Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

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.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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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.


Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Legal

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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."

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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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.

John Manuel/Baseball America

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Josh Donaldson Brushes Off Dustup With John Gibbons

Aug 18, 2016 7:36 AM

Josh Donaldson and John Gibbons had an uncomfortable encounter in the dugout during Thursday's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees following a strikeout.

Donaldson threw his bat toward the bench, which earned him a talking to from Gibbons. He went right back at his manager until his teammates began to hold him back.

"Hit my bat against the thing, Gibby asked me what kind of cologne I was wearing," Donaldson jokingly told reporters. "I said it's this new cologne called Tom Ford I just got. He's like, 'Really?' So he got kinda close to me I guess got a good whiff of it and it's like, 'Hey man back up,' so I was like, 'I'll give you some after the game,'so we were separated."

Jackson Alexander/ESPN

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M's Acquire Bullpen Help In Trades With Pirates, Jays

Aug 6, 2016 6:54 PM

The Seattle Mariners bolstered their bullpen by acquiring right-hander Arquimedes Caminero from Pittsburgh and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte from Toronto in a pair of trades Saturday.

Both deals Seattle made were for players to be named later. Seattle will be sending two players to Pittsburgh for Caminero and one to Toronto for Venditte. The Mariners announced Venditte would report to Triple-A Tacoma, while Caminero will report to Seattle.

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

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Aaron Sanchez Will Be Part Of Toronto's Six-Man Rotation

Aug 5, 2016 8:22 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are keeping Aaron Sanchez in the starting rotation as part of a six-man rotation going forward.

The team had discussed shifting Sanchez to the bullpen in an effort to limit his innings.

On Monday, the Blue Jays had said Sanchez would transition to the bullpen after the addition of Francisco Liriano from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"The biggest thing is input from different people after something was more concrete, or closer to it, and the fact that Francisco Liriano was so open to everything," Ross Atkins said.

"Then the more we thought about the potential of a six-man rotation not just benefiting Aaron but benefiting the others in the rotation at this point in the season."


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Troy Tulowitzki Suffers Broken Right Thumb

Jul 31, 2016 10:56 PM

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was taken out of Sunday's loss to Baltimore two innings after he was hit on the right hand by a 93-mph fastball from Orioles starter Chris Tillman in the sixth.

Manager John Gibbons said Tulowitzki suffered a broken thumb. The Blue Jays will wait for the swelling to go down before deciding whether to place him on the disabled list.

"A little sore, it obviously got me pretty good,'' Tulowitzki said. "It's blown up.''

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.


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

Jays Place Troy Tulowitzki On DL With Quad Strain
Troy Tulowitzki was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

MLB Reduces Rougned Odor's Suspension By One Game
Rougned Odor's eight-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista has been reduced to seven games by Major League Baseball, according to a source and multiple reports.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

John Gibbons Ejected For Fourth Time This Season
John Gibbons was ejected for the fourth time this season on Sunday night in the Blue Jays' 3-1 victory over the Twins.


Blue Jays Bat Jose Bautista Leadoff For First Time In Six Years
In an attempt to jump-start their struggling offense, the Blue Jays batted Jose Bautista leadoff on Thursday night for the first time since 2010.