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Blue Jays: Pros and Cons of missing out on free agent Jake Odorizzi

The last high-profile free agent from the 2020/2021 off-season went off the board when starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi signed a two-year deal with the Houston Astros (a third-year player option included). All off-season the Blue Jays have been rumoured to be interested in Odorizzi and were even speaking with his representatives last off-season before he signed […] Blue Jays: Pros and Cons of missing out on free agent Jake Odorizzi - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Blue Jays reportedly showing interest in Jake Odorizzi

The Toronto Blue Jays are reputedly among the teams still showing interest in free agent pitcher Jake Odorizzi. According to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, the Blue Jays may be circling back for another look at the free agent hurler. The starting roation was a topic of discussion for much of the offseason as […] Blue Jays reportedly showing interest in Jake Odorizzi - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Mets may want to think about moving Sean Reid-Foley to a permanent relief role

Sean Reid-Foley is of the arms the New York Mets picked up in the Steven Matz trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 25-year-old righty has spent most of his professional career as a starter, but made all five of his 2020 appearances out of the bullpen. In this limited sample size, Reid-Foley posted a […] Mets may want to think about moving Sean Reid-Foley to a permanent relief role - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

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Blue Jays: Three free agents still worth considering

The Blue Jays may be happy with the collection of players they’ve assembled, but there are still few solid free agents available, and they could come cheap. Ross Atkins and his front office staff did a lot of heavy lifting this offseason, and as a result the Blue Jays are well set up to take […] Blue Jays: Three free agents still worth considering - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Snake Bytes: 03/01 - Roll It

The Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK 28 of 30 teams played a Spring Training game yesterday of either 6, 7, 8 or 9 innings and calling an inning after 1, 2 or 3 out...baseball anno 2021. Diamondbacks news [dbacks.com] Gallen adjusts to new rules: ‘Really? Roll it?’ This spring, as part of the COVID-19 protocols, a team can end an inning — roll an inning — after a pitcher has thrown 20 pitches, which is where Gallen was in the first inning after striking out a batter, walking two and getting a flyout. [MLB Trade Rumors] Blue Jays Acquire Travis Bergen From...

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Blue Jays: Remaining Free Agents and could they help

As the Toronto Blue Jays Grapefruit League season is about to commence, here is a look at some of the remaining available free agents on the market. Jake Odorizzi and Jackie Bradley Jr. are arguably the biggest free agents who still remain unsigned. The Blue Jays have been linked to Odorizzi for the past two […] Blue Jays: Remaining Free Agents and could they help - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Toronto Blue Jays Trade Target: German Marquez

The Blue Jays are in need of another starting pitcher. With the season vastly approaching, there is a lack of big names in the free-agent market. With the current rotation having several question marks beyond Hyun Jin Ryu, there are a ton of pitchers that the Toronto Blue Jays can target via trade. One pitcher […] Toronto Blue Jays Trade Target: German Marquez - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Toronto Blue Jays: Who should be the closer this season?

With Ken Giles no longer with the Toronto Blue Jays (he signed with the Seattle Mariners this off-season), the organization enters 2021 without a closer for the first time in roughly three years. Acquired in the Roberto Osuna trade midway through the 2018 season, Giles did an alright job since joining the Blue Jays, authoring […] Toronto Blue Jays: Who should be the closer this season? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Jays trade for Travis Bergen

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Blue Jays traded ‘cash considerations’ to the Diamondbacks to get 27-year-old, LHP Travis Bergen back. You’ll remember that they Jays traded him to Arizona for Robbie Ray last August. Before that the Giants picked him up from us in the Rule 5 draft, in 2019, and then returned him in August of that year. Patrick Murphy was put on the 60-day IL, with a sprained A/C joint, to make roster room for Travis. I’m sad to hear that about Murphy, I was hoping he would get a shot to make the bullpen. Bergen has pitched in 29 games over the...

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Blue Jays: Trade talks weighing on players minds

It appears that the offseason trade rumblings weighed on the minds of a few Toronto Blue Jays players including Lourdes Gurriel Jr. The brain trust was very active in their quest to improve the roster which prompted the trade winds. Gurriel Jr. addressed the media in regards to the constant trade speculation admitting it “wasn’t […] Blue Jays: Trade talks weighing on players minds - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Top 60 All-Time Blue Jays: #27 Shannon Stewart

Shannon Harold Stewart | LF, CF | 1995-2003, 2008 Shannon Stewart was born February 25, 1974, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the first round of the 1992 amateur draft, the Blue Jays drafted him, the 19th pick overall, out of Miami Southridge High School. He was a compensation pick for the Dodgers signing of free agent Tom Candiotti. He rose quickly thru the Jays farm system and was a September call-up in 1995 and 1996. In 1997 Shannon was called up in mid-August and was given the full-time CF job for the rest of the season after the Jays traded Otis Nixon to the Dodgers. In 1998...

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Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Santiago Espinal

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports Santiago Espinal came to to the Blue Jays from the Red Sox in trade for Steve Pearce back in July of 2018. He was number 24 on our Top 40 prospect list last year. Matt wrote: Espinal profiles as very low risk and high floor, with a strong likelihood of being a utility infielder (role 40) who can cover shortstop but below average offensive production (80-85 wRC+). If the demonstrated contact ability translates really well, he could surprise to the upside as a “second division” fringe regular (1-2 WAR/year at ~90 wRC+), with an outside...

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Blue Jays: Five bold predictions for the 2021 season

The 2021 MLB season is nearly upon us, and it’s an exciting time to be a Blue Jays fan. It’s also time for some bold predictions about the year ahead. The Blue Jays have had a very productive winter, signing key free agents like George Springer, Marcus Semien, Kirby Yates, and more. They could still […] Blue Jays: Five bold predictions for the 2021 season - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Dodgers Acquire Ryan Noda From Blue Jays To Complete Ross Stripling Trade

Teh Los Angeles Dodgers acquired left-handed hitting Minor League outfielder Ryan Noda from the Toronto Blue...

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Blue Jays: Part 2 – Examining potential pitching trade targets

To find part one in the series involving Blue Jays and potential pitching trade targets, click the link here. As per the last article, all trades were conducted through the Baseball Trade Simulator in an attempt to find the best trades possible using both player ability and the player’s contract. While the mentioned trades are […] Blue Jays: Part 2 – Examining potential pitching trade targets - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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MLB Rankings: These Five Teams had the Worst 2021 Offseasons

While the Padres and Mets cracked the four-minute mile this MLB offseason, most other teams took their sweet time perusing the free agent and trade markets. The Blue Jays didn’t leave the start line until January, and the Cardinals’ race began on January 31st then ended a week and a half later. Some teams started […] MLB Rankings: These Five Teams had the Worst 2021 Offseasons - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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SCOUTS EYE: Toronto Blue Jays- Gabriel Moreno

One of the Blue Jays top 30 prospects is a promising talent from behind the dish; 21-year-old, Gabriel Moreno. Moreno, from Venezuela, joined the blue birds’ organization, signing on August 3rd 2016 on an international free agent contract.  This wasn’t a hard choice for the club to make.  This kid has tools and a solid […] SCOUTS EYE: Toronto Blue Jays- Gabriel Moreno - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Blue Jays: Examining potential starting pitching trade targets

As teams across the MLB head into spring training this week, Toronto Blue Jays fans have to be pretty happy with how the off-season turned out for the organization. While the going was slow at the beginning, the Blue Jays walked away with quite a haul, inking outfielder George Springer to a six-year contract, while […] Blue Jays: Examining potential starting pitching trade targets - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Happy Birthday Devon Travis

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports One of my favorites, Devon Travis, turns 30 today. Travis came to the Blue Jays in trade from the Tigers, back on November 13, 2014, with Anthony Gose going to Detroit. Travis was #84 on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list. Gose had been a disappointment for us. He had a ton of speed, but he hit .247/.315/.363 with 34 stolen bases in 202 games in parts of three seasons. Added in, there were moments of attitude. Sent down to the minors, he had our Triple-A manager Marty Brown irritated with him. After Gose was sent down, he...

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Blue Jays: James Paxton was interested in playing for Toronto

The Toronto Blue Jays failed to shore up their rotation this offseason, however, there was one free agent hurler who was more than willing to explore the possibility. Canadian pitcher James Paxton agreed to a one-year $8.5 million dollar pact with the Seattle Mariners recently after it was rumoured the Blue Jays were interested in […] Blue Jays: James Paxton was interested in playing for Toronto - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Today in Blue Jays history: Jays trade Roger Clemens

Today in Blue Jays history, back in 1999, the Blue Jays traded Roger Clemens to the Yankees for David Wells, Graeme Lloyd, and Homer Bush. After the strike-shortened 1994 season, GM Pat Gillick resigned. To put a bit of background to it, he put together a Blue Jays team that finished first in the AL East in 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, and 1993 and had won the World Series in 1992 and 1993. 1994 didn’t go as well. The Jays finished 55-60, finishing 15 games back. We discounted it, figuring that it didn’t count since it was a shortened season. Pat, well, maybe could see the...

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Astros: Looking back at the 2019 trade with Blue Jays

On Monday, former Houston Astros outfielder Derek Fisher was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations and a player to be named later. This move doesn’t affect the Astros, but it does cap off the 2019 trade between Houston and Toronto, as none of the players included in the […] Astros: Looking back at the 2019 trade with Blue Jays - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Top 60 All-Time Greatest Jays: #33 Shawn Green

Shawn David Green | RF | 1993-1999 Shawn Green was born November 10, 1972, in Des Plaines, Illinois. He was the 1st round of the 1991 amateur draft by the Blue Jays out of high school in Tustin, California. Manny Ramirez was picked two spots before him. We got the draft pick from San Francisco as compensation for their signing of our free-agent Bud Black. Green received a $725,000 signing bonus. Shawn quickly rose thru the Jays’ system, becoming the Jays’ top prospect (well, it was a tossup between him and Carlos Delgado) from the moment he signed. In 1992 he made the...

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Toronto Blue Jays should be excited about prospect Manuel Beltre

Hailing from Invivienda, Dominican Republic, infielder Manuel Beltre is one of the newest prospects to join the Toronto Blue Jays this past off-season. With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting multiple areas of the MLB season last year, the international free agency period underwent some major changes, the biggest change being the date for free agents to sign moved […] Toronto Blue Jays should be excited about prospect Manuel Beltre - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Top 50 All-Time Greatest Jays: #34 Kelvim Escobar

Kelvim Jose Escobar | SP/RP | 1997-2003 Kelvim Escobar, born April 11, 1976, in LaGuaira, Venezuela, was signed by the Blue Jays as an amateur free agent when he was 16 in 1992 by former Jay super scout Epy Guerrero. Latin American players aren’t subject to the draft, but signing them as a free agent as young as 16 seems a bit much. Despite less than great control, Kelvim moved quickly through the Jays minor league system, he was one of their top-ranked prospects (Baseball American had him #67 in their top 100 prospects) and in 1997 he was called up to the majors to work in...

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Toronto Blue Jays have shown recent interest in Taijuan Walker

According to Robert Murray of FanSided, the Toronto Blue Jays have shown recent interest in Taijuan Walker while keeping in contact with the free agent all offseason. The Jays are in desperate need of another starting pitching and Walker would definitely improve the staff. The 28-year old was acquired by Toronto from the Mariners at […] Toronto Blue Jays have shown recent interest in Taijuan Walker - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Happy Birthday Ryan Goins

Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ Ryan Goins turns 33 today. Ryan played with the Blue Jays for five seasons. He played 448 games for us, hitting .228/.275/.335. But, he wasn’t a Jay for his bat. It was his glove that got him to and kept him on the majors. Let’s share some of his highlight plays. The hidden ball trick: And: And: And: And a favorite: Ryan was a free agent after the 2017 start and signed with the Royals. He played 41 games for them and was released, then signed with the Phillies, but he didn’t play for the major league team. In the last...

The Marcus Stroman trade makes NO SENSE for the Mets | Time to Schein

Adam Schein gives his take on Marcus Stroman being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets and how this unexpected deal does not make any sense. Adam Schein also discusses potential trade targets for the New York Yankees now that Marcus Str

Tulo released by Blue Jays, enters free agency

Troy Tulowitzki, a five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, enters free agency after getting released by the Blue Jays About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States

Solarte gets non-tendered, becomes a free agent

After hitting 17 homers and driving in 54 runs in 2018, Yangervis Solarte gets non-tendered by the Blue Jays and becomes a free agent About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United S