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Marcus Stroman To Start Opener For Blue Jays

Mar 14, 2019 8:03 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have named Marcus Stroman their starter on Opening Day against the Detroit Tigers on March 28.

Stroman, 27, had a 5.54 ERA last season.

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Blue Jays Listening To Offers, But Marcus Stroman Talks Quiet

Mar 4, 2019 8:33 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are listening to offers for pretty much everyone on the roster.

However, talks involving Marcus Stroman are relatively quiet right now.

Interest in Stroman could spike up when Dallas Keuchel signs as a free agent.

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Blue Jays, Clay Buchholz Agree Upon Deal

Mar 1, 2019 7:55 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a contract with Clay Buchholz, according to multiple reports.

Buchholz signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in May and became one of the team's best pitchers. He went 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts.

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Ross Atkins Tries To Argue Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Isn't Ready For MLB

Feb 27, 2019 9:25 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays will likely keep Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the minor leagues to begin the 2019 season in order to extend their team control for as long as possible under the MLB's service time rules.

“There’s so many opportunities for him defensively, and what he can do to really maximize the power and the size and the strengths that he has," said Ross Atkins. "And everyone then points to defense but it’s really not just about defense, it’s about him having a 15, 20-year career and starting with an incredible foundation. And that’s everything that encompasses teammate [?], that’s the physical aspect, the base-running, the defense. And that physical aspect really plays into what type of offensive player he’s going to be. And I think he has the ability to be so versatile and dynamic, and we want to make sure we tap into all of that potential.”

Atkins also said of Guerrero, “I just don’t see him as a major-league player. He’s 19.”

Guerrero received an 80 prospect grade according to Baseball America, the highest grade possible on the scouting scale. The publication says Guerrero “might immediately rank among the top overall hitters in baseball.”

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Blue Jays, John Axford Agree To Minor League Deal

Feb 16, 2019 1:24 PM

Reliever John Axford and the Toronto Blue Jays have completed a minor league contract.

If added to the 40-man roster, the 35-year-old right-hander would get a one-year contract worth $1.65 million while in the major leagues. In the deal, announced Saturday by Toronto, he would have the chance to earn $1.7 million in performance bonuses based on games.

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Blue Jays Have 'No Firm Timeline' For Vlad Jr.'s Debut

Feb 15, 2019 7:54 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have no firm timeline for when Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. will join the Major League club this season.

Ross Atkins said the most likely scenario will be Brandon Drury opening the season as the Blue Jays' starting third baseman but acknowledged that things could change.

"I think that's the most likely scenario," Atkins said of Drury at third base. "Having said that, we're a good number of days away from opening the season, and we'll see how things progress. Health, performance."

Guerrero is expected to arrive in spring camp with the rest of the team's position players this weekend.

"There is no firm timeline on when he arrives and when he is playing in Toronto for the first time," Atkins said. "But we want to make sure he's the best possible third baseman, best possible hitter he can be. This is going to be a fun and exciting time for him. A fun and exciting time for the organization."

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Blue Jays Make Formal Offer To Sergio Romo

Feb 12, 2019 9:08 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have made a formal contract offer to Sergio Romo, according to a source.

Romo, 35, recorded 25 saves for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018. He also started five games as an "opener."

Ken Giles is expected to begin the season as Toronto's closer.

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HR Ball From Jose Bautista's Bat Flip Sells For $28,252

Feb 4, 2019 8:05 AM

The home run ball that prompted Jose Bautista's famous bat flip in 2015 has sold at auction for more than $28,000.

There were 17 bids on the ball, which was sold for $28,252 by Lelands auction house.

The home run at Rogers Centre came Oct. 14, 2015, during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers.

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Roy Halladay Won't Have Team Logo On HOF Plaque

Jan 24, 2019 7:55 AM

Roy Halladay won't have a team logo on his Hall of Fame plaque when he's inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame later this year.

There was a question as to whether he'd go in as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays or Philadelphia Phillies.

Halladay's widow, Brandy, made the announcement when speaking to reporters after a news conference Wednesday introducing the Hall's 2019 induction class at the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan.

"I feel that -- and we talked about this -- that this is the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame," Brandy Halladay said as she glanced at her two boys.

"It's not the Phillies Hall of Fame, it's not the Blue Jays Hall of Fame," she continued. "Roy is going in as a major league baseball player. And that's what he is. And I hope that he represents something to all of baseball, not just the Phillies fans or the Blue Jays fans, but to baseball as a whole. And that's how I think he should be represented."

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Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mussina Voted Into HOF

Jan 22, 2019 6:30 PM

Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina have been voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rivera becomes the first player ever voted in unanimously. 

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens continue to fall short of the threshold needed to gain entry into the Hall of Fame. Bonds received 251 votes (59.1%) while Clemens received 253 votes (59.5%).

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Dodgers Re-Acquire Russell Martin
The Dodgers sent minor league pitcher Andrew Sopko and shortstop Ronny Brito to the Blue Jays in the trade for Russell Martin.

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David Phelps Joins Blue Jays On One-Year Deal
The deal is worth $2.5 million and includes a team option.

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Blue Jays Acquire Clayton Richard From Padres
The Blue Jays will send outfield prospect Connor Panas to the Padres.

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Matt Shoemaker, Blue Jays Agree To One-Year, $3.5M Contract
Free-agent pitcher Matt Shoemaker went 2-2 in seven starts with the Angels last season.

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Blue Jays Release Troy Tulowitzki
The Blue Jays still owe Troy Tulowitzki $20 million in 2019 and $14 million in 2020, plus the $4 million buyout of his $15 million club option for 2021.

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Nathan Eovaldi Drawing Plenty Of Interest
It is being reported that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, Padres, and Red Sox are interested in free-agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

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Astros Send Pitching Prospect To Jays For Aledmys Diaz
The Astros gave up minor league pitcher Trent Thornton to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

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Blue Jays Exercise $8M Option On Justin Smoak
Justin Smoak initially signed a two-year, $8.5 million extension with the Blue Jays in the summer of 2016.

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Blue Jays Down To Five Candidates For New Manager
The Blue Jays are looking for a new manager and are believed to be down to five candidates.

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Blue Jays Won't Retain John Gibbons As Manager
The Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that John Gibbons won't return as the club's manager next season.

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Blue Jays, John Gibbons To Part Ways After Season
The Blue Jays will likely target a younger manager with an eye on contending in 2020 or 2021.

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MLBPA Calls Out Blue Jays For Not Promoting Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
The Major League Baseball Players Association is faulting the Blue Jays for not calling up prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., claiming the decision was bad for all involved.

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Josh Donaldson's Agent Denies Blue Jays Offered Extension
Josh Donaldson's agent has disputed a report that the Blue Jays offered his client a multiyear extension before trading him to the Indians last week.

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Brewers Add Gio Gonzalez, Curtis Granderson For Stretch Run
The Brewers made a trio of moves before midnight on Friday, acquiring Gio Gonzalez, Curtis Granderson and Xavier Cedeno.

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Indians Acquire Josh Donaldson From Blue Jays
The Indians have acquired Josh Donaldson from the Blue Jays for a player to be named later.

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Troy Tulowitzki Insists He'll Return As Toronto's SS In 2019
Troy Tulowitzki hasn't played in more than a year, but he insists he'll regain his job as the everyday shortstop for the Blue Jays next season.

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Josh Donaldson Unlikely To Be Moved By Blue Jays
A waiver trade would be possible if Josh Donaldson got into some rehab games this month, but with time running out that appears unlikely.

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Roberto Osuna Addressed Astros In Closed-Door Meeting
The Astros acquired Roberto Osuna on Monday in exchange for three pitchers.

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Astros Acquire Roberto Osuna From Blue Jays
Roberto Osuna hasn't pitched since May 6, and has been serving a 75-game suspension for violation of Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.

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Yankees Acquire J.A. Happ From Blue Jays
The Blue Jays get infielder Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Billy McKinney from the Yankees in the trade for pitcher J.A. Happ.

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