Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

A's Trade Jesse Chavez To Jays For Liam Hendriks

Nov 21, 2015 1:23 AM

The A's have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Blue jays for fellow pitcher Jesse Chavez.

Hendriks became a full-time reliever for the first time with Toronto last season and went 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 58 appearances.

Chavez has spent the past two seasons as a swingman with the A's and went 7-15 with a 4.18 ERA in 30 games this year, including 26 starts.

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Blue Jays Prioritizing Starting Rotation

Nov 20, 2015 7:25 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have already re-signed Marco Estrada, but they will continue to prioritize their starting rotation.

"We've got to keep going. We're going to stay focused on that," interim general manager Tony LaCava said. "We're talking to other free agents and we're also engaged with some teams in terms of trying to see if there's any trades out there that can help us."

There is still at least one more spot open in the starting rotation, which is expected to also include R.A. Dickey and Marcus Stroman.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

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

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Josh Donaldson Named AL MVP

Nov 19, 2015 9:21 PM

Josh Donaldson has been named the American League MVP, becoming the first Toronto Blue Jays player to win the award in 30 years.

Donaldson got 23 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who won the award last season, got the seven other first-place votes and finished second for the third time. Kansas City Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was third.

A fifth-year third baseman, Donaldson led the American League in RBIs with 123 and was third in the AL with 41 home runs. His 8.8 WAR was the third-best in the majors.


Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Blue Jays, Dodgers, Yankees Ask About Indians' Starters

Nov 19, 2015 8:18 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are among the clubs that have inquired with the Cleveland Indians about their starting pitching.

The framework of the deals would send a young, controllable pitcher away in exchange for an everyday outfielder.

According to reports, Brett Gardner's name has come up in talks while Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar appear to be the most likely Cleveland pitchers on the move.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays, Estrada Make $26M Deal Official

Nov 13, 2015 8:33 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have officially announced a two-year, $26 million deal with Marco Estrada.

Estrada ended the 2015 season with a 3.13 ERA in his 181 innings.

He had been considering the one-year qualifying offer from the Blue Jays.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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

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Blue Jays Nearing Two-Year Deal With Estrada

Nov 13, 2015 5:54 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are nearing a two-year deal with Marco Estrada, according to a report.

If agreed to, the contract is believed to be worth between $24 million and $29 million.

The Blue Jays issued Estrada a qualifying offer, meaning he can accept a one-year, $15.8 million deal.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

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

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Blue Jays Discussing Long-Term Deal With Estrada

Nov 12, 2015 8:20 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are discussing a multi-year deal with Marco Estrada in advance of Friday's deadline for the pitcher to accept or decline the one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer.

“We'd love to have him back," interim general manager Tony LaCava said. "He was a big part of our success this year."

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

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Report: Blue Jays Preparing Offer For Greinke

Nov 11, 2015 8:15 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays like Zack Greinke more than David Price and are preparing an offer for the right-hander, according to Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio.

The Blue Jays feel there is less risk involved with signing Greinke.

Steve Phillips/MLB Network Radio

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Price Primed For $200 Million Contract, Blue Jays Won't Be In Play

Nov 9, 2015 8:07 AM

David Price is expected to receive a contract of around seven years and north of $200 million this offseason as perhaps the most coveted free agent on the market.

The Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have already been linked to the left-hander.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that the Toronto Blue Jays won't be in play to re-sign him, no matter what other reports indicate.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays Exercise Options On Bautista, Encarnacion, Dickey

Nov 3, 2015 7:08 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have exercised 2016 options on the contracts of Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and R.A. Dickey.

They also declined an option on Maicer Izturis.

Toronto will pay $1 million to buy out Izturis, who was limited to 118 games over three seasons. His option price was $3 million.

Associated Press

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

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Shapiro Denies Reports He Scolded Anthopoulos For Dealing Prospects
Mark Shapiro and newly-minted interim general manager Tony LaCava met with the media in Toronto on Monday.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Blue Jays Will Retain Gibbons As Manager
There were some questions about his future following the departure of general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Jays Offered Alex Anthopoulos Five-Year, $10M Extension
Alex Anthopoulos was also offered an early opt-out in his contract, likely after one year.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Anthopoulos No Longer Felt Blue Jays Were 'Right Fit'
Alex Anthopoulos left the Blue Jays on Thursday, the same day he was named the Executive of the Year by his peers.

Associated Press

Anthopoulos Won't Return To Blue Jays In 2016
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has turned down a multiyear extension offer and is leaving the club, according to multiple reports.


Anthopoulos: Blue Jays Will 'Be In The Game' To Re-Sign Price
David Price is expected to sign a six- or seven-year deal at $25-$30 million annually.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Alcides Escobar Named ALCS MVP
Royals leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar went 11-for-23 against the Blue Jays in the ALCS.

David Price Available Out Of Bullpen For Game 5
David Price is scheduled to start Game 6 if the Royals don't wrap up the series at Rogers Centre.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Pennington Becomes First Position Player To Pitch In Postseason
With the Royals leading 12-2 in the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday night, the Blue Jays sent Cliff Pennington to the mound.

Michael Clair/MLB

Roberto Osuna Can't Throw Slider Due To Injury
Roberto Osuna has not been able to throw his slider, his strikeout pitch, because of a broken nail embedded in the middle finger of his pitching hand.

Marly Rivera/ESPN

Royals To Start Chris Young In Game 4
Ned Yost admitted that he was deciding between Chris Young and Kris Medlen for the start.

Andy McCullough/Kansas City Star

Edwin Encarnacion To Play In Game 2 Of ALCS
Edwin Encarnacion underwent an MRI before deciding to DH on Saturday in Game 2.

Blue Jays Are Favorites To Win World Series
The Blue Jays will open the American League Championship Series on Friday night as the favorite among the four remaining teams to win the World Series.

David Purdum/ESPN

Mark Buehrle Undecided On Retirement
Mark Buehrle has not decided whether he'll retire or return to pitch another season.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Rogers Centre Peppered With Beer Cans After Controversial Call
Things got ugly at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night after a controversial, but correct, call in the deciding Game 5 between the Rangers and Blue Jays.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Rangers' Dyson Upset Over Bautista's Bat Flip
Sam Dyson wasn't happy with the dramatic bat flip Jose Bautista employed after hitting a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning in Game 5 of Wednesday night's ALDS.


Teams Set Record With 21 Home Runs On Monday
The 61 total runs scored Monday also set a postseason record.


Bautista Critical Of MLB's Replay System
Jose Bautista thought his throw had caught Rougned Odor off second base.

Yankees Unlikely To Sign David Price, Yoenis Cespedes
Signing David Price for at least $30 million per year would be another $45 million annually for the Yankees.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Troy Tulowitzki Returns To Jays' Lineup For First Time Since Sept. 12
Troy Tulowitzki cracked his scapula and bruised muscles in his upper back after colliding with teammate Kevin Pillar.


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