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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Blue Jays To Sign Randy Wolf

Mar 17, 2015 8:46 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with Randy Wolf.

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

The 38-year-old tossed 25 2/3 innings last year for the Miami Marlins, posting a 5.26 ERA with 6.7 K/9 against 2.1 BB/9.

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

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Sneeze Sidelines Jays' Kevin Pillar

Mar 15, 2015 6:59 PM

Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is being sidelined by a sneeze, according to an report.

Pillar is expected to miss a week to 10 days with an oblique strain sustained while sneezing on Saturday morning.

Pillar, who is in contention for a starting spot, said he sneezed and felt a sharp pain in his right side, but opted not to tell team trainers about it until after he was pulled in the fifth inning of Toronto's win over the Yankees.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Saunders Enjoying 'Miracle' Recovery With Blue Jays

Mar 13, 2015 7:33 AM

Michael Saunders, who tore his meniscus during the first week of training camp, is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

The Toronto Blue Jays initially expected the outfielder to miss the first half of the season, but now an April return isn't out of the question.

"It's ... kind of a miracle," John Gibbons said.

Saunders took batting practice in Dunedin, Florida and worked on agility drills again Thursday.

Mark Zwolinski/Toronto Star

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Aaron Sanchez Likely To Fill Spot In Toronto's Rotation

Mar 12, 2015 7:42 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have a hole to fill in their rotation in the wake of Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury.

Aaron Sanchez may be the leading candidate to fill the hole. He was expected to compete with Marco Estrada and Daniel Norris for the final two spots on the staff.

"Our plan for Sanchez was always the same," Alex Anthopoulos said. "I think it certainly gives him a better opportunity to start but we still have Estrada being stretched out, still have Norris being stretched out, still have the remainder of camp.

"I think we still continue down that path, but there's no doubt about it, there's another opportunity there with Stroman being down."

There had been a feeling around camp that Sanchez was headed for the bullpen once the season began.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Encarnacion Out 4-5 Days With Back Inflammation

Mar 11, 2015 10:13 AM

Edwin Encarnacion will likely be sidelined for four to five days because of back inflammation.

Encarnacion felt a little tightness after Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and had a precautionary MRI on Monday night.

"We're checking it today to see what I have," Encarnacion said. "It's something I want to make sure it's right. ... I want to do that before I continue my work."

The two-time All-Star hit .268 with 34 homers and 98 RBIs in 128 games last season.

Associated Press

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Stroman Has Torn ACL, Out For Season

Mar 10, 2015 4:41 PM

Marcus Stroman has a torn ACL and will miss the 2015 season, the Toronto Blue Jays have announced.

Stroman, 23, went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA last season as a rookie and figured prominently in the team's plans this year.

Alex Anthopoulos said Stroman was participating in bunting practice when he was called off by third baseman Josh Donaldson. Stroman planted his feet to stop, then felt a pop in his knee. An MRI confirmed the tear.

Associated Press

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays Sign Dayan Viciedo

Mar 1, 2015 6:02 PM

The Blue Jays boosted their outfield depth Sunday, signing Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract and saying he might be able to earn a spot at another position.

The 25-year-old Viciedo hit 21 home runs for the White Sox last season while batting .231 with 58 RBIs, according to an report.

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Blue Jays Sign Johan Santana

Feb 27, 2015 9:59 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Johan Santana to a Minor League contract.

Santana, who turned 36 in March, hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2012. He has had two surgeries on his left shoulder in recent years.

Associated Press

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Papelbon Interested In Possible Trade To Blue Jays

Feb 26, 2015 4:40 PM

Jonathan Papelbon made some interesting comments Thursday when asked about a potential trade from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Milwaukee Brewers have re-signed Francisco Rodriguez, removing one potential landing spot for Papelbon, who has said that he'd prefer to pitch for a winner.

The Toronto Blue Jays have also been linked to the right-hander.

“Yes, Toronto, interests me -- if it interests Ruben [Amaro]," he said. "I know some of the guys on their coaching staff. They're a good team. If Ruben can do a deal with them, I'd be interested."

Papelbon is making $13 million this season and has a vesting option for $13 million for 2016.

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

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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.

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Navarro Still Wants Blue Jays To Trade Him
Dioner Navarro has wanted a trade since the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin.

Associated Press

Josh Donaldson Loses Case, Gets $4.3M
Third baseman Josh Donaldson had sought $5.75 million from the Blue Jays.

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Blue Jays Moving To Natural Grass By 2018
The Blue Jays have signed an agreement with the University of Guelph to provide research on bringing natural grass to Rogers Centre in time for the 2018 season.

Associated Press

Brewers Still Discussing Papelbon; Blue Jays Are Long Shots
The Brewers continue to discuss a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade with the Phillies.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Yoan Moncada Wants To Sign Quickly
Yoan Moncada, cleared to sign with a Major League club earlier this week, is eager to begin his career in the United States.

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Nationals Reportedly Add Casey Janssen
Casey Janssen has signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Nationals, according to reports.


Phillies Discussing Papelbon With Blue Jays, Brewers
Both the Blue Jays and Brewers are in need of a closer, but Jonathan Papelbon's salary has been a sticking point.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Blue Jays Extend Beeston Through 2015 Season
Toronto had made overtures to Dan Duquette of the Orioles and Kenny Williams of the White Sox.

Associated Press

Blue Jays End Pursuit Of Dan Duquette
The Blue Jays have broken off talks with the Orioles for Dan Duquette after refusing to part with Jeff Hoffman and two other top prospects as compensation.

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Brewers In Talks To Acquire Papelbon
Milwaukee is on Jonathan Papelbon's no-trade list, but that doesn't rule out a swap if the reliever feels he has a better chance to win.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Blue Jays Closing In On Deal For Duquette
The Blue Jays and Orioles are nearing a deal that would send executive Dan Duquette to Canada, according to sources.


Orioles Will Receive 'Substantial' If Duquette Goes To Blue Jays
If the Blue Jays are able to wrestle Dan Duquette away from the Orioles, his incumbent club will receive "substantial" compensation.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Angelos: Duquette Won't Be Leaving Orioles For Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have expressed interest in acquiring executive Dan Duquette from the Orioles, but managing partner Peter Angelos says that won't happen.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Blue Jays, Orioles Discussing Duquette Trade
The Orioles and Jays have discussed a compensation package that would allow Dan Duquette, currently Baltimore's executive VP of baseball operations, to become Toronto's president and CEO.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Diamondbacks Reach Out To Jays About Navarro
Dioner Navarro has been mentioned in trade rumors since Toronto signed Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Market For Axford Picking Up, Blue Jays Interested
The Blue Jays are one of four clubs believed to be pursuing John Axford.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Blue Jays Aren't Negotiating With Shields
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has reported that Toronto may enter the fray if the right-hander's price drops.

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