Blue Jays lineup taking shape

Only regular out of action Friday is Kendrys Morales.
Via Toronto Star
1 hour ago

A Fantasy Baseball Guide to the 2017 Toronto Blue Jays

If you play fantasy baseball, you likely spend March pouring over rankings spreadsheets and mock drafting away those lazy Monday afternoons at the office. Don’t worry, we won’t tell. Here at BP, a few local sites have decided to band together to help provide you with some fantasy insights into the players from teams they see more than most. By clicking on their names, you can...
Via BP Toronto
6 hours ago

Troy Tulowitzki, Russell Martin Really Need to Have Strong Starts

Fresh off two consecutive postseason appearances, the Toronto Blue Jays are primed to compete for a spot in October once again in 2017. They’ll be doing it with some fresh faces, though. Edwin Encarnacion and his powerful bat were a huge part of those two playoffs runs, but he plays for the Cleveland Indians now. The Blue Jays re-signed Jose Bautista, but have also brought in Kendrys...
Via The Sports Daily
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Marcus Stroman may have earned Jays’ opening-day start while at the WBC

Blue Jays right-hander held Puerto Rico hitless for first six innings of championship game.
Via Toronto Star
20 hours ago

Toronto Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman in for a big year?

Marcus Stroman, of the Toronto Blue Jays, was lights out in last nights World Baseball Classic Championship Game. Stroman took the ball for the United States and pitched in a way Blue Jays fans have not seen since 2015. Stroman was electric in his six innings of work. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff double, and it was the only hit he gave up all game. 2017 looks like it could...
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Jays manager John Gibbons says contract extension ‘a nice reward’

Manager says he has solid relationship with Jays GM Ross Atkins and team president Mark Shapiro.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

WATCH: Bautista: Made no sense to push through back stiffness

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista discusses the decision to pull out of the WBC with low back stiffness, says he feels good, but it makes no sense pushing things in Spring Training.
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

John Gibbons Bet on Himself and Won a New Contract

In John Gibbons’ office, just down from the Blue Jays clubhouse, there’s a message scribbled onto his whiteboard which has been there for over two years: “Good luck on the season. We love you Dad”. The message was written by Gibbons’ daughter, Jordan, as Ian Harrison noted in his Vice Sports piece from October of 2015.  Those words of encouragement have remained on that...
Via Blue Jay Hunter
2 days ago

Blue Jays, John Gibbons reportedly finalizing contract extension

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is being rewarded after leading the team to back-to-back ALCS berths.Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports on Tuesday that Gibbons and the Blue Jays are finalizing a multi-year contract extension and expect to have a deal done by Opening Day on April 3.The 54-year-old Gibbons was hired in 2013 (his second managerial stint with the team) and has...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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WATCH: Liriano: Physically I feel great, have to get mentally ready for the season

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano talks about his start Monday in Dunedin, Florida and how ready he is for the regular season.
Via SportsNetCanada
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays star Donaldson plays for 1st time since injury

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson made his spring training debut Monday, going 0 for 2 with a walk in his first game since injuring his right calf more than a month ago. The 2015 AL MVP hurt himself Feb. 17 while running sprints. He was the designated hitter in an 8-2 loss to Minnesota, and is scheduled to play at his normal third base spot Wednesday. ...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Big day for Blue Jays as Donaldson returns to lineup

Arash Madani and Arden Zwelling talk about the return of Toronto Blue Jays superstar Josh Donaldson to the lineup and his lack of serious injuries in his career.
Via SportsNetCanada
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bunt-Fest: Jays' Pillar bunts 7 times in minor league games

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Kevin Pillar was back in the minors for a bunt-fest. The Toronto Blue Jays center fielder spent Sunday switching from a Triple-A exhibition game to a Double-A contest on adjacent fields, attempting to reach on bunt singles in all seven at-bats. Pillar might need a little more practice - he went 0 for 7. ''It's something that I want to have as a tool, something...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Toronto Blue Jays win the AL East?

The Toronto Blue Jays enter the 2017 season missing one of their most feared sluggers, Edwin Encarnación, as he left the team for the Cleveland Indians in free agency. All is not lost for the Blue Jays however, as they have former MVP Josh Donaldson and José Bautista returning to the team. Will the current team be enough to overtake the well-rounded Boston Red Sox? The Jays certainly...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jays reliever TJ House hit in head by line drive

Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House has been taken off the field in an ambulance after being hit in the head by a line drive in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Lakeland, Florida. The 27-year-old left-hander was struck by John Hicks' sharply hit ball. House was face down on the mound for nearly 20 minutes , tended to by trainers as the...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista wants to play rest of career in Toronto

After coming dangerously close to leaving the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this offseason, Jose Bautista now says he would be content with staying put for the rest of his pro baseball days.In a recent interview with Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, Bautista said he would like to spend the rest of his career in Toronto.“If you ask me, I’d like to stay here the rest of my career...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Noah Syndergaard has no problem with bat flipping by opponents

Spring training has already been underway for a couple of weeks, which means soon enough we will be in prime “bat flipping hot take” season. You won’t hear any such talk from New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard however. He also told the New York Post that he’d even respect someone who flipped a bat in his face if such an act were to occur.“Just sheer enjoyment and excitement...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Look Here For Your Justin Smoak Optimism

I’ll admit from the top that this is just an experiment. But anyway, I won’t waste your time. Justin Smoak is 30 years old. He’s coming off a 90 wRC+ and a WAR of -0.1. He already has seven seasons of big-league experience, and in precisely zero of those has he measured in at even one win above replacement. Relative to what he was as a prospect, he’s been extremely disappointing...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets ace Noah Syndergaard will appear in upcoming season of ‘Game of Thrones’

Thor is coming to Westeros.Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that Noah Syndergaard filmed a cameo on Game of Thrones in Spain back in November. The New York Mets’ star won’t play a vital role in season seven, but will appear in a cameo: Game of Thrones is no stranger to celebrity cameos, as metal band Mastodon played members of the Wildlings back in season five. Icelandic...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss

John Gibbons on Jose Bautista: ‘Never seen him look so good’

The early returns on the Toronto Blue Jays’ decision to re-sign Jose Bautista are quite promising. Just ask Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.“Tell you what, I’ve never seen him look so good,” Gibbons said Thursday of the 36-year-old Bautista, via the Toronto Sun. “He’s in great shape, he looks stronger, he’s in a good frame of mind.”It didn’t appear at several points...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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