The Dodgers re-acquired Russell Martin in a trade with the Blue Jays earlier Friday, providing themselves with a veteran stopgap behind the plate until their talented prospects are ready for the major leagues.
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David Phelps has agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to sources.
The deal is worth $2.5 million and includes a team option.
Phelps, 32, missed the 2018 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired left-hander Clayton Richard and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres on Sunday, it was announced.
Toronto will send minor league outfielder Connor Panas to San Diego.
Free-agent pitcher Matt Shoemaker has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced Friday.
Shoemaker went 2-2 with a 4.94 ERA in seven starts with the Los Angeles Angels last season
The Toronto Blue Jays have released Troy Tulowitzki, who is now a free agent.
Toronto still owes Tulowitzki $20 million in 2019 and $14 million in 2020, plus the $4 million buyout of his $15 million club option for 2021.
Any Major League club can now sign him for the pro-rated portion of the league minimum.
Surgery on both feet forced Tulowitzki to miss the entire 2018 season.
Nathan Eovaldi's dominant postseason has teams lining up to sign him. According to a report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, as many as nine teams could be in on the free-agent righty.
Cafardo names the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, Padres and Red Sox as clubs that are interested in Eovaldi, and notes that more could join in on the bidding.
The Houston Astros acquired infielder Aledmys Diaz in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, giving up minor league pitcher Trent Thornton on Saturday.
Diaz played both at shortstop and third base for the Blue Jays last season, hitting .263 with a career-high 18 home runs, 26 doubles and 55 RBIs in 130 games. His production improved after the All-Star break, with a .290 batting average and OPS of .856 in the second half.
The Toronto Blue Jays have decided to exercise their $8 million club option on Justin Smoak.
The Blue Jays could have payed Smoak a $250,000 buyout.
Smoak initially signed a two-year, $8.5 million extension with the Blue Jays in the summer of 2016.
The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for a new manager and are believed to be down to five candidates.
According to multiple sources, Joe Espada (Houston Astros bench coach), David Bell (San Francisco Giants farm director), Rocco Baldelli (Tampa Bay Rays major-league field coordinator) and Brandon Hyde (Chicago Cubs' bench coach) are among the options.
The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that John Gibbons won't return as the club's manager next season.
Gibbons, 56, has managed the Blue Jays for the last six seasons in his second stint with the team.
He signed an extension with Toronto that guaranteed his contract for 2019, so he'll be paid in full.