Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

Mets, Giants, Jays Candidates To Trade For Reliever

Apr 30, 2016 9:16 PM

The New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays are three clubs likely to improve their bullpen via trade as the season progresses.

While the Mets have received strong innings from their relievers, the bullpen of the Giants and Jays have struggled.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jose Bautista Prepared To Take Less Than $150M

Apr 30, 2016 1:15 PM

Jose Bautista reportedly is seeking a five-year, $150 million extension with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bautista is prepared to take less than $150 million, but he wouldn't take less than $100 million.

Bautista turns 36 this October and currently has an OPS of .911.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Chris Colabello Insists He Didn't Knowingly Take Banned Substance

Apr 27, 2016 8:11 AM

Chris Colabello says he is still trying to figure out how a banned substance found its way into his urine sample.

Collabelo, who was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Friday, also says the only supplements he takes are certified and provided to him directly by the Toronto Blue Jays strength and conditioning staff.

"I would never, have never and will never compromise the integrity of baseball. Ever. In my life," Colabello said. "And whether that means taking a performance enhancing supplement -- I just wouldn't do it. I don't do it. I haven't done it. I won't do it."

Colabello has gone to extreme lengths to figure out how this could have happened, and that he'll continue searching until he finds an answer.

"I've never called into question the science. That's not my intent," he says. "There's no denying that my urine sample had this DHCMT-M4 metabolite in it. I don't deny that.

"They found a trace amount of metabolite in my urine stream. And that's the only thing I know for a fact. I don't know where it came from. I'm still trying to figure out how it got there. It's all I can do."

Arden Zwelling/Sportsnet.ca

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays

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MLB Suspends Jays' Chris Colabello 80 Games

Apr 23, 2016 1:45 AM

Blue Jays outfielder/first baseman Chris Colabello was suspended 80 games without pay for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced on Friday.

Colabello's positive test for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid that is sold under the name Turinabol, was a violation of MLB's joint drug prevention and treatment program. His suspension is effective immediately.

ESPN.com

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Blue Jays, Michael Bourn Agree To Minors Deal

Apr 22, 2016 2:51 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a Minor League contract with Michael Bourn.

Bourn, 33, was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves late in Spring Training and then released.

He is in the final season of a four-year, $48 million contract that he signed with the Cleveland Indians heading into the 2013 season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor

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Ubaldo Jimenez Has Been Dominant Against Blue Jays

Apr 20, 2016 3:58 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have three of the most feared hitters in the game, but Ubaldo Jimenez has owned Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion recently.

The trio combined for 120 home runs last season and Donaldson was named the American League MVP.

Jimenez thrived against the Blue Jays last year, going 3-1 with a 2.55 ERA, thanks in large part to his continued dominance over Toronto's big three.

Heading into Wednesday night's game between Baltimore and Toronto, Donaldson, Bautista and Encarnacion have a combined .127 lifetime batting average against Jimenez, with just one home run in 79 at-bats.

Here is a breakdown of their career lines:

Donaldson: 2-for-17 (.118) 0 HR, 2 RBIs

Bautista: 2-for-30 (.067), 0 HR, 0 RBI

Encarnacion: 6-for-32 (.188), 1 HR, 3 RBIs

"I've been fortunate enough that the days I've pitched against them, I've had all my stuff," said Jimenez, searching for an explanation. "Just executing whatever the catcher is calling back there."

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Stats

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Steven Wright Sends Gift To Chris Colabello After Beaning

Apr 18, 2016 4:43 PM

Steven Wright sent a gift to Chris Colabello after the pitcher plunked the first baseman with a fastball to the helmet on Sunday.

"Steven decided that he was going to send over a gift," Colabello said, showcasing a large bottle of liquor.

"He didn't have to," he said. "I'm sure that's not cheap, too."

Wright was visibly upset on the mound, took off his hat and chatted with Colabello when he made his way to first.

"It's just more of a token of saying I'm sorry," Wright said. "I didn't really want it to be a public thing because it was really between me and him.

"I know it's not a necessary thing. The gift was more for me than it was for him to kind of ease it for myself for what happened."

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays

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Robert Osuna Becoming More Comfortable With Changeup

Apr 12, 2016 5:00 PM

It's early in the season, but Robert Osuna may start throwing his changeup more often this season.

Osuna often tipped the pitch last year by slowing down his arm speed, according to Russell Martin.

"It's crazy," the Toronto Blue Jays catcher said. "He's getting better, man. You can see the progression, and it's a fast progression."

The Blue Jays named Osuna their closer again despite trading for Drew Storen.

"I was really impressed with his changeup in spring training last year," Martin added. "But he would slow his arm speed down just a hair, and that was the thing, so we kind of got away from it because everything else was so good. We didn't really have to go there.

"But guys with big leg kicks, the changeup kind of throws their timing off a little bit, and he's got a good one. I like the changeup—it's a swing-and-miss pitch when you use it with that exploding fastball. It used to be fastball-changeup were his best pitches and now the slider has gotten much better, and his fastball jumps. So yeah, he's definitely getting better."

Osuna threw his slider and changeup each 14 percent of the time last season, according to FanGraphs.

John Lott/Vice Sports

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John Gibbons Discusses Tuesday's 'Dresses' Remark

Apr 6, 2016 2:24 PM

John Gibbons caused a bit of a stir when he suggested his Toronto Blue Jays should wear "dresses" after a tough loss on Tuesday night that came in part as a result of the application of Major League Baseball's new rule on illegal slides.

Gibbons was upset when Jose Bautista was called for runner interference during the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss. The Blue Jays appeared to have taken a 4-3 lead on the play but instead two runs came off the board, and afterward the manager said "maybe we'll come out wearing dresses tomorrow. Maybe that's what everybody's looking for."

A day later, Gibbons didn't understand the uproar in the wake of his comments.

"It was meant as a little humor," Gibbons said. "My mom, my wife, my daughter found it kind of funny. They know me. I do think the world needs to lighten up a bit. So, I'll move on from that.

"I cannot understand how that would offend anybody, to be honest with you, if it doesn't offend my mother, my daughter and my wife, who have a great understanding of life."

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays

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Utley Rule Overturns Call To Give Rays Win

Apr 6, 2016 7:46 AM

Major League Baseball's new "Chase Utley rule" loomed large in the Tampa Bay Rays' win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a grounder to third. After taking a throw from Evan Longoria for the force at second, Logan Forsythe made an errant relay to first that appeared to allow the go-ahead run to score for the Blue Jays.

Kevin Cash asked for a replay review, claiming Jose Bautista violated the so-called "Utley rule" governing slides on potential double plays.

Replay umpires in New York ruled Bautista's slide was not directly into the bag and that it illegally hindered Forsythe. The call was changed to a game-ending double play that preserved Tampa Bay's victory.

"It turned the game into a joke," John Gibbons said. "That's flat embarrassing. That cost us a chance to win a major league game."

Associated Press

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Game Recap

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Extension Talks Between Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays Likely Done
The possibility of a contract extension between the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion appears to be over.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Blue Jays Name Roberto Osuna Closer
Drew Storen, acquired via trade with the Nationals, was in the running for the job.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Blue Jays Claim Jesus Montero, Name Aaron Sanchez Fifth Starter
Aaron Sanchez was locked in a battle with Gavin Floyd and Drew Hutchison for Toronto's final spot.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Roberto Osuna Would Prefer To Pitch Out Of Bullpen
Roberto Osuna says he would prefer to pitch out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays, who see him as a starter in the not so distant future.

John Lott/Vice Sports

Troy Tulowitzki Leaves Game With Bruised Hand
The Blue Jays received a scare on Wednesday when Troy Tulowitzki left the team's spring training game after being hit by a pitch on the right hand.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Marcus Stroman To Start Opener For Blue Jays
The Blue Jays will send Marcus Stroman to the mound for their April 3 opener against the Rays.

Associated Press

Blue Jays, John Gibbons Agree On Contract Restructure
John Gibbons' new contract includes a pay raise and guarantees through the 2017 season.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Brad Penny Retires; Rafael Soriano May Walk Away
Blue Jays pitcher Brad Penny informed manager John Gibbons on Friday.

ESPN.com

Extension Talks Between Blue Jays, Edwin Encarnacion Ended Over Length
Recently reported extension talks between the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion didn't advance very far.

Enrique Rojas/ESPN

Blue Jays, Randy Choate Agree To Minors Deal
Randy Choate will compete for a job in a Blue Jays bullpen that is currently without fellow left-hander Aaron Loup.

Sweeny Murti/WFAN

Jose Bautista Seeking $30M-Plus Annually, Deal Into His 40s
Jose Bautista is seeking a contract with the Blue Jays that will take him into his forties and is worth more than $30 million annually, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Maicer Izturis Retiring After 11 MLB Seasons
Maicer Izturis, hindered by injuries in recent years, was in Toronto's spring training camp on a minor league contract.

AP

Edwin Encarnacion, Jays Open Extension Talks
Edwin Encarnacion is one of 10 pending free agents on the Blue Jays roster and along with Jose Bautista, among the most critical.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet.ca

Walt Weiss Takes Issue With Troy Tulowitzki's 'Country Club' Comment
Troy Tulowitzki said prefers his new spring training home with the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida, to the 140-acre complex that the Rockies and the Diamondbacks share in Arizona.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Report: Jose Bautista Seeking More Than $150M
In the wake of Jose Bautista's denial that he is seeking a contract extension of five years and $150 million, two reports claim the Blue Jays outfielder is actually looking for a larger deal.

Richard Griffin/Toronto Star

Domonic Brown Signs With Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have signed Domonic Brown to a Minor League contract.

Associated Press

Report: Bautista Seeking $150M From Blue Jays
Jose Bautista said Monday that he gave the club a "number" on what it would take to re-sign him.

TSN

Medical Snag Delays Three-Team Trade Involving Jay Bruce
A three-team trade between the Reds, Blue Jays and Angels centered around Jay Bruce hit a snag on Monday night during the review of medical reports, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Bautista Has Given Blue Jays 'Number,' Won't Budge
Jose Bautista says that he has given the Toronto Blue Jays "a number" on what it would take to sign him to an extension and he isn't willing to negotiate further.

ESPN

Encarnacion, Blue Jays Haven't Discussed Extension
Edwin Encarnacion can become a free agent after the 2016 season, but the slugger hasn't yet discussed a possible extension with the Blue Jays.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports