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Blue Jays Claim Ben Rowen From Cubs

Aug 3, 2015 7:36 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Ben Rowen off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Toronto then assigned Rowen to Triple-A Buffalo.

Signed to a Minor League deal by the Los Angeles Dodgers this winter, Rowen was traded from L.A. to the Baltimore Orioles in the trade that sent a Competitive Balance draft pick and Ryan Webb to the Dodgers. Despite outstanding numbers, the O's didn’t feel they had a roster spot for Rowen, and he was released from his contract, after which he inked a minors pact with the Cubs.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor, Waiver

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Athletics Claim Danny Valencia From Blue Jays

Aug 3, 2015 7:33 PM

The Oakland Athletics have claimed Danny Valencia off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Valencia was claimed from outright waivers as opposed to revocable trade waivers, so no trade will need to be worked out.

The 30-year-old was a casualty of Toronto's trade deadline activity. They designated him for assignment late last week in spite of excellent numbers at the plate. The right-handed-hitting Valencia is hitting .296/.331/.506 with seven homers in 173 trips to the plate this season.

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Volquez Calls Donaldson 'A Little Baby'

Aug 3, 2015 7:40 AM

Benches cleared in Sunday's game between the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays.

The dugouts and bullpens emptied in the eighth inning when Toronto reliever Aaron Sanchez was ejected for hitting Kansas City's Alcides Escobar on the thigh.

The teams had been going back-and-forth since Edinson Volquez hit Josh Donaldson on the left shoulder in the first.

Volquez didn't mince words when asked whether Donaldson overreacted to being hit and to a pair of later pitches that were up and in.

"He's a little baby," Volquez said. "He was crying like a baby."

Donaldson and Volquez traded stares and words as the hitter took a slow walk to first base after being hit. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf warned both dugouts.

When Donaldson batted again in the third, Volquez missed high and inside with a pitch that sailed to the backstop. John Gibbons came out to argue but Volquez was not ejected.

"Our guy loses a two-seamer and hits a guy in the knee when we've had four balls thrown at our neck the entire day and our guy gets ejected, it just doesn't seem proper," Donaldson said.


Tags: Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Trade Ben Revere To Blue Jays

Jul 31, 2015 3:17 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Ben Revere from the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a report.

Revere is expected to play left field for the Blue Jays and could hit first.

He is controllable through arbitration through 2017.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays Add Mark Lowe From Mariners

Jul 31, 2015 1:29 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays will acquire Mark Lowe from the Seattle Mariners, according to a report.

Seattle will get three Minor League players from Toronto in the deal.

Lowe has a 1.00 ERA, 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings and a 36.5 ground ball rate for Seattle this season.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays To Acquire David Price

Jul 30, 2015 11:48 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are set to acquire David Price from the Detroit Tigers, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Toronto will send Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to Detroit for Price.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays, Rangers Aren't Progressing On Gallardo Trade

Jul 30, 2015 11:44 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers aren't progressing in trade talks involving Yovani Gallardo.

Gallardo is reportedly more of a "fallback" option for Toronto.

The Rangers are reportedly looking for a right-handed bat in a trade.

T.R. Sullivan/

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Five Teams Show Initial Interest In David Price

Jul 30, 2015 7:08 AM

The Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees are among the teams to show initial interest in David Price now that the Detroit Tigers are accepting offers.

Detroit declared themselves sellers on Wednesday afternoon.

The Tigers have leverage in talks with Johnny Cueto and Cole Hamels now off the market.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers

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Blue Jays, Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees Were Waiting For Price To Hit Market

Jul 29, 2015 4:14 PM

The Detroit Tigers are now in sell-mode, which adds elite starter David Price to the trade market.

The Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees are among the teams that were hoping Price would become available.

In the wake of reports that Price is available, the San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros have also been linked to the left-hander.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: Blue Jays Considering Mike Leake

Jul 29, 2015 2:08 PM

Mike Leake of the Cincinnati Reds is one of the starting pitchers the Toronto Blue Jays are considering, according to sources.

Toronto is looking for the best trade in terms of pitcher and acquisition cost.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Troy Tulowitzki 'Blindsided' By Trade To Blue Jays
"I felt like I got blindsided a bit. I thought I was in the loop, in the conversation," Troy Tulowitzki told The Denver Post.


Sources: Cardinals Discussed Tulowitzki With Rockies
St. Louis could have played Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop, Johnny Peralta at third and Matt Carpenter at first base.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Jays, Rockies Began Discussing Tulowitzki During Offseason
While the trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays came as a surprise, it may have been in the making for quite some time.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Blue Jays Working On Trade For Starter; Ian Kennedy An Option
The Blue Jays are currently working on a trade for a starting pitcher.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Craig Kimbrel Linked To Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals, Yankees
The Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals and Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in trading for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rockies Don't Have Deal In Place To Move Jose Reyes Elsewhere
The Rockies don't currently have another trade in place to move Jose Reyes, who they acquired from the Blue Jays as part of the Troy Tulowitzki swap.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Rockies Won't Pay Portion Of Tulowitzki's Contract In Trade
No money is changing hands between the Rockies and Blue Jays other than the differences in the contracts involved in the Troy Tulowitzki trade.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rockies Trade Troy Tulowitzki To Blue Jays For Jose Reyes
Troy Tulowitzki is owed $113.7M through 2020, and would receive a $2M bonus for being traded.

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

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals Have Interest In Kimbrel
The Astros, however, are concerned with the money Craig Kimbrel is owed going forward.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Blue Jays, Indians Nearly Completed Carlos Carrasco Trade
Carlos 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

Blue Jays Don't Have Interest In Latos, But May Consider Haren
The Blue Jays have been linked to a few of the pitchers the Marlins might deal before next week's non-waiver trade deadline, but the seriousness of their interest varies.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Trade Market For Papelbon Appears To Be Cooling
Jonathan Papelbon, who has expressed his desire to be traded multiple times, is no longer being actively pursued by the Blue Jays, Cubs and Dodgers, according to sources.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Blue Jays Sign Joba Chamberlain To Minor League Deal
Chamberlain, 29, was released by the Tigers on July 10.


Blue Jays Have 'Strong Interest' In Mike Fiers
No deal is close and the Milwaukee Brewers aren't especially motivated to move the right-hander.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Teams Scouting Toronto's Pitching Prospects
Jeff Hoffman and Daniel Norris both pitched for Toronto's Minor League affiliates on Tuesday.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Phillies May Have Been Close To Papelbon Trade In June
The Phillies were close to dealing Jonathan Papelbon last month before ending talks, according to other Major League clubs.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Blue Jays Open To Dealing From Major League Roster
The Blue Jays are open to dealing from their Major League roster in order to fortify their pitching staff.

Jeff Simmons/Sportsnet

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

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