Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

Blue Jays Showing Strongest Interest In Jeff Samardzija

Jul 27, 2015 8:39 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays are showing the strongest interest of any team looking at Jeff Samardzija.

The San Francisco Giants have also recently checked in on Samardzija.

It was reported last week that the Chicago White Sox have become "increasingly willing" to move Samardzija, who is owed $9.8 million this season and will become a free agent this winter.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals Have Interest In Kimbrel

Jul 27, 2015 3:40 PM

The San Diego Padres have gotten calls from the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals about reliever Craig Kimbrel.

The Astros, however, are concerned with the money Kimbrel is owed going forward.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays, Indians Nearly Completed Carlos Carrasco Trade

Jul 27, 2015 7:13 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to hunt for pitching as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

They are still in talks with the San Diego Padres about both starters and relievers.

Toronto nearly completed a trade with the Cleveland Indians for Carlos Carrasco recently. Carrasco could have been a long-term fix for the Blue Jays. He's signed through 2018 with team options for the next two seasons.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays Don't Have Interest In Latos, But May Consider Haren

Jul 22, 2015 3:04 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have been linked to a few of the pitchers the Miami Marlins might deal before next week's non-waiver trade deadline, but the seriousness of their interest varies.

It has been reported that Toronto likes Mat Latos, but Jerry Crasnick reports that they have no interest in Latos, but might consider dealing for Dan Haren.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Trade Market For Papelbon Appears To Be Cooling

Jul 22, 2015 2:55 PM

It might suddenly become harder for the Philadelphia Phillies to trade Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon, who has expressed a desire to be traded multiple times, is no longer being actively pursued by the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, according to sources.

Earlier this month, those three clubs were considered the most likely to deal for the closer.

"Several sources have confirmed that the Phillies were so close to moving Papelbon last month that they were telling teams to make their best offer. Then they abruptly pulled back, apparently to wait for the hiring of Andy MacPhail as their next team president," writes Jayson Stark.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays Sign Joba Chamberlain To Minor League Deal

Jul 22, 2015 6:44 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Joba Chamberlain to a Minor League contract.

Chamberlain, 29, was released by the Detroit Tigers on July 10.

In 30 games with the Tigers this season, the right-hander was 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA. He had 15 strikeouts in 22 innings.

ESPN

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

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Blue Jays Have 'Strong Interest' In Mike Fiers

Jul 20, 2015 4:43 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays are showing "strong interest" in acquiring Mike Fiers from the Milwaukee Brewers.

No deal is close and the Brewers aren't especially motivated to move the right-hander.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

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Teams Scouting Toronto's Pitching Prospects

Jul 9, 2015 4:23 PM

Two of the best pitching prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays' system started in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

The San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics scouted Jeff Hoffman, who pitched for Single-A Dunedin, according to sources.

The Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Reds, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs saw Daniel Norris for Triple-A Buffalo.

The most likely option for a trade may be San Diego, who has young pitchers to trade and could even move Craig Kimbrel.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Phillies May Have Been Close To Papelbon Trade In June

Jul 9, 2015 7:50 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies were close to dealing Jonathan Papelbon last month before ending talks, according to other Major League clubs.

The belief is that Ruben Amaro, Jr. decided to pull back on trading Papelbon with Andy MacPhail's hiring close.

The Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers and one of the Los Angeles teams are rumored to have engaged in talks with the Phillies.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays Open To Dealing From Major League Roster

Jul 8, 2015 3:47 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays are open to dealing from their Major League roster in order to fortify their pitching staff.

"We're looking to add and it's hard to take away from the big-league club," Alex Anthopoulos told Sportsnet's Tim & Sid Show.

"I was on the phone with one team (prior to coming on the show) and I mentioned that we may need to be creative. As much as we don't want to take away from the current 25, we bounced around some ideas and concepts. That's not the path we want to go down but if we can't seem to get what we want from a prospect standpoint we'll need to open it up and be creative, similar to what Oakland and the Red Sox did last year with Jon Lester and (Yoenis) Cespedes. We're open to doing something like that as well."

Jeff Simmons/Sportsnet

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Blue Jays Sign Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.
The 16-year-old is the son of 2004 American League MVP Vladimir Guerrero.

Associated Press

Encarnacion Achieves 10 And 5 Rights With Blue Jays
Edwin Encarnacion has 10 years of service time in the big-leagues, the last five with the same team.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Astros, Blue Jays Are Front-Runners For Samardzija
The White Sox have disappointed this season and Jeff Samardzija is expected to be discussed in trades this summer.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Red Sox Inquired About Donaldson, Were Told He Wasn't Available
The Red Sox inquired about Josh Donaldson before signing Pablo Sandoval last offseason, according to the Boston Herald.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Blue Jays Will Be Active On Pitching Market
The Blue Jays may be able to win the American League East if they acquire pitching.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Johan Santana Suspends Comeback Bid
Johan Santana, 36, will try again in 2016 to pitch in the majors.

ESPN.com

Prince Fielder Joins Dad In 300-Homer Club
Prince Fielder homered in the first inning Friday night to join dad Cecil in the 300-homer club.

ESPN.com

Marco Estrada Makes History With Consecutive No-Hit Bids
Marco Estrada retired the first 22 batters he faced for the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon, following up another no-hit bid in his previous start.

Elias Sports Bureau

Gibbons Praises Donaldson, Martin As 'Uniters' With Blue Jays
A pair of offseason additions, Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin, have been praised for Toronto's success.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
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.

RealGM Staff Report

Blue Jays, Cubs Have Discussed Papelbon With Phillies
The Phillies are prepared to trade Jonathan Papelbon and have discussed the closer with the Blue Jays and Cubs, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

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

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