helped lift the Cleveland Indians to the World Series for the first time since 1997.

The Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in five games with Miller striking out 14 of the 26 batters he faced in the series. Miller allowed just three hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and earned a save in Game 3.

"At this point of the year, you just find a way. That's all that matters. It's about winning," Miller said. "I would have given up 100 runs if we won 101-100. That's all that matters is we're going to the World Series, and that's a special experience and I can't wait."

Miller became just the fourth reliever ever to win the award, joining Dennis Eckersley (1988), Mariano Rivera (2003) and Koji Uehara (2013).


Tags: Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Personal Award

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Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees Early Possibilities For Edwin Encarnacion

Oct 19, 2016 4:37 PM

Edwin Encarnacion is headed for free agency and figures to be coveted after another productive season.

The Boston Red Sox seem like the most likely landing spot for Encarnacion with the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers as possibilities as well.

Encarnacion hit .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and and league-leading 127 RBI in 702 plate appearances.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

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

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Blue Jays Unlikely To Outbid Competitors To Re-Sign Jose Bautista

Oct 19, 2016 4:30 PM

Jose Bautista will be a free agent this winter and seems unlikely to receive the $150 million payday he once sought.

Jon Heyman writes "there is still little belief the Jays will outbid others to keep him."

Bautista, 36 on Wednesday, hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 517 plate appearances during the regular season.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

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

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Trevor Bauer Leaves Game 3 Start With Bloody Finger

Oct 18, 2016 6:54 AM

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.

Six relievers combined to record 25 outs for the Cleveland Indians, who took a 3-0 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS with a 4-2 victory at Rogers Centre.

"I'm a competitor, man. I want to be out there," Bauer said. "I wouldn't have gone out there if I didn't want to be out there. It was my turn to pitch, and I expected myself to go deep in the ballgame, like I always do."

Bauer gashed his finger while doing routine maintenance on a drone last week in Cleveland and had his scheduled start pushed back from Game 2. He says his finger hadn't bleed for a few days.

"When I went out there and got to the mound, I couldn't believe how much it was bleeding," Terry Francona said. "I can't believe he hid it for the two pitches. I mean, it was on the dirt, it was on the rubber. And Brian Gorman looked at me and said, 'He can't pitch.' I was like, 'I know that.'"

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Injury

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Jose Bautista Complains Blue Jays Were Victims Of 'Circumstances'

Oct 17, 2016 7:51 AM

Game 3 of the ALCS has some extra juice after Jose Bautista complained that the Toronto Blue Jays were victims of "circumstances" in the first two games of the series against the Cleveland Indians.

Bautista was implying that the umpires in the first two games in Cleveland were biased against Toronto's hitters.

"All you have to do is go look at video and try to count the number of pitches they have thrown over the heart of the plate," the slugger said. "It hasn't been many. They've been able to do that because of the circumstances -- that I'm not trying to talk about because I can't. That is for you guys to do, but you guys don't really want to talk about that either."

A social media editor for the Indians used the team's verified Twitter account to pounce on the quote, sending out a photo of Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen with the caption "circumstances."

Kluber started ALCS Game 1 for the Indians, Tomlin started Game 2, and Miller and Allen appeared in relief in both games.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

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Indians May Pitch Corey Kluber On Short Rest In Game 4

Oct 16, 2016 12:40 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that he plans to go "game by game'' with his pitching rotation for the rest of the American League Championship Series. That appears to include the possibility of bringing back staff ace Corey Kluber on short rest in a Game 4 on Tuesday in Toronto.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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

Blue Jays Hoping Francisco Liriano Can Return For Game 2
Francisco Liriano is on track to rejoin the Blue Jays for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday after a bullpen session went well on Thursday.


Blue Jays Might Consider Four-Year Offer For Edwin Encarnacion
The Blue Jays only offered Edwin Encarnacion a two-year deal with a pair of options during the spring, but his strong 2016 campaign might push them to increase their offer.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip
After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

Jeff Sullivan/ESPN

Danny Salazar Unlikely To Be On Cleveland's ALCS Roster
The Indians aren't expected to have Danny Salazar on their roster for the ALCS against the Blue Jays.

Associated Press

Blue Jays Sweep Rangers, Advance To ALCS
The Blue Jays beat the Rangers by the score of 7-6 in 10 innings on Sunday.

Blue Jays Replace Francisco Liriano With Danny Barnes
Francisco Liriano suffered a concussion in the Blue Jays' win over the Rangers in Game 2.

Blue Jays Ride Five-Run Third Inning To Game 1 Win Over Rangers
The Blue Jays defeated the Rangers 10-1 in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday afternoon thanks to a huge third inning.

RealGM Staff Report

Andrew Miller: Buck Showalter 'Knows What He's Doing'
Andrew Miller, one of Buck Showalter's former relievers, strongly defended the manager after he failed to use Zach Britton in the Orioles' Wild Card loss to the Blue Jays.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Toronto Police Identify Beer-Throwing Fan As Local Writer
Toronto police have identified the fan that threw a beer can at Hyun soo Kim during a routine fly ball during Tuesday night's American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Blue Jays Fan Throws Beer Can At Hyun Soo Kim During Fly Ball
The Orioles were enraged after a fan threw a beer can onto the field as Hyun Soo Kim caught the final out in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' win in the American League Wild Card Game at Rogers C

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Buck Showalter On Not Using Zach Britton: 'It Didn't Work Out'
Zach Britton warmed up three times: in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Edwin Encarnacion's Walk-Off Home Run Sends Blue Jays To ALDS
With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning on Tuesday night, Edwin Encarnacion hit a walk-off, three-run home run to send the Blue Jays past the Orioles and into the ALDS.

Jim Caple/ESPN

Jays Beat Red Sox, Will Host O's In AL Wild-Card Game
The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox by the score of 2-1 on Sunday to clinch the AL's top wild-card spot.

Blue Jays Name Paul Beeston President Emeritus
Paul Beeston will hold the position "in perpetuity."

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Blue Jays Hire Ben Cherington As VP Of Baseball Operations
Cherington oversaw the Red Sox when they won the 2013 World Series.

Alykhan Ravjiani/MLB

Josh Donaldson To Have MRI On Right Hip
Josh Donaldson wasn't in the lineup on Wednesday for the third straight day.

Associated Press

Rick Porcelllo First To Win 20-Games
A milestone win for Rick Porcello over the Blue Jays gives the Red Sox a two game lead in the AL East.

Jays DFA Aaron Loup, Recall Bo Schultz
Aaron Loup gave up three earned runs on Friday.

Canadian Press

Jays Send Prospect To White Sox For Dioner Navarro
The Blue Jays have sent minor league lefty Colton Turner to the White Sox.