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Another MLB Free Agent Domino Falls As Marcus Stroman Chooses Team

Another premiere Major League Baseball free agent pitcher reportedly is off the market. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday night that former Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman was close to a deal with the Chicago Cubs and the pitcher took to Twitter and confirmed the news himself. Stroman has been […] The post Another MLB Free Agent Domino Falls As Marcus Stroman Chooses Team appeared first on NESN.com.

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Carlos Rodón

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The hard-throwing lefty might be the most intriguing starting pitcher on the free agent market. These last few days have been a whirlwind of activity with many of the top free agents flying off the shelves in advance of the expiration of the current CBA. It’s only December 1st, but already the majority of the tier-A starting pitchers have found new homes, with Max Scherzer signing with the Mets, Robbie Ray with the Mariners, and Kevin Gausman with the Blue Jays. That leaves a shrinking list of starters for a significant number of suitors to...

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Tigers sign veteran reliever Jacob Barnes to a minor league deal

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Ok, we really like this as a thoughtful piece of depth-building. On Wednesday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers announced that they had signed veteran right-handed reliever Jacob Barnes to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. This seems like a very good idea. The 31-year-old pitched for both the New York Mets and then the Toronto Blue Jays last season after a midseason trade. The results were rather erratic. Erratic has been the name of the game for Barnes over the last few seasons. The big, hard-throwing right-hander broke into the...

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What can the Blue Jays expect from George Springer in 2022?

After an injury riddled first season with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021, George Springer will be looking for a big bounce back in 2022. Recapping Springer’s 2021 There was a lot of anticipation and excitement around Springer’s first season as a Toronto Blue Jay after he inked a 6-year $150 million free agent contract; […] What can the Blue Jays expect from George Springer in 2022? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Blue Jays: My Two Cents – Rogers Centre and Free Agent Focus

Ok, now before I get into my thought, hear me out. Other than refocusing the team’s resources and energy in acquiring that next big impact player, besides resigning Robbie Ray, along with a pitcher to replace Matz, and a few more bullpen arms, I think the Blue Jays should stand pat until at least they […] Blue Jays: My Two Cents – Rogers Centre and Free Agent Focus - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Blue Jays: The starting rotation is now set for the next few seasons

Late last evening, the Blue Jays made headlines by reportedly agreeing to a five-year contract with right-hander Kevin Gausman worth $110 million. One of the top free-agent starters this offseason along with Robbie Ray, Max Scherzer, and Justin Verlander, Gausman has been on the Blue Jays radar for a few years now after the club offered […] Blue Jays: The starting rotation is now set for the next few seasons - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Blue Jays: Kevin Gausman reportedly signs for 5 years, 110 million

ESPN’s Jeff Passan is reporting that the Blue Jays are in agreement on a 5 year, 110 million dollar contract with free agent starter Kevin Gausman. The Blue Jays were known to be in the market for a high-end starting pitcher, with many expecting that they’d have a full court press to re-sign their own […] Blue Jays: Kevin Gausman reportedly signs for 5 years, 110 million - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Some thoughts about a crazy MLB Sunday of free agent signings

Kevin Gausman, now a well-paid member of the Toronto Blue Jays | Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/MLB Photos via Hint: It’s lockout related. I think we expected a few free-agent signings this week before an expected lockout hits Thursday, but nothing like what happened Sunday. It was kind of like a winter version of the trade deadline, constantly refreshing Twitter to see who’d signed next. Sunday, we got news of the signings of Marcus Semien (Rangers), Kevin Gausman (Blue Jays) and a passel of rumors matching Max Scherzer to the Mets, though that’s not a done deal...

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Toronto Blue Jays continue big spending with Kevin Gausman deal

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to make big moves this off-season signing Kevin Gausman to a five-year, $110 million deal. Little by little, the Toronto Blue Jays continue to shake off their old reputation as a team that wouldn’t make a splash in free agency. Signing Jose Berrios to a massive seven-year extension shows that […] Toronto Blue Jays continue big spending with Kevin Gausman deal - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

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Former Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman returns to AL East, agrees to 5-year, $110-million deal with Blue Jays

Kevin Gausman, who spent six seasons with the Orioles after the team selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft, agreed to a five-year, $110-million free-agent deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

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The looming lockout stinks, but it has made the free agency period amazing

Marcus Semien #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays swings against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on October 3, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. | Photo by Mark Blinch/ Buxton? Semien? Everybody’s signing! The normal Major League Baseball offseason is long and only occasionally punctuated by major transactions. Sure, there are a few periods of higher transactional traffic—namely, around the Winter Meetings, held in December—but there’s not a lot of pressure to sign guys or make trades right out of the gate. Generally...

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Tigers among several teams interested in Robbie Ray, per report

Photo by Cole Burston/ The hot stove is raging with the likely lockout squeezing the timeline. Well, well, well, on Sunday afternoon, a somewhat tentative offseason for free agents suddenly cranked the hot stove to 11 as a host of players agreed to contracts. The Texas Rangers came out of nowhere to snatch Marcus Semien on a shocking seven-year deal, then added starting pitcher Jon Gray and outfielder Kole Calhoun. The Blue Jays landed one of the top free agent starters in Kevin Gausman. Suddenly deals and rumors were flying fast and furious, with teams concerned about...

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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 11/29/21

Marcus Semien is heading back to the AL West. | Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Seven free agents went off the board yesterday while the Yankees stood pat. Sunday was about as busy a November day of baseball news that I can remember. The Rangers landed Marcus Semien and Jon Gray. The Blue Jays shook off the loss of Semien by bringing Kevin Gausman aboard. The Twins extended the tantalizing Byron Buxton for seven years. Oh, and the Rays rolled the dice on Corey Kluber. There were several more moves as well, and as the clock neared midnight, the Mets neared...

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How Free Agency will impact a Blue Jays Blockbuster trade

With the expiration of the current CBA just days away, organizations are looking to bolster their rosters with some sort of peace of mind while transactions possibly halt for an unknown determined amount of time.  Free agents may normally be reluctant to sign early in the winter and let it ride out if needed, but with […] How Free Agency will impact a Blue Jays Blockbuster trade - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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One relief pitcher the Blue Jays should consider after signing Yimi Garcia

It is no secret that this offseason is producing one of the most stacked free-agent classes in recent memory, led by numerous middle infielders looking to cash in as well veteran pitchers that many teams are chomping at the bit to bring them in. The Blue Jays have a few players heading to free agency […] One relief pitcher the Blue Jays should consider after signing Yimi Garcia - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Today in Blue Jays History: The Donaldson Trade

Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ Seven years ago The Jays made a trade for Josh Donaldson. Scott wrote: If you’re reading this, you most certainly know about the trade that became official a short time ago between the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics. Heading to the A’s are Brett Lawrie, Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman, and Sean Nolin, while the Blue Jays receive All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson in return. The trade is yet another sign that Alex Anthopoulos and company are very serious about going all-in for the next few seasons and have had enough of...

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Recapping the Blue Jays’ past interest in Kevin Gausman

The Blue Jays are rumoured to be among the teams seriously interested in free agent starter Kevin Gausman, and this isn’t the first time they’ve pursued him. That fact is part of why I’ve long expected the Jays to be linked to Gausman this offseason, unless of course they were able to re-sign Robbie Ray. […] Recapping the Blue Jays’ past interest in Kevin Gausman - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Toronto Blue Jays Sign Relief Pitcher Yimi Garcia

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Toronto Blue Jays and free-agent reliever Yimi Garcia have come to an agreement on a two-year contract.  Morosi credited former Major Leaguer Carlos Baerga with breaking the news. TSN’S Scott Mitchell reported that the deal is a two-year deal worth $11 Million and has a club option […] Toronto Blue Jays Sign Relief Pitcher Yimi Garcia - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Rumors: Toronto Blue Jays are a “finalist” in Kevin Gausman sweepstakes

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported on Saturday that free agent starting pitcher Kevin Gausman will likely agree to a new contract with a team “within the next 2 or 3 days.” Morosi also reported in a separate tweet that the Toronto Blue Jays are a “finalist” for Gausman. Gausman, who will turn 31 in January, […] Rumors: Toronto Blue Jays are a “finalist” in Kevin Gausman sweepstakes - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Rangers land Semien, per reports

Photo by Bryan Bennett/ Multiple reports indicate that the Rangers have reached an agreement with free agent infielder Marcus Semien MLB Rumors: Marcus Semien and the Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a seven year contact, per multiple reports. Jon Heyman says the deal is “believed” to be a 7 year, $175M contract. Semien, 31, finished third in the American League Most Valuable Player balloting this year, while also winning a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award in his first season at second base, and his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays. Semien also...

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Blue Jays: Why waiting for extensions could be the right call

As stars across baseball sign long-term extensions in their early-mid 20’s, the Blue Jays could benefit from the patience of the front office. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there have already been efforts and long discussions had with the agents for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette about the possibility of a career-defining contract […] Blue Jays: Why waiting for extensions could be the right call - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Blue Jays: Players who impressed in the 2021 Dominican Summer League

The Toronto Blue Jays possessed one of the top farm systems coming into the 2021 campaign but after trading Simeon Woods-Richardson, Riley Adams, and Austin Martin at the trade deadline, the organization’s farm system ranking dropped to 14th in the league. The Jays do have one of the top catching prospects across the league in […] Blue Jays: Players who impressed in the 2021 Dominican Summer League - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Free Agent Poll: Javier Báez

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ There still isn’t much for Blue Jays news. The baseball fan in me says, ‘be patient. It doesn’t matter when the moves are made’. The blogger is ‘please, please do something we can talk about, I’m bored’. The Mets made some moves. They signed Starling Marte to a four-year, $78 million contract. And they picked up Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha. So maybe we won’t see any whining tweets from their owner for a couple of days. There are rumours that the Jays have been talking to Javier Báez, so let’s poll him. Keith Law has Báez 9th...

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Blue Jays fans don’t need to lament the loss of Steven Matz

While it would have been fun if the Blue Jays had been able to run the same team back for 2022 and beyond, we knew that was never going to be the case. That’s what happens when you used to employ two the of the top ten free agents, and another that likely fell somewhere […] Blue Jays fans don’t need to lament the loss of Steven Matz - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Could a Wander Franco type extension happen with the Blue Jays?

It was announced yesterday that the Toronto Blue Jays AL East rivals down in Tampa had agreed on a 11-year extension with prospect Wander Franco worth over $182 million dollars. The contract essentially buys out all of Franco’s pre-arbitration and arbitration years as well as multiple years of free agency, keeping him on the roster […] Could a Wander Franco type extension happen with the Blue Jays? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Blue Jays: Steven Matz to Sign Four Year, $44 Million Deal With St. Louis

Jeff Passan of ESPN is reporting that the St. Louis Cardinals have signed free agent lefty Steven Matz to a four-year, $44 million guaranteed contract, pending a physical. Incentives could eventually push that figure as high as $48 million, or an AAV of $12 million. Matz to sign Four Year, $44 Million Deal With Cardinals As […] Blue Jays: Steven Matz to Sign Four Year, $44 Million Deal With St. Louis - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Poll: Should Texas sign Marcus Semien?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Would you want the Rangers to sign Marcus Semien to a 5 year, $120 million deal? Free agent projections are out from Fangraphs and ESPN, and so it is that time again — time for the “should the Rangers sign This Player?” series of offseason polls. Today we are looking at Toronto Blue Jays infielder Marcus Semien. Over at ESPN, Kiley McDaniel projects that Semien will get 5 years, $110 million. At Fangraphs, Ben Clemens has Semien projected at 4 years, $120 million, while the median crowdsource has Semien at 4 years, $92 million. We will...

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