Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

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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

Raul Valdes has elected free agency.

Valdes was acquired from the Astros in May to provide bullpen depth, but never made it to the big league level with the Blue Jays. The 36-year-old posted a 4.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 78/24 K/BB ratio over 81 innings at Triple-A Buffalo. He'll look to continue his career elsewhere on a minor league pact.
Oct 4 - 4:01 PM

Brad Mills has elected free agency.

The 29-year-old southpaw hurled 20 2/3 innings at the Major League level between the Athletics and Blue Jays in 2014, compiling a 9.15 ERA, 1.94 WHIP and 19/11 K/BB ratio. With the ability to start and pitch in relief, there should be other squads willing to take a chance on him on a minor league deal.
Oct 4 - 3:59 PM

Bobby Korecky has elected free agency.

The veteran right-hander decided he would rather look elsewhere than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Buffalo. The 35-year-old hurler owns a career 7.39 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over 28 big league innings.
Oct 4 - 3:46 PM

Jonathan Diaz has elected free agency.

The 29-year-old utilityman appeared in just 23 games for the Jays during the 2014 season, hitting a minuscule .158/.256/.184 in 38 at-bats. He'll look to find another situation where he can compete for a reserve role on a minor league deal.
Oct 4 - 2:50 PM

Darin Mastroianni has elected free agency.

The speedy outfielder was outrighted off of the Blue Jays 40-man roster in September. While he has blazing speed, he just hasn't proven the ability to hit major league pitching, slashing a dreadful .116/.136/.186 in 43 at-bats between the Jays and Twins in 2014. He'll look to continue his career elsewhere on a minor league pact.
Oct 4 - 1:07 PM

Dan Johnson has elected free agency.

The 35-year-old was outrighted off the 40-man roster earlier in the week. He struggled in his 15 games with the Blue Jays in 2014, and slashed .232/.381/.434 with 18 homers and 56 games in 107 contests at Triple-A Buffalo. He'll look to secure a minor league deal and spring training invitation elsewhere.
Oct 4 - 1:04 PM


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