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Report: Nationals, free-agent reliever Janssen agree to contract

A person familiar with the negotiations says right-handed reliever Casey Janssen and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2016. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the deal had not been announced. Janssen was a free agent after spending his entire big league career with the Toronto Blue...
Via AP on Fox
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

AP Source: RHP Casey Janssen, Nationals agree to contract

A person familiar with the negotiations says right-handed reliever Casey Janssen and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2016. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the deal had not been announced. Janssen was a free agent after spending his entire big league career with the Toronto Blue...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Just What Happened to Casey Janssen?

Like it or not, this is the time of the year that we write about players like Casey Janssen. There aren’t a whole lot of alternatives. Janssen himself just signed on with the Nationals, to some degree replacing Tyler Clippard at the cost of $5 million guaranteed with a second-year mutual option. The Nationals aren’t […]
Via Fangraphs
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Get Casey Janssen, Hope for Old Casey Janssen

The Nationals got Casey Janssen today, the same Casey Janssen that did a great job of getting the most out of his skill set before last year. Without an overpowering arsenal, he hung with the best in his craft. Though the contract wasn’t expensive, it still represents a hope that Janssen can return to those […]
Via Fangraphs
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (15) | 2013 (22) | 2012 (5) | 2011 (4) | 2010 (19) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [83-79] AL East AAA: [77-66] International League - Buffalo AA: [66-76] Eastern League - New Hampshire A+: [77-61] Florida State League - Dunedin A: [62-77] Midwest League - Lansing A(ss): [46-30] Northwest League - Vancouver Graduated Prospects...
Via Razzball
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Can Ricky Romero Bounce Back?

  Heading into the 2012 season, the sky appeared to be the limit for Blue Jays lefthander Ricky Romero . Romero posted a 15-11 record in 2011, with a 2.92 ERA,and was named to the American League All Star team.  His Wins had increased every year since his debut in 2009, and his ERA, WHIP, and BABIP had all decreased over that time, and the year before, the Jays had rewarded...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Should Not Pursue Jonathan Papelbon

The Toronto Blue Jays should not pursue Jonathan Papelbon. The rumor mill is swirling around the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies as they are reportedly one of two teams in dialogue with the Phillies about closer Jonathan Papelbon. The other is the Milwaukee Brewers, who also could use a closer, likely even more so than the Blue Jays do. The Blue Jays need a...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Jose Bautista of the Ivy League

Multiple influences led to the composition of this brief post — and I fully anticipate that the end result will appeal to approximately X readers, where X is an integer less than 1. That said, as my fourth-grade teacher at Broken Ground School in Concord, NH, once told me during an actual student-teacher conference, “Carson, […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cardy Show Episode 62: Alexis Brudnicki

Tonight I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Alexis Brudnicki the Lead Writer for Prep Baseball Report Ontario and The Canadian Baseball Network. Alexis and I discussed a multitude of things including Paul Beeston’s extension , Alexis’ opportunities and travels as well as the impact that Canadian Baseball players have had on registration in the country. Alexis is very...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #118: Marcus Stroman | SP | TOR

You may not have seen much of Marcus Stroman in 2014, in no part due to his small stature (5’9, 185 lbs) but rather due to him beginning the year in the minor leagues. With that said, this 2012 amateur draft first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays has impressed every baseball enthusiast who has seen and covered him since he became a pro. After dominating minor league hitters...
Via Baseball Professor
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: 3 Power Moves for the Diamond from Edwin Encarnación

The Toronto Blue Jays Dominican power-hitter Edwin Encarnación is wasting no time in the new year, gearing up early for spring training with cardio workouts, fielding routines and plenty of strength and
Via Stack
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Blue Jays interested in James Shields

James Shields is one of the top free agents remaining on the market. With just over a month before pitchers and catchers report to team camps, Shields remains unsigned. One team who may emerge to sign Shields, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, is the Toronto Blue Jays. Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are having internal discussions centered around Shields, in an...
Via Sports-Glory
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays settle with Cecil, strike deal with Dirks

TORONTO (AP) Brett Cecil and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,475,000, avoiding salary arbitration. Toronto also agreed Thursday to a minor league contract with outfielder Andy Dirks, who was claimed off waivers from Detroit on Oct. 31 and became a free agent when the Blue Jays failed to offer a major league deal by the Dec. 2 deadline. Cecil, 28...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Names To Watch in 2015: Blue Jays’ Blake McFarland

With uncertainty in their major league bullpen and limited big name free agents still available to fill the void, Toronto Blue Jays fans should be getting acquainted with right-handed prospect Blake McFarland, an older minor leaguer that refuses to become complacent. McFarland is starting to get the recognition he deserves after a stellar Arizona Fall League campaign. Facing quite...
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Blue Jays Have A Deal With Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays have a deal in place with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for $3.2 million dollars according to International sources. Apparently they had a verbal deal that will kick in on July 2. January 5 Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that teenager Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won’t be able to sign until July 2, but sources told him the...
Via Mets Merized Online
22 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s send young Blue Jays fan care package after acquiring Brett Lawrie (pics)

To say that Amelia, a 6-year-old Toronto Blue Jays fan, has enjoyed something of a baseball-related windfall of goodwill over the holidays would be an understatement. Amelia became something of an Internet sensation after a video went viral that documented her devastation upon learning that Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie, her favorite player on...Read More The post A’s send...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Remember all the speculation about Billy Beane possibly trading Josh Donaldson because of a conflict of personalities? It looks like we have confirmation that that was not the case. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi published a piece on Tuesday about how the Donaldson trade between the A’s and Blue Jays unfolded. The trade, which was announced on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Sox OF Ryan Kalish Signs With Blue Jays

Kalish With A Young FanHe made it to the big leagues with the Red Sox in 2010—and was considered one of the bright stars on the Fenway horizon. Then, injuries piled up on Ryan Kalish and pushed his career development into a Twilight Zone of frustration. Then, last year, his former GM Theo Epstein gave him a shot with the Cubbies. In 57 games, Kalish hit just .248. Now, he's being...
Via FenwayNation
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Melky Cabrera, White Sox agree to 3-year deal

The Chicago White Sox just can’t stop spending, can they? In what has already been a huge offseason for them, they’ve now gone and made Melky Cabrera their latest in a long line of notable acquisitions. Source tells me Melky Cabrera agrees to three year deal with WhSox pending physical . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 14, 2014   The deal is expected to...
Via The Outside Corner
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Brett Lawrie turn it around in Oakland?

From the perspective of the Oakland Athletics, the trade that sent Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for a package of players headlined by Brett Lawrie on Friday night represents a much more disappointing picture than for the other club involved in the deal. Despite that this is the typical way in which Billy Beane operates, in addition to the fact that Donaldson was...
Via The Outside Corner
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays pay for defense in acquiring Josh Donaldson

The baseball world was treated to something of a Friday night blockbuster, as the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics came together on a trade that featured Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie as centerpieces, with three additional prospects heading to Oakland from the Jays. On the Oakland end, there is no shortage of confusion over just what they were trying to accomplish...
Via The Outside Corner
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball: Josh Donaldson’s value in Toronto

Josh Donaldson finished eighth in the AL MVP race in 2014 On Nov. 28, the Oakland Athletics sent third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for third baseman Brett Lawrie, right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin, and shortstop Franklin Barreto. For Josh Donaldson, moving to Toronto will be a nice change of scenery. He is moving from a...
Via isportsweb.com
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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