Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

Jose Reyes To Miss At Least Three Games

Apr 17, 2015 7:34 AM

Jose Reyes has a strained left oblique and will miss at least the next three games for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Reyes sustained the injury on April 10 and has been trying to play through it.

"I was playing through it, but I feel like yesterday, and today, it kind of got worse," Reyes said after Thursday's game. "I kind of backed off a little bit, because that's dangerous."

This injury is on the left side of his body and only causes pain when he's hitting from the left side.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

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MLB 'Keeping An Eye' On New Turf At Rogers Centre

Apr 16, 2015 3:57 PM

Major League Baseball is monitoring the new artificial turf playing surface at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, according to a report.

The new turf is very soft and ground balls have been dying in the infield rather than bouncing.

According to a source, Major League Baseball is "keeping an eye" on the way the new surface affects play.

They aren't concerned, but are monitoring the situation the same way they would monitor any ballpark change that could impact play.

John Lott/National Post

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Brett Cecil Out As Toronto's Closer

Apr 9, 2015 8:18 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have removed Brett Cecil as their closer just two games into the season.

The move comes after Cecil blew a save against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, retiring just one of the four batters he faced.

"I talked to Cec today, told him, because he's down a little bit, he's not sharp," John Gibbons said. "So I told him that he could come in, in the seventh, eighth inning. If it ends up stacking up where he's the guy in the ninth, then so be it, but try to get him a little sharper."

Associated Press

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Dickey Decreasing Knuckleball's Velocity

Apr 7, 2015 5:09 PM

Searching for a way to improve his command, R.A. Dickey is no longer worried about the velocity of his knuckleball.

Dickey believes that when he tries to increase the speed of the pitch, it bothers his mechanics.

"I think it's just so much more of a comfort thing, what speed am I comfortable at," said Dickey. "I know when I step on the gas, when I do that, I get a little bit outside of my mechanics and I can generate a little bit more velocity.

"I know what that feels like. Really, proactively, practicing staying in that comfort zone is what's going to help me most of all."

Dickey walked 74 batters last season, which was the third most in the American League. The year before, he walked 71.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

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Hutchinson To Start Opener For Blue Jays

Mar 31, 2015 4:42 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have named Drew Hutchinson their Opening Day starter.

The right-hander is slated to face the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on April 6 in New York, his first season opening appearance.

Hutchison will be the youngest Opening Day starter in franchise history. He is 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA in three career starts at Yankee Stadium.

Associated Press

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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.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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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 Yahoo.com 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. 

Yahoo.com

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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

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Aaron Sanchez Likely To Fill Spot In Toronto's Rotation
The Blue Jays have a hole to fill in their rotation in the wake of Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Encarnacion Out 4-5 Days With Back Inflammation
Edwin Encarnacion felt a little tightness after Sunday's game against the Pirates and had a precautionary MRI on Monday night.

Associated Press

Stroman Has Torn ACL, Out For Season
Stroman, 23, went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA last season as a rookie and figured prominently in the team's plans for 2015.

Associated Press

Blue Jays Sign Dayan Viciedo
Dayan Viciedo hit 21 home runs for the White Sox last season.

ESPN.com

Blue Jays Sign Johan Santana
Santana, who turned 36 in March, hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2012.

Associated Press

Papelbon Interested In Possible Trade To Blue Jays
Jonathan Papelbon made some interesting comments Thursday when asked about a potential trade from the Phillies.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

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.

Mike Bauman/MLB

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.

ESPN.com

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.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

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

ESPN

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.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet.ca

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.

ESPN