Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Blue Jays acquired RHP Liam Hendriks from the Royals for C Santiago Nessy.

Hendriks was designated for assignment by the Royals earlier this week and is now headed back to Toronto, where he opened the 2014 season. The 25-year-old right-hander registered a 5.23 ERA in 32 2/3 innings this past summer between the Royals and Jays.
Oct 30 - 1:37 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Royals.

Rosenthal says a catcher will be heading to Kansas City as compensation. Hendriks actually began the 2014 season with Toronto and will now rejoin the club as organizational pitching depth. The 25-year-old right-hander owns a 5.92 career ERA in the bigs.
Oct 30 - 12:59 PM

Justin Smoak said Wednesday that he expects the Blue Jays to decline his $3.65 million option for 2015 and negotiate a new deal.

It's not a big surprise. Smoak was just claimed off waivers from the Mariners on Tuesday. While the Blue Jays can buy out his 2015 option for $150,000, he's still under team control for one more season through the arbitration process.
Oct 29 - 2:17 PM

Blue Jays claimed 1B Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners.

The writing was on the wall in Seattle after Smoak batted just .202/.275/.339 across 80 games this season. The 27-year-old has a $3.65 million option (with a $150,000 buyout) on his contract for next season, but he's still arbitration-eligible for one more year even if the Blue Jays decline it. The addition of Smoak increases the likelihood that the Blue Jays will deal Adam Lind (or decline his option) in the coming days.
Oct 28 - 2:33 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Mark Buehrle "will be made available in a trade."

The problem, of course, is that Buehrle is slated to earn $19 million in the final year of his contract, so the Blue Jays will surely have to pick up a nice chunk of the money in order to move him. The good news is that Buehrle is the most durable starter in the game and is coming off a season where he posted a 3.39 ERA. Toronto has R.A. Dickey, Drew Hutchison, Marcus Stroman and possibly J.A. Happ locked into rotation spots next year and guys like Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris ready to assume spots soon, so it's not surprising that they'd try to shop Buehrle.
Source: Boston Globe
Oct 26 - 1:43 PM

Royals designated RHP Liam Hendriks for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Moises Sierra who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Friday. The 25-year-old Australian hurler appeared in nine games between the Blue Jays and Royals in 2014, compiling a 5.23 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings. With the ability to start and work in relief, he shouldn't have any trouble finding another team willing to give him a shot.
Oct 25 - 8:45 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Blue Jays have begun contract talks with Melky Cabrera.

Heyman hears Toronto is "willing to offer at least a three-year deal" to the impending free agent outfielder, who batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 139 games this season. If an agreement isn't reached before the deadline for free agent filing, the Jays will make Cabrera a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer so they can get draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. Melky turned 30 years old in August.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 23 - 2:48 PM

According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays have received calls about Adam Lind.

"I hear the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams," an unnamed executive told the Sun. "I’ve heard three or four clubs." Lind struggles mightily against left-handed pitching, but he mashes righties and is only due $7.5 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016 (via a pair of club options). That relatively low price tag makes him an attractive trade target for teams that want to upgrade offensively but won't be able to compete for the bigger bats on the open market this winter.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 23 - 9:49 AM

Jose Bautista said on Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Tuesday that he believes the Blue Jays have a "50-50" chance of re-signing Melky Cabrera.

The Blue Jays are expected to make a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to Cabrera, but they'll have to compete with the open market in order to keep him. "I think he’s going to allow the team a chance to come and match any offer that he might get out on the free agent market," said Bautista. "I think the Blue Jays are going to have a shot at bringing him back, so hopefully for our fan base and for my sake – making my job easier and having him on base a lot, because he does get on base a lot with his bat – hopefully the team does take that chance and re-sign him somehow." Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 139 games this season.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Oct 22 - 11:19 AM

Blue Jays farmhand Sean Ochinko doubled, homered and drove home all five of his team's runs as Mesa defeated Surprise 5-3 in Arizona Fall League action on Friday.

The 26-year-old backstop delivered a two-run double in the sixth inning to get his squad on the board, then belted a game winning three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth. He missed 50 games during the 2014 season due to a positive test for amphetamine and hit just .213/.250/.363 with three homers and 13 RBI in 24 games between Double-A Buffalo and Triple-A New Hampshire. He's expected to begin the 2015 season back at Buffalo and could see time with the big league club in the event of an injury.
Source: MILB.com
Oct 18 - 8:38 AM

Blue Jays re-signed INF Jonathan Diaz to a minor league contract.

He'll also get a spring training invite. Diaz appeared in 23 games with the Blue Jays this past season, but spent the majority of the year at the Triple-A level. The 29-year-old will continue to provide infield depth.
Oct 15 - 1:26 PM

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said in a radio interview Friday that there have been "some conversations" with impending free agent Melky Cabrera about a new contract.

"I don’t think it’s fair for anyone to assume that there hasn’t been dialogue," Anthopoulos said. "I wouldn’t assume that there haven’t been proposals exchanged." However, the GM indicated that Cabrera will test out the free agent waters. "Clearly both sides right now can’t seem to get together for various reasons," he said. Cabrera's 2014 season ended prematurely due to a broken right pinkie finger, but he had a fantastic year, batting .301/.351/.458 with 16 homers and 73 RBI over 139 games. The Blue Jays plan to make a qualifying offer to Cabrera, but the 30-year-old shouldn't have trouble netting a multi-year deal on the open market.
Source: Sportsnet
Oct 10 - 12:37 PM

According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, Dan Johnson is learning to throw a knuckleball.

Johnson has been toying with the pitch for a while, but he began to get more serious about it in 2013. As someone who turned 35 in August and has bounced back and forth from the majors to the minors, the hope is that his work on the pitch will allow him to hang around a bit longer. "Why not have something else in the bag? Give yourself every chance," said Johnson. "I’m not 24 anymore. I want to help out as much as possible and still be relevant in this game." Johnson became a free agent earlier this month and should be able to latch on somewhere as a spring training invite.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Oct 9 - 5:10 PM

Blue Jays claimed RHP Bo Schultz off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

Schultz made four appearances with the Diamondbacks this season, but spent most of the year at the Triple-A level, posting an ugly 6.18 ERA over 23 starts and five relief appearances. Assuming he sticks around with the Toronto, the 29-year-old right-hander will provide some depth as a long reliever and spot starter.
Oct 7 - 3:55 PM

Daniel Norris underwent surgery Tuesday to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left elbow.

Recovery time is expected to take six weeks, so he should be fine for spring training. Norris had a cup of coffee with the Blue Jays in September, but he'll likely begin 2015 in the minors. However, it shouldn't be long before he's around for good. He's definitely someone to have on your radar in fantasy leagues.
Oct 7 - 1:24 PM


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