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Tigers Trade David Price to Blue Jays

Just a couple days after landing star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the Toronto Blue Jays have come away with the top pitcher on the market, David Price. The Dodgers, Giants and Yankees also showed strong interest in Price.  Blue Jays prospect Daniel Morris will be heading back to the Tigers likely with outfielder Anthony Alford.  the deal is contingent on the players involved passing  physicals, as always. Just yesterday, general manager Dave Dombrowski said he told multiple teams Wednesday afternoon that the Detroit Tigers will listen on... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Melky Cabrera Rumors

The market for free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera is heating up, with the Seattle Mariners reportedly leading the pack. Cabrera became a free agent after declining the qualifying offer extended to him by the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s looking to get four or five years and $55-65 million. The 30 year old Cabrera played the last two seasons with the Blue Jays after he signed a two year $16 million commitment with them. Prior to that he had a career season with the San Francisco Giants, posting a .346/.390/.516 batting line. However, his season... 
 

Busy Blue Jays Sign Justin Smoak, Trade For Michael Saunders

The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a one-year, $1 million deal, and sent lefty J.A. Happ to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Michael Saunders, The Blue Jays claimed the 27-year-old Smoak in October, but non-tendered him on Tuesday to avoid paying him approximately $3 million in arbitration. Smoak played in 80 games last season for the Seattle Mariners, batting .202 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs. Happ, 32, went 11-11, with a 4.22 ERA, in 28 starts for the Blue Jays this year and solidifies a rotation... 
 

Blue Jays All in After Acquiring Josh Donaldson from A’s

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for third baseman Brett Lawrie, international free agent Franklin Barreto and pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman. It’s been a busy offseason for the Jays, who signed catcher Russell Martin to a five year deal earlier. They’re serious about reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Meanwhile, the A’s continue to retool their roster as they always seem to do under General Manager Billy Beane. The 29 year-old Donaldson... 
 

Jose Bautista Keeping Blue Jays in Wild Card Race

The Toronto Blue Jays got off to a hot start in the 2014 season. One June 6 they owned a 38-24 record and enjoyed a six game lead in the American League East. As late as July 2 they were in sole possession of first place. However, things have unraveled from there. The Baltimore Orioles have all but clinched the division, while the Jays are clinging on to slim hopes in the Wild Card race. At 76-69, they are 3.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the second wild card berth. One player that has helped the Jays stay in the race is right-fielder... 
 

Blue Jays Add Prospect Aaron Sanchez to Bullpen

The Toronto Blue Jays will add highly-touted right-hander Aaron Sanchez to the roster in hopes of shoring up the Jays bullpen. Sanchez was just promoted to Buffalo last month and was 0-3 with a 4.19 ERA for the Bisons, starting six games before moving to the bullpen to monitor his innings pitched. Sanchez was a first-round draft pick in the 2010 MLB Draft and ranked as a consensus top-50 prospect coming into this season. “We really felt he started to turn the corner as a starter,’’ said GM Alex Anthopoulos. That said like many young pitchers,... 
 

Blue Jays Rumors: Encarnacion Will Get MRI, David Price in Play?

The Toronto Blue Jays suffered a 5-1 loss to the Oakland A’s on Saturday, but the loss of  Edwin Encarnacion may be devastating. In the first inning Encarnacion was attempting to beat out a groundball when he suffered the injury and collapsed to the ground after reaching first base.  Encarnacion was helped off the filed by Blue Jays trainers.  “I felt [a] pop before I touched the base,” Encarnacion said. “That’s why, after I touched the base, I let my body go to the ground because I felt a lot of pain.” Encarnacion... 
 

Rays Down Blue Jays Behind Chris Archer, Evan Longoria

The Tampa Bay Rays bounced back to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Thurday night behind a solid pitching performance from Chris Archer and a three run home run from Evan Longoria. Archer, who signed a $25.5 million dollar, six year deal Wednesday, worked through six innings, allowing two runs. He allowed four hits and struck out seven, issuing two walks. Still, Archer wasn’t satisfied with his performance. “I fell behind way too many times, that’s not the type of pitcher I want to be.” He also added, “I think... 
 

Buehrle, Bautista, Blue Jays Too Much For Rays

ST.PETERSBURG, Fl.– Mark Buehrle pitched into the ninth inning, Jose Bautista hit two solo home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays for the second straight night 3-0. The win ends a winless road series streak against Tampa Bay for Toronto. The Blue Jays have not won a road series against the Rays since 2007. From the start Buehrle was masterful, allowing just four hits and striking out 11. He allowed one walk and missed his 29th complete game by one out. It was just the second time in 430 major league starts, Buehrle has... 
 

Blue Jays Bounce Back, Beat Rays 4-2

ST.PETERSBURG, Fl. — Toronto’s  Drew Hutchison pitched into the sixth inning, allowing just three hits to Tampa Bay, and Adam Lind gave the Blue Jays all the run support that was needed with a first inning three run homer to beat the Rays 4-2. Sergio Santos finished off a somewhat shaky ninth to earn his first save of the season. The Blue Jays lost the season opener to the Rays 9-2 on Monday. “I wasn’t sharp early at all, kind of grinded through that one,” Hutchison said. “I think coming out of spring training... 
 

Three Teams That Could Be Turnaround Stories in 2014

Nearly every year, a team that wasn’t a contender the previous year comes out of the woodwork and surprises everybody by making the playoffs. Last season it was the Cleveland Indians who improved from 68-94 to 92-70, and claimed a Wild Card berth. The previous year the Baltimore Orioles surprised pundits by putting together their first winning season since 1997, and vaulting their way to the Wild Card playoff with a 93-69 record. The Boston Red Sox made a huge turnaround from a 69 win 2012 season to win 97 regular season games and the... 
 

Blue Jays Would Trade Colby Rasmus For Pitching

Despite adding R.A. Dickey,  Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson last year the Toronto Blue Jays suffered a disappointing 2013 season and are in the market for starting pitching, according to Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun. The Blue Jays are willing to trade Colby Rasmus in order to satisfy their needs and reportedly have had discussion with two teams on a deal, though nothing is imminent. Rasmus, 27 , hit 276/.338/.501 with 22 homers in 118 games for Toronto and is a solid defender in center field. Rasmus will be a free-agent after next season, and... 
 

Roy Halladay Will Retire With Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays has announced a one day contract for right-hander Roy Halladay in which he will announce his retirement from Major League Baseball. Halladay, 36, missed the majority of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery that curtailed the remainder of the season. Halladay debuted with Toronto in 1998 and would spend the first 12 years of his MLB career with the Jays. He finished with a 4-5 record with a 6.82 ERA in 13 starts in 2013. Halladay  closes a remarkable career with a 203-105 record and a 3.3 ERA with 2117 strikeouts... 
 

Toronto Blue Jays Reach Agreement With Dioner Navarro

The Toronto Blue Jays have reached an agreement with catcher Dioner Navarro  on a two-year deal worth $8 million. The deal is pending a physical according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Navarro had one of his best seasons in 2013 hitting a career-high 13 home runs while batting .300/.365/492 in 89 games in a backup role with the Cubs. Navarro played five seasons with the Rays, where he was an All-Star in 2008, and he also has been with the Yankees, Dodgers and Reds.  the addition of Navarro gives the Blue Jays for catchers on their 40 man roster... 
 

Edwin Encarnacion’s Fantastic Year for Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion had another great year with the bat in 2013. He posted a .272/.370/.534 line with a 148 wRC+ that was 6th in the AL. This was on the heels of a 2012 season where Encarnacion managed a 151 wRC+. In his late-career resurgence, Encarnacion has become the rarest of players, a power hitter that rarely strikes out. Only Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera had more home runs than Encarnacion’s 36. The previous year, Encarnacion slammed 42 home runs. Meanwhile, Encarnacion struck out in only 10% of his plate... 
 
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