Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

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Blue Jays signed INF Ramon Santiago to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He'll make $1.1 million if he cracks the Opening Day roster. Santiago is 35 years old and a weak .243/.314/.330 career hitter at the major league level, though he provides a solid glove at multiple positions. He should have a good shot at landing a utility job.
Jan 29 - 2:29 PM

Casey Janssen will make a $3.5 million salary with the Nationals this season.

It was reported that Janssen will be guaranteed $5 million in the deal, but the additional $1.5 million is part of a mutual option for 2016. The 33-year-old is expected to function as a set-up man for Washington and provides insurance for closer Drew Storen.
Jan 28 - 2:21 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals have signed reliever Casey Janssen to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal includes a mutual option for 2016. Janssen should at least be a candidate for the set-up role following the Tyler Clippard trade, but he could find himself in the mix for saves if Drew Storen stumbles. The 33-year-old posted a 3.94 ERA and 28/7 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings last season while going 25-for-30 in save chances.
Jan 28 - 10:45 AM

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays have ended talks for Orioles GM Dan Duquette.

The Jays wanted to name Duquette their new CEO and Duquette reportedly wanted to accept the gig, but O's owner Peter Angelos would not let him go without a substantial return package. Davidi says the negotiations centered around right-hander Jeff Hoffman, the ninth overall pick in 2014, and two other minor leaguers. Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun hears that catcher Max Pentecost, the 11th overall pick in 2014, was also discussed. Duquette has been tremendously successful in the Orioles' front office and would have been a nice addition for the Blue Jays, but the asking price understandably rang too high for Toronto.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jan 26 - 9:33 AM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, 2014 first-round pick Jeff Hoffman has been discussed as compensation in the Blue Jays' possible acquisition of executive Dan Duquette.

Duquette has had tremendous success as the Orioles' general manager, but the Jays asked him to become their new CEO and Duquette reportedly wants the job. This has been a story since the week before the Winter Meetings and it seems a resolution may finally be coming. Hoffman, a well-polished right-hander out of East Carolina, was considered one of the top players in the 2014 draft class before he underwent Tommy John surgery. He wound up going ninth to Toronto. It'd be a nice get for Baltimore.
Jan 22 - 1:32 PM

Aaron Sanchez said Thursday that he is open to serving any role for the Blue Jays in 2015.

Sanchez excelled in a relief role last season for Toronto, but he was a terrific starter in the minors and should get serious consideration for a rotation spot this spring. "I would like to start but I understand the situation," Sanchez said. "We have a good team this year and have a chance to win a lot of ballgames and if that means me pitching at the back-end of the bullpen helps this team win more games then obviously that’s what I’m here to do."
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jan 22 - 12:28 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals have checked in on free agent right-hander Casey Janssen.

The Nationals are in the market for bullpen help according to Rosenthal, and the former Jays closer could be a nice fit in a setup capacity after Tyler Clippard was dealt to the Athletics earlier in the week. It appears there are major changes coming in Washington, so stay tuned.
Jan 18 - 6:14 PM

Danny Valencia requested $1.675 million and was offered $1.25 million from the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com had projected Valencia to earn $1.7 million, so it appears the Blue Jays will be getting a bargain wherever the two sides eventually settle. He'll be nothing more than a role player on the 2015 Blue Jays, seeing the majority of his work against southpaws.
Jan 16 - 8:26 PM

Josh Donaldson requested $5.75 million and was offered $4.3 million by the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Donaldson to earn $4.5 million in his first year of arbitration. The gap between the two numbers is pretty sizable, so obviously significant ground will have to be made up in order to avoid a hearing next month.
Jan 16 - 5:11 PM

Blue Jays re-signed INF Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kawasaki hit .258/.327/.296 in 82 games with the Blue Jays last season. He'll again serve as infield depth.
Jan 16 - 3:44 PM

Blue Jays sent RHP Cory Burns outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will be invited to spring training. Burns spent all of last season in the minors, holding a 4.95 ERA.
Jan 16 - 3:01 PM

Blue Jays and RHP Marco Estrada avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

It was Estrada's final year of arbitration eligibility. He holds a 3.97 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 388/102 K/BB ratio over 417 innings over the past three seasons and is likely to be a swingman in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:17 PM

Blue Jays and OF Michael Saunders avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.875 million contract.

It's right at the $2.9 million MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to earn in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Acquired via trade from the Mariners in December, Saunders batted batting .273/.341/.450 over 78 games in an injury-shortened 2014 campaign. He'll be the Blue Jays' left fielder in 2015.
Jan 16 - 12:41 PM

Blue Jays and LHP Brett Cecil avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.475 million contract.

Cecil made $1.3 million last season while posting a 2.70 ERA with five saves and a 76/27 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the final time next winter.
Jan 15 - 4:09 PM

Blue Jays signed OF Andy Dirks to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Dirks, who turns 29 next week, was non-tendered by the Tigers in December. Dirks batted .256/.323/.363 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 484 plate appearances in 2013. He underwent back surgery in March, then strained his hamstring in August during a game with Triple-A Toledo.
Jan 15 - 2:37 PM


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