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Jays Sign Gavin Floyd; Hire Eric Wedge As Advisor

Feb 7, 2016 2:11 AM

The Blue Jays have signed right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $1 million dollar contract.

A 12-year veteran who has also pitched for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta, Floyd made seven relief appearances with Cleveland last season, missing significant time with a fractured elbow for the second straight year. 

Also Saturday, the Blue Jays hired former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge as Player Development Advisor.

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

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Jesse Chavez Defeats Jays In Salary Arbitration

Feb 7, 2016 2:16 AM

Pitcher Jesse Chavez defeated the Blue Jays in salary arbitration, improving players to 3-0 this year in cases that went to hearings.

Chavez was awarded a $4 million salary on Saturday by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, who heard the case a day earlier. The Blue Jays argued the right-hander should be paid $3.6 million.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Jays Explore Extensions For Bautista, Encarnacion

Feb 6, 2016 2:17 PM

Jose Bautista wants to play his entire career for the Blue Jays, and the team intends to explore an extension that could make that happen, sources told ESPN on Friday.

Bautista, 35, told the Canadian Press on Thursday that he would consider it "an honor" to finish his career with the Blue Jays.

"Fans-wise, city-wise, having the country behind us and every other aspect of being a Toronto Blue Jay player is something that I love," Bautista said. "Now, hopefully, that matches up with the new front office desire to win now, kind of like myself."

Sources told ESPN that the Blue Jays and Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, plan to begin negotiations about a potential extension during spring training. The sources also said the team expects to hold similar talks with the representatives for Edwin Encarnacion.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Report: Cubs, Arrieta Agree To One-Year, $10.7M Deal

Feb 6, 2016 3:57 AM

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday night.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Blue Jays Running Out Of Time To Extend Donaldson

Feb 5, 2016 9:30 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays haven't abandoned hope that Josh Donaldson can be signed to a contract extension before his arbitration case is heard later this month.

Arbitration dates are expected to remain confidential until a ruling is announced, but Donaldson's case will be heard before the start of Spring Training.

Donaldson submitted a figure of $11.8 million for arbitration while Toronto went with $11.35 million.

The 30-year-old remains under club control for three more years and he won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

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

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Dodgers Telling Teams Puig Is Off Limits

Feb 5, 2016 9:23 AM

Andre Ethier has been the most discussed trade candidate for the Los Angeles Dodgers, in part, because the club is telling teams that Yasiel Puig is not available.

Puig's contract guarantees him $19.5 million over the next three seasons, although it also allows him to opt into arbitration once he is eligible next offseason.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Citi Field, Yankee Stadium Could Ban Smokeless Tobacco

Feb 5, 2016 6:23 AM

Already banned at three Major League stadiums, a bill will be introduced Friday that would make smokeless tobacco off limits at Citi Field, Yankee Stadium and other public arenas in New York City's five boroughs.

AT&T Park in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Fenway Park in Boston have already banned smokeless tobacco.

"If New York passes this bill, and I think it will, it moves us dramatically closer to the day when smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all major league cities," said Matthew Myers, the president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a Washington advocacy group.

Tim Rohan/New York Times

Tags: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Orioles, Brian Matusz Agree To $3.9M Deal

Feb 5, 2016 6:18 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million deal with Brian Matusz.

The agreement allows the two sides to avoid arbitration.

Matusz, 28, went 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 58 appearances out of the bullpen last season for Baltimore.

The pitcher asked for $4.4 million, and the Orioles offered $3.5 million, leaving Thursday's agreement $50,000 below the midpoint.

Associated Press

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Rogers Centre Will Have Dirt Infield In Time For Season

Feb 5, 2016 6:12 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are installing a dirt infield at the Rogers Centre that will be ready for the 2016 season.

However, the Jays say it is too early to determine whether they would replace artificial turf with grass in some future season.

Work will begin next week to excavate about 12,000 square feet of concrete. The infield and baselines will be dug out to a depth of 12 inches and filled with layers of gravel, sand and clay.

Before last season, the Blue Jays installed AstroTurf 3D Xtreme, which plays much slower than traditional artificial surfaces.

Associated Press

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Smyly Wins Arbitration Case Against Rays

Feb 4, 2016 4:11 PM

Drew Smyly has won his arbitration case against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The left-hander asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a Wednesday hearing. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.

Associated Press

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Acquire Despaigne From Padres
The Orioles have acquired Odrisamer Despaigne from the Padres in exchange for Minor League pitcher Jean Cosme.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Mets, Jeurys Familia Agree To $4.1M Deal
The Mets have avoided arbitration with Jeurys Familia by agreeing to a one-year, $4.1 million deal.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Diamondbacks Unlikely To Make Further Moves
Arizona saved about $4 million in the trade that sent Aaron Hill and others to the Brewers for Jean Segura and more.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Jonny Gomes Signs With Rakuten Golden Eagles
Jonny Gomes has signed a one-year contract with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles.


Drew Smyly, Rays Argue First Arbitration Case Of Year
Drew Smyly, 26, asked arbitrators for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.

Associated Press

Mariners Sign Korean Slugger Dae-Ho Lee
The Korean slugger could earn up to $4 million with incentives if he makes the Major League roster.

Greg Johns/MLB

White Sox Seek Left-Handed Outfield Bat
A trade with the Dodgers for Andre Ethier has been mentioned as a possibility.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Dodgers Hire Greg Maddux, Raul Ibanez As Special Assistants
The Dodgers have hired Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez as special assistants to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees Have No Concerns About Medical Procedures
The Yankees have received a pair of seemingly late diagnoses over the last year, but Brian Cashman has no concerns about the team's medical procedures.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Mark Buehrle Hasn't Ruled Out Comeback
Mark Buehrle doesn't plan to sign with a Major League club, but he isn't ready to officially retire from baseball either.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Indians Interested In Juan Uribe
The Indians are looking for a third baseman and continue to target Juan Uribe, according to a report.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Source: Braves Making Push For 'Lazarito'
The Braves are making a push to sign Cuban prospect Lazaro Robersy Armenteros Arango, who is expected to sign with a Major League team next week, according to a source.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Brendan Ryan To Sign With Nationals
Brendan Ryan exercised a $1 million option with the Yankees, but was traded to the Cubs in the Starlin Castro deal. Chicago released Ryan shortly after.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

MLB Owners Worried About Tanking
The subject of tanking was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Carlos Quentin To Attempt Comeback With Twins
The Twins have agreed to a Minor League contract with Carlos Quentin.

Associated Press

White Sox Exploring Trade For Andre Ethier
The White Sox are exploring a trade for Andre Ethier, but it's unclear if they'll find a match with the Dodgers.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Cardinals Have Confidence In Stephen Piscotty
The Cardinals lost Jason Heyward in free agency, but are hoping they'll still get strong production in the outfield thanks to their confidence in Stephen Piscotty.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Giants Avoid Arbitation With George Kontos
The Giants have agreed to a one-year, $1.15 million deal with George Kontos.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

MLBPA Forbids Cabrera, Cano, Ortiz From Caribbean HR Derby
The Major League Baseball Players Association has forbid Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano and David Ortiz from participating in the Caribbean Series' inaugural Home Run Derby after it was announced that

Jorge Morejon/ESPN

Lucroy Has Nationals On No-Trade List
The Nationals are interested in Jonathan Lucroy, but they are one of the eight teams on the catcher's no-trade list, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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