Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

Source: Melky Cabrera To Join White Sox

Dec 14, 2014 12:22 PM

The White Sox have found an upgrade in left field by agreeing with free agent Melky Cabrera, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com. 

News of the agreement was first reported by Chicago sports talk station WSCR 670-AM.

The 30-year old Cabrera batted .301 with 81 runs scored in 139 games for the Blue Jays last season, hitting 16 home runs with 73 RBIs.

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Tags: Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jays Express Interest In Rizzo To Replace Beeston

Dec 13, 2014 10:00 PM

The Blue Jays have expressed interest in Mike Rizzo, the Nationals president of baseball operations and GM, as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO, two industry sources told ESPN.com.

ESPN.com

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays Pursuing Greg Holland

Dec 8, 2014 1:09 PM

Greg Holland can be had for a high price and the Toronto Blue Jays are pursuing him.

Holland had a 1.44 ERA for the Kansas City Royals, converting 46 of 48 save opportunities in 65 games.

The right-hander struck out 90 and walked 20 in 62.1 innings.

Holland earned $4.675 million and is eligible for salary arbitration.

Bob Elliott/Toronto Sun

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays Seek Replacement For CEO Paul Beeston

Dec 7, 2014 12:59 PM

The Blue Jays' ownership is actively seeking a replacement for Paul Beeston, the team's longtime president and CEO, and sources say their search is at the point where it is identifying replacements and reaching out to other teams in cases where they need permission to talk to targets.

One of the candidates who has been discussed is Dan Duquette, currently the GM of the Orioles.

ESPN.com

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Mariners Trade Saunders To Blue Jays For Happ

Dec 3, 2014 7:19 PM

The Seattle Mariners have traded Michael Saunders to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for J.A. Happ, according to a source.

Seattle had been looking to trade Saunders since the end of the season.

Happ, 32, went 11-11, with a 4.22 ERA, in 28 starts for the Blue Jays this year.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays, Reds, Royals In Mix For Melky Cabrera

Dec 3, 2014 3:56 PM

The Kansas City Royals have been in contact with Melky Cabrera as they look for offense, although he may prove to be too expensive.

The Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays have also shown interest in Carbera, while the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox are contenders as well.

Cabrera hit .301 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI this past season. The 30-year-old is said to be seeking at least a five-year deal.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Lawrie Blames Toronto's Turf For Injuries

Dec 2, 2014 6:34 PM

Brett Lawrie believes he missed so many games while with the Toronto Blue Jays because of the artificial turf at the Rogers Centre.

Lawrie has missed 184 games since the start of the 2012 season.

Traded to the Oakland Athletics last month, he is looking forward to running around on real grass and real dirt next season.

"It treats my body kind of silly and throws it off," Lawrie said of the artificial turf. "I just want to go out and be healthy, and I feel like this getting off the turf is a big step forward for me."

ESPN

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Executive: Robertson Has $39M Offer On Table

Dec 1, 2014 9:38 AM

David Robertson has a three-year, $39 million offer on the table, according to a rival executive.

The New York Yankees hope to re-sign the closer, but they don't want to go to four years and Robertson may be waiting for such an offer.

The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays are two clubs that are in need of a closer this offseason.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jays Acquire Josh Donaldson From A's For Four Players

Nov 29, 2014 1:13 AM

The Oakland Athletics have traded Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for four players.

For Donaldson, the A's will receive third baseman Brett Lawrie, right-hander Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto.

Donaldson told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was playing video games when his agent texted him about the trade.

"I'm so shocked," Donaldson told the newspaper. "I just got off the phone with [general manager] Billy Beane, and I guess they got an offer that they couldn't resist. I'm definitely a little emotional about it. Oakland is my home. At the end of the day, it's a business, as much as it hurts emotionally. The guys in that clubhouse are my brothers."

Beane considers both pitchers ready for the majors.

"They had been pretty persistent, and we were pretty adamant that wasn't something we were willing to talk about," Beane said of dealing Donaldson. "We wouldn't have done the deal unless it addressed now and the future, and they were able to do that. This deal in our minds addresses a little bit of everything. It got pretty serious the last 48 hours. They were reluctant to give up all four players, and we weren't going to do it without those four players in the deal."

According to wins above replacement, only Mike Trout has been more valuable than Donaldson over the past two seasons.

ESPN

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

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Blue Jays Discussing Jay Bruce Internally

Nov 25, 2014 9:01 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have discussed the possibility of targeting Jay Bruce internally, according to a report.

The Cincinnati Reds are shopping Bruce, who is owed $12 million next season and $12.5 million in '16 with a $13 million club option for '17.

Bruce is a .251 career hitter with 182 homers in seven Major League seasons.

Cash Kruth/MLB

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Orioles View Melky Cabrera As 'Fallback Option'
If the Orioles can't re-sign Nick Markakis, they view Melky Cabrera as a "fallback option," according to sources.

Roch Kubatko/MASN Sports

Padres Make Pablo Sandoval 'Competitive Offer'
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Padres have presented the highest offer for Pablo Sandoval.

MLB.com

Agent: Sandoval Will Decide Next Week
Free-agent Pablo Sandoval will take the weekend to decide on his baseball future.

ESPN.com

Report: Red Sox Offer Sandoval Five-Year, $95M Deal
The Giants, Padres, and Blue Jays also have interest in Pablo Sandoval.

ESPN.com

Little Separation On Offers Sandoval Has Received
The Red Sox, Giants and Padres are believed to be the third baseman's most aggressive suitors.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Blue Jays Call Sandoval Speculation 'Misinformation'
Alex Anthopoulos tried to deflect rumors on Thursday that the Blue Jays are trying to make another big splash in free agency by signing Pablo Sandoval.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Anthopoulos Worked Harder To Sign Martin Than Ever Has For Free Agent
Alex Anthopoulos was thrilled that the Blue Jays were able to sign Russell Martin, who he worked hard to court as a free agent.

Associated Press

White Sox Considering Pursuit Of Melky Cabrera
The Mariners and Orioles might also make sense for Cabrera.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Blue Jays Pursuing Torii Hunter
Toronto may need an outfielder because they aren't overly confident they'll be able to re-sign Melky Cabrera.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Navarro Seeks Trade From Blue Jays
Three teams have already shown interest in Dioner Navarro.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Report: 90 Percent Chance Red Sox Sign Sandoval
Dennis O'Donnell of KPIX in San Francisco put the other 10 percent towards the Blue Jays, not the Giants.

Dennis O'Donnell/KPIX

Mariners Made Strong Push For Russell Martin
The Mariners were among the finalists to sign Russell Martin, who eventually agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays.

Anthony Castrovince/MLB

Jays Were Only Team To Offer Martin Fifth Year
That was the difference maker, along with the $82 million they offered the veteran catcher.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Toronto Interested In Lester, Miller
The Blue Jays are one of the six teams in the market for Jon Lester, even after signing Russell Martin.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Jays Agree Upon Five-Year $82M Deal With Russell Martin
The Blue Jays have agreed upon a five-year deal with Russell Martin.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Cubs Appear To Be Front-Runners For Martin
Russell Martin could receive a deal in the four-year, $64 million range on the open market.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Padres Have Interest In Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Sandoval is due to visit Boston this week, though no exact day has been set yet.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Yankees, Blue Jays Have Inquired About Howie Kendrick
The Angels remain open to trading Howie Kendrick, but a deal is not guaranteed.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Jays Deal Gose To Tigers For Devon Travis
Anthony Gose hit only .226 last season in 94 games with the Blue Jays, but the Tigers are hopeful the 24-year-old will fill a need in center field.

Associated Press

Russell Martin To Meet With Four Teams
Martin is drawing interest from the Cubs, Dodgers, Pirates and Blue Jays.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago