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Monday, December 15, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays eye Washington Nationals’ Mike Rizzo as CEO replacement - ESPN

The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager, as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO, two industry sources told ESPN.com.

Rizzo joins Baltimore’s Dan Duquette, Minnesota’s Terry Ryan and Kenny Williams of the Chicago White Sox as the latest baseball executive to be mentioned as a possibility to succeed Beeston, whose future with the Toronto organization has been shrouded in mystery of late.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 06:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Brett Lawrie Surprises Little Girl Who Cried Over His Trade From The Blue Jays

Brett Lawrie = good dude

The Toronto Blue Jays recently acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infielder Brett Lawrie and a few other players. While many Blue Jays fans would agree that the trade helped the team, one six-year-old fan was heartbroken over losing her precious Lawrie.

Lawrie deserves the good guy award. He tracked down his heartbroken fan named Ameilia and spent some time with her, hanging out and grabbing some pizza.

eddieot Posted: December 14, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brett lawrie, oakland a's

Sunday, December 07, 2014

2014 Toronto Blue Jays Holiday Special

From the YouTube account that brought you recaps of Blue Jays seasons in the style of classic RPG games, it’s the 2014 Blue Jays Holiday Special!  Features Brett Lawrie, Alex Anthopoulos, Jose Bautista, Fergie Oliver, catcher of the future Max Pencarnacion and a special guest appearance by Bob McCown.


Belgian Outfielder Sam Buelens signs with Toronto Blue Jays

After Thomas de Wolf signed with the New York Mets in 2008 to become the first player born and raised in Belgium in the Minor Leagues, Belgian Baseball has a second prospect. 18-year-old outfielder Sam Buelens, who becomes 19 on December 27, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 2014 Buelens played for the Borgerhout Squirrels and won the championship in the Belgian Division I. He appeared in 34 games and batted .348 (OBP .448/SLG .430) with six extra base hits, 50 runs, 23 RBI and 31 stolen bases (in as many attempts).

Good cripple hitter Posted: December 07, 2014 at 01:39 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: belgium, blue jays, double christmas, prospects

Dan Duquette a candidate to become Blue Jays CEO

AA+DD=??

Sources: The Blue Jays’ ownership is actively seeking a replacement for longtime CEO Paul Beeston. Dan Duquette among candidates discussed.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 07, 2014 at 12:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, front office, orioles, poaching

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Mariners, Blue Jays Swap Michael Saunders, J.A. Happ

Just Adequate.

The Mariners have acquired lefty J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Michael Saunders, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports on Twitter.

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2014 at 06:05 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, j.a. happ, mariners, michael saunders, trades, transactions

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Beane not afraid to take a chance to make A’s better | MLB.com

I agree. One of the things that separates the best GMs from the mediocre ones is the confidence to trust their talent evaluators and pull the trigger on deals, even risky ones.

Beane doesn’t play scared. He’s unafraid to take a chance, to rework what already seems to be working. There’s a beauty, both in the guts to do it and in the vision to see what others can’t.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, josh donaldson, trades

Making sense of A’s trade of All-Star Donaldson to Blue Jays | FOX Sports

A GM should have no untouchables. Like with Donaldson, a GM might not want to deal a player but once the return gets high enough you have to pull the trigger. If his scouts and his number crunchers like the players, he makes the deal. After making the deal it’s up to the player development people and the major league coaches to get the most out of the acquired players. Granted the A’s are losing five years of Donaldson but they are potentially getting a lot years from the new guys. With the A’s track record, I’d say the chances the Beane will come out looking good on this deal ten years from now are pretty good.

Gold-Glove caliber defenders who offer power and durability rarely become available with this much service time remaining. And truth be told, Donaldson wasn’t available, at least not the first time the Blue Jays asked in October.

But Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos called Beane again last weekend and essentially said, “What if I really made it worth your while?”

Anthopoulos did. And on Friday night, Beane moved Donaldson in what is certain to be one of his most scrutinized deals yet — and yes, that is saying something.

....

I have no idea where Beane is going with all this. I have no idea what kind of team the Athletics will be next season. All I know is that Beane just traded four years of Josh Donaldson. And that at first blush, many will find it difficult to accept this move.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, brett lawrie, josh donaldson, trades

By trading Josh Donaldson, the A’s were just being themselves - Yahoo Sports

Every trade is a risk.

It’s the sort of risk the A’s always need to take because they’re the A’s. Thriving as a have-not in a sport rife with haves takes not just the gall to make moves like this but the ability to make them work when the future is as certain as the wind. Oakland took a risk by trading Josh Donaldson, the sort of risk they must take, the sort of risk a $150 million team like the Blue Jays needn’t. No one – not even those who run the A’s and love the deal – can say for sure whether it was a good one. The last time Josh Donaldson was traded, remember, it took five years for the deal to even matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, trades

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pablo Sandoval leaning toward Red Sox, to decide next week — Padres have highest offer, all offers on table (including SF Giants’) - John Shea

I hear Pablo Sandoval has received his highest contract offer from the Padres but is leaning toward accepting an offer from the Red Sox, though events could change in a hurry.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, padres, red sox

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Red Sox offer for Pablo Sandoval might be in the lead - Sports - The Boston Globe

A major league source indicated the Red Sox’ five-year, $95 million offer may be in the lead over Sandoval’s offers from the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres.

It’s not certain whether any of the teams have offered a sixth-year option.

Sandoval would like to make a decision soon. He visited the Red Sox Monday and Tuesday and came away with an offer.
...
During an interview with a San Francisco radio station on Thursday, Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans expressed hope that Sandoval, one of the more popular Giants players, would return to the Bay Area. He also said Sandoval was likely to make his decision before Thanksgiving.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Examining our assumptions about Pablo Sandoval

It’s dangerous using run-based park factors in projecting a batter’s performance in a new park. Some hitters are particularly suited for specific parks. From what I’ve seen I’d expect him to get a pretty nice boast coming to Fenway.

(Sandoval should expect a boost in his numbers if he moves from AT&T Park in San Francisco to Fenway Park — but not as much as you might think. Sandoval’s adjusted OPS+ last season was 111, the same as that of Brett Gardner, who posted a .749 OPS in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. That probably gives you an idea of how Sandoval’s numbers should be viewed. A .739 OPS doesn’t become an .800 OPS just by changing stadiums.)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Full Count » Sources: Blue Jays continue to show interest in Jon Lester

The Blue Jays are in spending mode. They must have realized most of their core is getting up there.

According to Cots Contracts, the Blue Jays’ payroll landed at $137,770,000 last season, with Mark Buehrle slated to make the most money of any player on the roster in ’15 ($19 million).

Buehrle at $19 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jon lester

Monday, November 17, 2014


Friday, November 14, 2014

New Blue Jays infielder Travis oozing with talent | Elliot

Oozing? No. He’s not even leaking some talent. I wouldn’t even go so far to say he has scabs of talent. His talent is completely contained within a protective layer of skin.

“I looked right past him at Florida State,” said the evaluator, “then I saw him in the Arizona Fall League last year. Impressive. He makes solid contact and doesn’t strike out a lot. I’ve heard some people throw a Howie Kendrick on him. He might be a second base version of Bill Madlock.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, tigers

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blue Jays, Tigers Swap Anthony Gose, Devon Travis

Is “Devon Travis” the most soap opera-y name since “Blake Hawksworth”?

Wait, there aren’t soap operas anymore, are there.

The Blue Jays announced that they have acquired second base prospect Devon Travis from the Tigers in exchange for center fielder Anthony Gose…

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski tells Lynn Henning of the Detroit News (Twitter link) that Gose will play center field regularly for the Tigers if all goes according to plan. The fleet-footed Gose is known to be an outstanding defender with a questionable bat, though he carried a fair amount of hype upon reaching the Majors in 2012, as he’d previously ranked as a Top 100 prospect according to Baseball America, MLB.com, Baseball Prospectus and ESPN.

Gose hasn’t hit much in his time in the bigs, compiling a .234/.301/.332 batting line with five homers and 34 steals (in 45 tries) over 616 plate appearances. However, Gose is still just 24 years of age… He’s under team control through the 2019 season and won’t be eligible for arbitration until at least the 2016-17 offseason…

Baseball America ranked Travis as the game’s No. 84 prospect heading into the 2014 season and just today ranked him as the No. 1 prospect in Detroit’s minor league system (though ESPN’s Keith Law still tweets that he considers Travis a “non-prospect)... The 23-year-old appeared in 100 games at Double-A Erie in 2014, batting .298/.358/.460 with 10 homers in 441 plate appearances.

The District Attorney Posted: November 13, 2014 at 12:34 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony gose, blue jays, devon travis, tigers, trades, transactions

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blue Jays won’t let others dictate off-season - Sportsnet.ca

The part about the Jays signing Martin because they “have enough positions in flux” so he can move to another position is funny.

As I reported last week the Blue Jays will take a shot at signing free-agent catcher Russell Martin, who is said by some industry insiders to already be leaning in the Chicago Cubs direction. Martin wants a contract worth between $75-$80 million over five years, similar to or a little more than the deal Brian McCann received from the New York Yankees last winter. An intriguing component might be Martin’s oft-stated desire to move out from behind the plate at some point, and while it challenges the bounds of reality to see him at shortstop, the Blue Jays have enough positions in flux that it might prove to be a bit of a carrot for Martin.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 07:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, russell martin

Monday, November 03, 2014

Adam Lind and Baseball’s Worst Position | FanGraphs Baseball

Will Lind solve the Brewers hole at first base?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, blue jays, brewers, marco estrada

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Brewers, Blue Jays Swap Adam Lind, Marco Estrada

The Cheesehead Nightingale?

The Brewers have acquired 1B/OF Adam Lind from the Blue Jays, possibly pending physicals, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweets. SportsNet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith initially reported the two sides were close to a deal. The Jays will receive righty Marco Estrada in return, Andrew Walker of Sports590.ca tweets.

The Blue Jays exercised Lind’s $7.5MM option on Lind earlier today, and Lind’s contract also includes a 2016 option for $8MM, or a $500K buyout… Lind hit .321/.381/.479 in 290 plate appearances this season, but the Jays’ acquisition of another lefty first baseman, Justin Smoak, last week was a possible indication that they were planning for Lind’s departure…

Estrada posted a 4.36 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 for the Brewers in 2014. He’s entering his last season of arbitration eligibility (in which he’s projected to make $4.7MM) before he can become a free agent… The Blue Jays currently appear mostly set in their rotation, particularly after picking up J.A. Happ‘s option last night, so Estrada could be ticketed for the bullpen.

The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, blue jays, brewers, marco estrada, trades, transactions

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blue Jays to play Reds in Olympic Stadium on April 3 and 4

Youppi!

Since a report from Montreal’s 98.5 FM’s Jeremy Filosa way back in mid-August that the Blue Jays were playing two spring training exhibition games at Olympic Stadium, there have been multiple confirmations by both Toronto (Shi Davidi) and national (Jon Morosi) reporters. Now we have a semi-official confirmation of the event: the two games now appear on both the Blue Jays’ and the Reds’ April schedules, as noticed by the eagle-eyed Rob Silver:

As of time of writing, event details have not been made available on the evenko website.

Like earlier in 2014, two games will be played: a 7:07 pm evening game on Friday, April 3 and a 1:07 matinee on Saturday, April 4. We are just 154 days and 2 hours away from baseball’s return to Canada.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 05:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, montreal, olympic stadium, reds

Friday, October 17, 2014

Al Oliver on the 1985 ALCS & the Canadian National Anthem

We’re down 2-1 in Game 7 of the 1985 American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals. Willie Upshaw just smashed a double to right field off left-hander Charlie Leibrandt, scoring our second baseman Damaso Garcia. I’m standing in the on-deck circle. I have a career .303 average and almost 2750 hits in the major leagues, plus three more in this series, including two game-winners – and I’m not looking toward my manager, because I know what’s coming.


The end of my life as a ballplayer.

djordan Posted: October 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: al oliver, alcs, blue jays, mlb

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Sportsnet: Davidi: Lack of trust impacted 2014 Blue Jays all season

A lack of talent also didn’t help.

While some [players] would have been content with Prado and a reliever, others were angry that the Blue Jays couldn’t pull off a bigger deal for someone like David Price, Jeff Samardzija or Jon Lester. When told of the asking prices – it started at Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchison for the first two, and Bautista for option three – a few players balked, refusing to believe the acquisition cost was so high. “If they didn’t get that, how can they ask for it?” queried one suspicious player.

Boileryard Posted: October 07, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Friday, September 19, 2014

Araton: The Other Side of a Derek Jeter Hustle Play

Huckaby is not Huckabeelzebub…that’s that other guy.

The young man from the Lansing Lugnuts’ front office offered an email address for Ken Huckaby. “You’re welcome to try, but I should tell you that someone did a story recently on the Derek Jeter thing and Ken kind of regretted it,” said Ben Owen, the team’s digital media and marketing manager.

Late last month, SportsNet, a Canadian network, published the article on its website with the headline “Huckaby Had Lasting Impact on Jays, Jeter.” According to Owen, Huckaby, who is a hitting coach with Toronto’s Class A team, climbed aboard the bus that night and was immediately chagrined that several players, on their digital devices, were transfixed by his brush with fame — or infamy — 11 years ago on opening night in Toronto.

The last thing Huckaby intended was to cast himself as an extra in another Jeter extravaganza, his impending retirement, after how his first cameo worked out.

...Actually, Huckaby had a pretty good notion on opening night in 2003, and presumably is trying to teach young players with greater skills than he had to use Jeter as their role model: Play every day as if your day’s pay is at stake. That should be the reverberating message over the next 10 days as Jeter, saluted all season, receives his final, deserved rewards.

But he also might consider giving one thing back — or taking back — a rare misstep made across nearly two decades of brilliance. Call up the Lansing Lugnuts, get a contact for the old catcher who 11 years ago landed on him with his tools of ignorance. Tell Ken Huckaby that he gets it now, he respects the effort, and leave it at that.

Repoz Posted: September 19, 2014 at 09:09 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, history, yankees

Thursday, September 18, 2014

RASMUS OPENS UP ABOUT JAYS TENURE, FUTURE, PAST

TSN.ca: Baseball has been such a huge part of your life. The Little League World Series tape is famous. There you are doing your thing, playing way back in the day and you worked so hard at it even at a younger age. How would you describe your relationship with the sport? How do you feel about baseball?

RASMUS: It’s a love-hate relationship, no doubt. A lot of times I just feel like I want to be able to enjoy it but it’s so hard for me now to just flip that switch. I don’t know how to. Last year I started getting back into that feeling like I was having fun and enjoying it but man, some people who have done this longer than me and there are better players than me and I realize that but it’s been a crazy ride as far as the game goes and just the countless hours of working and trying to get better. I like to say that I worked out harder than most people because when I was growing up my focus was I know there are guys working out in wherever, all over the world trying to get better. My focus was always to be as good as those guys and make sure I did the extra reps, the extra swings in the cage. You know, taking 300, 350 swings a day in the cage. Working out on top of that, running, running hills, sleds, just all the workouts that we did were some crazy workouts. My dad on us all the time to be better, drinking four protein shakes a day filled with the nastiest stuff just bubbling and at the top, you know raw eggs and things like that. It was just crazy. Fifteen-hundred calorie shakes, four times a day and all that stuff trying to get better.

Paul D(uda) Posted: September 18, 2014 at 06:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jays pitcher Stroman suspended 6 games

Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman has been suspended six games for throwing behind the head of Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph on Monday night.

The rookie right-hander is appealing the suspension and with the Jays headed to New York for a four-game weekend set against the Yankees, it is expected that the hearing will be at major league baseball headquarters on Thursday or Friday. Stroman’s next scheduled start is Saturday in the Bronx. The 23-year-old Long Island native was also fined an undisclosed amount.

Paul D(uda) Posted: September 17, 2014 at 07:15 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, suspensions

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