7:59 PM EST, Wed February 01, 2023
Bluebird Banter 6 hours ago
Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Leo Jimenez

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Leo Jimenez

Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Leo Jimenez is a 21-year-old (turns 22 in May) middle infielder. He was added to the 40-man roster in November 2021 (protecting him from a Rule 5 draft that didn’t happen). I didn’t understand why he was put on the 40-man, no team would have taken him in the draft since he hadn’t played above Rookie League to that point. But the front office knows more than I do. Last year he played for Vancouver. He hit .230/.340/.385 with 6 home runs, 7 steals, 27 walks and 58 strikeouts. It is a disappointing batting line for a guy...
Bluebird Banter 7 hours ago
Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Kevin Kiermaier

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Kevin Kiermaier

Photo by Mark Blinch/ Kevin Kiermaier signed with the Blue Jays on December 10th. He’s getting $9 million, with a $750,000 bonus based on days on the active roster. This is after ten seasons with the Rays. His career batting line is .248/.308/.407 with 82 home runs and 112 stolen bases. Last year he hit .228/.281/.369 with 7 home runs. He missed a lot of time with a hip injury. He had surgery in July and missed the rest of the season. Kevin is a lefty batter who has always hit right-handers much better than lefties. Career he has a .735 OPS against RHP, and .661...
Bluebird Banter Jan 31, 2023
Jays Sign Chad Green

Jays Sign Chad Green

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Here I thought the Jays were done signing people this winter, but they have picked up right-handed reliever Chad Green. He’s signed a two-year $8.5 million contract, with options for two more years. Or it may be more complicated than that: Source confirms: Free-agent reliever Chad Green to Blue Jays on 2-year, $8.5M deal. Second year is conditional player option that Green can exercise if Jays decline 3-year club option. If both decline, Jays get 2-year club option at higher AAV. First: @MarinoMLB, @ShiDavidi.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal)...
Bluebird Banter Jan 31, 2023
Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Danny Jansen

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Danny Jansen

Photo by Mark Blinch/ Danny Jansen turns 28 in mid-April. He’s five seasons into his MLB career and coming off his best season (minus a couple of stints on the IL). Playing in 72 games, he had 15 home runs and a .260/.339/.516 batting line, finally showing the bat we expected when he came up in 2018. His 2.9 bWAR is a career-high. And that’s in a season that he missed time with an oblique injury and then more time with a broken finger. I’m sure that every time I’ve written about Jansen, I’ve mentioned he came up as a bat-first catcher and turned out to be an...
Bluebird Banter Jan 28, 2023
Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Spencer Horwitz

Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Spencer Horwitz

Photo by Barry Gossage/MLB Photos via Spencer Horwitz is a 25-year-old, left-handed hitting first baseman. In November, he was added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Last year he hit .275/.391/.452 with 12 home runs, 73 walks and 85 strikeouts in 114 games split between Double and Triple-A. That’s after hitting .291/.401/.445 in Vancouver in 2021. He walked 15% of the time and struck out 20% of the time (slightly more than he had in the past, but then he’s facing better pitching). Last year he was number 18 on our top 40 prospect list....