Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

Blue Jays Name Paul Beeston President Emeritus

Sep 20, 2016 7:46 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have named long-time executive Paul Beeston president emeritus.

Beeston will hold the position "in perpetuity."

He announced his retirement as the organization's president and CEO in the fall of 2015.

"This is simply a small token of recognition for the nearly four decades he's given the game," Mark Shapiro said in the press release. "We felt it was right to honor the legacy he has built and ensure he's a part of the future successes of this team."

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Blue Jays Hire Ben Cherington As VP Of Baseball Operations

Sep 14, 2016 4:08 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have hired Ben Cherington as vice president of baseball operations.

"Cherington will impact every aspect of baseball operations, with an emphasis on player development, and will work closely with Gil Kim, director, player development," the Blue Jays said in the announcement.

Cherington oversaw the Boston Red Sox when they won the 2013 World Series.

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Josh Donaldson To Have MRI On Right Hip

Sep 14, 2016 4:05 PM

Josh Donaldson will have an MRI on his ailing right hip, the Toronto Blue Jays have announced.

Donaldson wasn't in the lineup on Wednesday for the third straight day. He jammed his hip stepping on first base on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox.

He was stuck in an 0-for-23 slum with seven strikeouts when he suffered the injury.

Associated Press

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury

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Rick Porcelllo First To Win 20-Games

Sep 10, 2016 2:30 AM

A milestone win for Rick Porcello gave the Red Sox some breathing room atop the AL East.

Porcello pitched seven innings to become the first 20-game winner in the majors, Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer and the Red Sox increased their AL East lead to two games by routing the Blue Jays 13-3 on Friday night.

ESPN.com

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Jays DFA Aaron Loup, Recall Bo Schultz

Aug 27, 2016 1:47 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have designated Aaron Loup for assignment to recall Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo.

Loup gave up three earned runs on Friday.

"It’s out of necessity," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "Got a little beat up out there."

The Jays would like to keep Loup.

Canadian Press

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

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Jays Send Prospect To White Sox For Dioner Navarro

Aug 27, 2016 12:28 AM

The Blue Jays have added depth at catcher for the stretch run by re-acquiring veteran switch-hitter Dioner Navarro from the White Sox.

The Blue Jays sent minor league left-hander Colton Turner to Chicago in Friday's waiver deal. Navarro is likely to be the backup in Toronto behind Russell Martin.

ESPN.com

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Blue Jays Made Play For Joey Votto Last Summer

Aug 26, 2016 8:17 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays made a play to try and acquire Joey Votto from the Cincinnati Reds last summer.

Jon Heyman notes that they might have continued to pursue Votto had they not shuffled their front office.

The Blue Jays were willing to add Votto on top of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, which would have made the 2015 lineup even more star-studded.

Votto is a native of Toronto.

There was plenty of work to be done to complete a deal, according to sources. Toronto would have wanted Votto's 10-year, $225 million contract paid down significantly and it isn't known how much, if any, the Reds would have agreed to remain responsible for.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Trade Rumor

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Edwin Encarnacion Accused Of Battery By Woman

Aug 24, 2016 4:13 PM

Edwin Encarnacion is facing a civil suit from a woman who claims that he knowingly infected her with sexually transmitted diseases, according to TMZ.

The Toronto Star has also reported on the story.

Encarnacion's representatives have strongly denied any wrongdoing and there is no indication either that a criminal investigation relating to the claims is being pursued, or that Major League Baseball will undertake its own investigation into the matter.

TMZ

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Jays Option Aaron Sanchez To Class-A To Limit Innings

Aug 21, 2016 2:04 PM

Aaron Sanchez is being sent to the minor leagues as Toronto skips a start to limit his innings.

Toronto optioned the 24-year-old right-hander to Class A Dunedin on Sunday. The Blue Jays plan to recall him to start against the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 31.

Sanchez is 12-2 with a 2.99 ERA, fifth-best in the American League. He has made 24 starts and thrown a career-high 156⅓ innings. He likely will not pitch in the minors.

"We've talked a lot about this over the year," Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said. "Not just over the last month, but as good as Aaron has become, we all along thought at some point we'll have to manage his workload. That's what this is about. He'll come right back in the rotation."

ESPN.com

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Blue Jays Shuffle Scouting Department Leadership

Aug 18, 2016 7:52 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have made significant changes to the top of their scouting department.

Scouting director Brian Parker and national crosschecker Blake Davis have been let go.

Parker has been with the Blue Jays since 2009 and took the seat atop the amateur scouting group in 2012. Davis has a history not only in scouting, but also as an agent.

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Josh Donaldson Brushes Off Dustup With John Gibbons
Josh Donaldson and John Gibbons had an uncomfortable encounter in the dugout during Thursday's game between the Blue Jays and Yankees following a strikeout.

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M's Acquire Bullpen Help In Trades With Pirates, Jays
Both deals that the Mariners made on Saturday were for players to be named later.

ESPN.com

Aaron Sanchez Will Be Part Of Toronto's Six-Man Rotation
The Blue Jays are keeping Aaron Sanchez in the starting rotation as part of a six-man rotation going forward.

ESPN

Troy Tulowitzki Suffers Broken Right Thumb
Troy Tulowitzki was hit on the right hand by a 93-mph fastball during a loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

ESPN.com

Nationals Have Asked Blue Jays About Jose Bautista
The Nationals have called the Blue Jays to ask about the availability of Jose Bautista, reports Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Barry Svrluga/Washington Post

Blue Jays Acquire Joaquin Benoit From Mariners For Drew Storen
Both Drew Storen and Joaquin Benoit entered the season as setup men, but struggled and lost their jobs.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Blue Jays Reportedly Agree To Acquire Melvin Upton, Jr.
Melvin Upton is earning $15.45 million this season and has one more year at $16.45 million remaining on his deal.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Jays Sign Justin Smoak To Two-Year Extension
The Blue Jays signed Justin Smoak to a two-year deal worth $4.125M per season.

ESPN.com

MLB 'Looking Into' Big Papi Breaking Tampering Rules
After Tuesday night's All-Star Game, David Ortiz lobbied for the Red Sox to go after Jose Fernandez and Edwin Encarnacion.

ESPN.com

Blue Jays, Edwin Encarnacion No Longer Discussing Extension
Edwin Encarnacion says the two sides "do not talk anymore about" a possible deal.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

A's Ryan Madson Drawing Trade Interest
A number of teams, including the Blue Jays, Nationals, and Cubs, are looking for bullpen help.

San Francisco Chronicle

Edwin Encarnacion Drops Appeal Of Suspension
Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion sat out Sunday's game against the Tigers.

ESPN.com

MLB Suspends Edwin Encarnacion One-Game
Edwin Encarnacion is eligible to play while he appeals the penalty.

ESPN.com

Indians Beat Jays In 19th Inning For 14th Straight Win
Carlos Santana homered off Jays infielder Darwin Barney in the 19th inning on Friday.

ESPN.com

John Gibbons Safe For Now, May Not Return For 2017
John Gibbons is believed to be safe as manager of the Blue Jays, but it seems like a long shot that he'll be brought back for 2017.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Braves Trade Jason Grilli To Blue Jays
The Braves have traded Jason Grilli to the Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Sean Ratcliffe.

RealGM Staff Report

Jose Bautista: 'I'd Be Stupid To Leave' Toronto
Jose Bautista won't discuss a new contract with the Blue Jays until after the season, but the outfielder hasn't ruled out re-signing with the club.

Tom Verducci/SI

Jose Bautista: Rougned Odor 'Was Looking For A Fight'
Having served his one-game suspension, Jose Bautista is still weighing in on this month's on-field dust up with Rougned Odor.

ESPN

Joe Girardi Compares Luis Severino To Roy Halladay
The Yankees have sent Luis Severino to Triple-A to regain the form he showed in a brief Major League stint last season.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN