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Should Blue Jays Consider Dealing Bautista Or Encarnacion?

May 20, 2015 5:12 PM

If the Toronto 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.

Toronto, currently last in the AL East but less than five games back, is averaging a Major League-best 5.2 runs, but they also have the highest rotation ERA (5.29) in the game.

The Blue Jays added Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Devon Travis to their lineup this offseason and all three have provided strong returns.

"The lineup would be weakened without Bautista or Encarnacion, but far from weak, especially with Jose Reyes expected back from the DL soon, and Michael Saunders perhaps by the All-Star break," writes Sherman.

"However, the Jays might already have missed the window with Bautista. He gained 10-and-5 rights to waive any trade seven games into this season plus incurred a shoulder injury that currently has reduced him to a DH. Encarnacion earns 10-and-5 rights on July 3, so Toronto might have just six weeks to act."

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Johnny Cueto Attracts 20 Scouts For Start

May 15, 2015 7:55 AM

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

Cueto will be a free agent after the season. He could also be a trade candidate if Cincinnati falls out of the playoff race or looks to get something in return for the right-hander.

There were some very influential scouts in attendance to watch Cueto including Randy Smith, special advisor with the San Diego Padres, and Ed Lynch, professional scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hal McCoy/Dayton Daily News

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays Place Michael Saunders On DL

May 10, 2015 7:36 PM

The Blue Jays have placed outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation and selected utility player Steve Tolleson from Triple-A Buffalo.

Saunders went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup Saturday after sitting out the previous four games. 

ESPN.com

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Acquire Jayson Aquino From Jays For Cash

May 10, 2015 7:26 PM

The Pirates today acquired left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino from the Blue Jays for cash considerations. Aquino has been optioned to Single-A Bradenton. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President, GM Neal Huntington.

Aquino, who was designated for assignment on May 5, went 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA in five starts this season with Single-A Dunedin of the Florida State League.

The 22-year-old Aquino was originally signed by the Rockies as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2009. He entered the 2013 campaign rated as Colorado’s ninth-best prospect according to Baseball America.

Press Release

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

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

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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Blue Jays Hitting Coach Suspended 14 Games

May 5, 2015 7:34 AM

Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby has been suspended 14 games for his postgame conduct toward the umpires following an April 29 game at Boston.

After Russell Martin was called out on strikes by Adrian Johnson for the final out of Toronto's 4-1 loss, members of the Toronto coaching staff traded words with the umpiring crew as they left the field.

Jacoby first yelled at Johnson about the strike zone and then shoved umpire Doug Eddings, sources told the Toronto Sun.

"It didn't happen the way they said it did, I was there," Edwin Encarnacion told the Sun. "I heard the report said Brook pushed him against the wall. That didn't happen. There was just a lot of loud talking and yelling."

At Fenway Park, the umpires exit through the visitor's dugout and share a tunnel with the players to their respective locker rooms.

ESPN

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Blue Jays Demote Miguel Castro To Triple-A

May 4, 2015 4:56 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have demoted Miguel Castro to Triple-A after a rough start to the season.

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.

Castro has a 10.13 ERA with two losses and two blown saves over his past seven appearances.

He had replaced Brett Cecil as the team's closer last month, only to cede the job back to Cecil after his recent struggles.

ESPN

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

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 Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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Blue Jays Release Ricky Romero

Apr 25, 2015 5:39 PM

The Blue Jays have released left-hander Ricky Romero, a former All-Star, who has been slowed by knee injuries for several seasons.

The Blue Jays made the move Saturday.

The 30-year-old Romero was in the final season of a five-year deal. He had been working out at the Blue Jays' spring training complex in Dunedin.

ESPN.com

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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

Hutchinson To Start Opener For Blue Jays
Drew Hutchison will be the youngest Opening Day starter in franchise history.

Associated Press

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Blue Jays To Sign Randy Wolf
Wolf will earn $800,000 if he makes the Major League roster and has a June 1 opt-out in the contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Sneeze Sidelines Jays' Kevin Pillar
Kevin Pillar is expected to miss 7-10 days with an oblique strain.

Yahoo.com

Saunders Enjoying 'Miracle' Recovery With Blue Jays
Michael Saunders, who tore his meniscus during the first week of training camp, is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Mark Zwolinski/Toronto Star

Aaron Sanchez Likely To Fill Spot In Toronto's Rotation
The Blue Jays have a hole to fill in their rotation in the wake of Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Encarnacion Out 4-5 Days With Back Inflammation
Edwin Encarnacion felt a little tightness after Sunday's game against the Pirates and had a precautionary MRI on Monday night.

Associated Press

Stroman Has Torn ACL, Out For Season
Stroman, 23, went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA last season as a rookie and figured prominently in the team's plans for 2015.

Associated Press

Blue Jays Sign Dayan Viciedo
Dayan Viciedo hit 21 home runs for the White Sox last season.

ESPN.com

Blue Jays Sign Johan Santana
Santana, who turned 36 in March, hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2012.

Associated Press

Papelbon Interested In Possible Trade To Blue Jays
Jonathan Papelbon made some interesting comments Thursday when asked about a potential trade from the Phillies.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Saunders Trips On Sprinkler, Out Until Break
Michael Saunders stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls Wednesday, tearing cartilage in his left knee and sidelining him until the All-Star break.

Associated Press

Anthopoulos Has 'Pretty Good Relationship' With Beane
The Blue Jays and Athletics have agreed to a handful of trades in recent years.

Mike Bauman/MLB

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