Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

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Dalton Pompey doubled, singled, walked and played all three outfield spots as the Blue Jays beat the Pirates 4-1 on Wednesday.

For the second day in a row, John Gibbons kept flip-flopping his outfielders mid-game. Yesterday, Pompey started in center and Kevin Pillar in left. Today, it was reversed, though Pompey later moved to center, then to right and finally back to left. Pompey appears set to open the season as the Jays' starter in center, but the team clearly wants to keep its options open.
Mar 4 - 4:54 PM

Marcus Stroman pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed an unearned run and two hits Wednesday in his start versus the Pirates.

Stroman enters his sophomore campaign with high expectations, especially from the fantasy community. He does seem like a great bet to take a leap forward, but since he works in the tough AL East and pitches half of his games in a ballpark that yields plenty of homers, he might not post the ERA that some are anticipating.
Mar 4 - 4:53 PM

Aaron Sanchez gave up five runs -- two earned -- and four hits in 1 1/3 innings Tuesday in his start against the Pirates.

Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer off him after a tough error on Josh Donaldson in the first (it was a soft dribbler and not an easy play), leading to the unearned runs. The Blue Jays haven't yet committed to Sanchez as a starter or a reliever, and one bad outing won't factor into their thinking overly much. We're guessing he begins the year in the pen, perhaps in the closer's role.
Mar 3 - 4:56 PM

Ryan Goins singled twice Tuesday before striking out bunting in the ninth of Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

Goins was sent up to sacrifice with two men on in the ninth, but he showed poor technique and failed three times to get the bunt down, erasing any good feelings left over from his two knocks earlier in the contest. Goins is battling Maicer Izturis and Devon Travis for the second base job in Toronto, with Ramon Santiago and Steve Tolleson on the fringes of the race. Goins offers the best glove of the group, but he's mostly gotten the bat knocked out of his hands during previous major league stints.
Mar 3 - 4:51 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wouldn't commit to using Brett Cecil as his closer, according to John Lott of the National Post.

Gibbons was ambivalent about having Cecil close, saying, "He could do it. He might not. It might be somebody else." Aaron Sanchez is the other candidate to grab the role. Alternatively, Gibbons could play match-ups with both pitchers. Cecil, since becoming a full-time reliever in 2013, has a 2.76 ERA and a 146/50 K/BB ratio in 114 innings over the last two seasons.
Mar 3 - 12:04 PM

Johan Santana will begin his throwing program on Tuesday.

Santana, 35, is attempting to make it back to the major leagues for the first time since 2012. In the time since, he has undergone major shoulder surgery and suffered an Achilles injury last season. If Santana has a worry-free spring, the left-hander could join the Blue Jays' rotation at some point in April, though he is reportedly "highly unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day. He will earn a $2.5 million salary with contract incentives that could pay him more should he make the major league roster.
Mar 3 - 8:48 AM

Blue Jays signed OF Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal will pay Viciedo $2.5 million if he makes the team out of spring. Viciedo can be a useful player against left-handed pitching, but his days as a viable everyday starting outfielder have gone. Viciedo hit 21 homers last season, so at the very least he can provide some additional pop for the Jays.
Feb 28 - 8:55 PM

A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Blue Jays and OF Dayan Viciedo have agreed on a minor league deal.

No terms were known. Viciedo was cut loose by the White Sox but still has some value as a right-handed power hitter. The 25-year-old hit 21 homers in 523 at-bats this past season. With Michael Saunders out for a period of time to start the year, he could see time as a starter with the Jays in the early going if he breaks camp with the club.
Feb 28 - 8:19 PM

Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery Friday to remove 60 percent of the meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

Initially, the Blue Jays feared he'd be sidelined until around the All-Star break. But the tear wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been and the surgeons were able to fix it simply by trimming the meniscus. With a return set around mid-April, the Jays are no longer forced to scrounge up a suitable replacement and will roll with in-house options to cover left field until Saunders is recovered.
Feb 27 - 7:09 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics and Blue Jays are among the teams talking to Dayan Viciedo.

Both clubs have an opening in left field following Michael Saunders' (knee) injury, so it makes sense. Viciedo is a poor defender and has a career .298 OPS, but he's also slugged 60 homers over the last three seasons. His ideal landing spot for fantasy purposes would be in Toronto, where his power would play well at Rogers Centre.
Feb 27 - 5:44 PM

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Johan Santana (shoulder, Achilles) is "highly unlikely" to be ready by Opening Day.

Santana hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012, as he missed 2013 while recovering from a second major shoulder surgery and 2014 after blowing out his Achilles. He had a minor setback with his shoulder earlier this offseason, but delaying his start to 2015 likely is just so he can build up some stamina. The Blue Jays are viewing Santana as a starter, and he could be part of the rotation at some point in April if all goes well. The lefty has an opt-out clause in his contract on April 28 and will make $2.5 million plus incentives when on the big league roster.
Feb 27 - 11:04 AM

Gregor Chisholm of writes that Kevin Pillar could be the "most likely candidate" to start in left field following the injury to Michael Saunders (knee).

He'll compete with Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Dickerson and possibly even infielder Danny Valencia, who has never played the outfield at the major league level. There's also Andy Dirks, but he's likely to begin the season at extended spring training after being limited to 14 rehab games in 2014 following back surgery. Pillar is a pretty underwhelming option, which is why there's probably a good chance the Jays find a solution outside the organization. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said he began making calls on Wednesday to teams with outfield depth in order to gauge trade possibilities.
Feb 26 - 7:12 PM

Blue Jays signed LHP Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He'll make a base salary of $2.5 million if in the majors. Santana last pitched in the majors in 2012 before undergoing a second major shoulder surgery. He then had his comeback attempt last season sabotaged by a torn Achilles. The veteran left-hander experienced shoulder soreness while pitching in winter ball last month, but he didn't have any structural damage and the Jays decided to take a shot on him. Slated to turn 36 next month, Santana is obviously a long shot but is worth a gamble on a minor league deal. He'll compete for the final spot in Toronto's rotation.
Feb 26 - 6:06 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Danny Valencia will see some time in left field this spring.

Toronto is scrambling all of its internal options to replace Michael Saunders, who was expected to open the 2015 season as the Blue Jays' starting left fielder but suffered a torn meniscus Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler. Saunders is expected to miss the entire first half. Valencia has never played the outfield at the major league level and is not a good bet to win the job outright, but he could see a bit of action there against left-handed starters if the Jays don't add anybody.
Feb 26 - 1:31 PM

Andy Dirks (back) is expected to begin baseball-related activities in 7-10 days.

Dirks is on the minor league side of Blue Jays camp but could move over to the major league side now that Michael Saunders is done for the first half of the 2015 regular season due to a torn left meniscus. Dirks was limited to 14 rehab games in 2014 following March surgery on his back and has been easing into spring training this year. He signed a minor league contract with Toronto in mid-January.
Feb 26 - 11:33 AM

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