Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Blue Jays re-signed INF Jon Berti to a minor league contract.

Berti, who turns 28 in January, batted just .204/.270/.314 over 65 games between High-A and Triple-A last year. He's strictly organizational depth.
Jan 15 - 1:13 PM

Marcus Stroman requested $6.9 million and was offered $6.5 million by the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

With the two sides so close, there's a decent chance that they could come to an accord rather than heading to arbitration. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors to earn $7.2 million through the arbitration process. The 26-year-old posted a 3.09 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 164/62 K/BB ratio across 201 innings for the Jays in 2017.
Jan 13 - 7:30 AM

Roberto Osuna requested $5.8 million and was offered $5.3 million by the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Osuna is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time. The 22-year-old saved 39 games while notching a 3.38 ERA last year. He punched out 83 batters and walked just nine in 64 innings.
Jan 12 - 8:32 PM

Blue Jays and RHP Dominic Leone avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.085 million contract.

Leone was eligible for arbitration for the first time. The reliever held a 2.56 ERA over 65 appearances out of the bullpen last season.
Jan 12 - 5:19 PM

Blue Jays and OF Kevin Pillar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

Pillar was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The defensive wizard batted .256/.300/.404 with 16 homers and 15 steals in 2017.
Jan 12 - 5:17 PM

Blue Jays and 2B Devon Travis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.45 million contract.

Travis was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He hit just .259/.291/.438 in an injury-shortened 2017.
Jan 12 - 1:30 PM

Blue Jays and RHP Aaron Sanchez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract.

Sanchez hit arbitration eligibility this winter. He was limited to only eight starts in 2017 because of injury.
Jan 12 - 12:37 PM

Blue Jays and 3B Josh Donaldson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $23 million contract.

The $23 million figure is a record for an arbitration-eligible player. It was reported by MLB.com's Jon Morosi last week that the Blue Jays and Donaldson were not engaged in any active long-term extension talks, so it appears that the former MVP will be allowed to hit free agency next winter. Toronto seems intent on keeping Donaldson heading into the season, but he'll be a hot trade candidate in July if they fall out of contention.
Jan 12 - 11:25 AM

Blue Jays and OF Ezequiel Carrera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.9 million contract.

Carrera was arbitration-eligible for the second time. The 30-year-old batted .282/.356/.408 with eight homers and 10 steals in 2017 and is slated to serve as a fourth outfielder in 2018.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 12 - 9:31 AM

Blue Jays acquired 3B Yangervis Solarte from the Padres for minor league OF Edward Olivares and minor league RHP Jared Carkuff.

Solarte is a career .267/.327/.419 hitter who has experience at all four infield spots, providing value to the Jays as a safeguard against injury prone infielders Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis if nothing else. Reports suggest the trade is not a precursor for a Josh Donaldson deal. The 30-year-old Solarte is under team control through 2020.
Jan 6 - 5:14 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports the Blue Jays have acquired third baseman Yangervis Solarte from the Padres.

FanRag Sports' Robert Murray says the return is Edward Olivares and a "small second piece." Solarte batted a fairly pedestrian .255/.314/.416 in 2017, but he's a versatile defender and a better hitter than last year's line suggests. The Jays don't seemingly have a need for the 30-year-old at the positions at which he's most comfortable, so the questions around Josh Donaldson's future will surely flare back up now.
Jan 6 - 4:32 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals "are looking at" Ryan Goins.

The slick-fielding Goins is a potential fit as a utility infielder behind Raul Mondesi, Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert. The 29-year-old is a career .228/.275/.335 hitter over parts of five seasons in the majors. Heyman notes that the Royals are also considering bringing back Alcides Escobar.
Jan 5 - 1:46 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays are not engaged in any active trade talks involving Josh Donaldson.

This essentially confirms a two-week-old report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, which stated that the Jays no longer had intentions of moving Donaldson this offseason. There was heavy interest from the Cardinals and probably a few other teams, but Toronto wants to reward its loyal fan base by trying to compete in 2018, at least to open the season. The club has finished first in attendance in the American League two years in a row and there is some good talent on the roster, though the Yankees and Red Sox look far better on paper. Donaldson, due to become a free agent next winter, will likely be dealt over the summer if the Blue Jays fall out of contention.
Jan 4 - 10:50 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports the Blue Jays have gotten "a lot of inquiries" about closer Roberto Osuna.

It makes plenty of sense that teams would call, with the Jays seeming destined to lag behind the big boys in the AL East this year and Osuna ranking among the best relievers in the league. It also makes sense that the team wouldn't be eager to deal the 22-year-old who's under team control for a number of years. The Jays have also balked at the idea that they won't contend in 2018 despite their lot, so it doesn't seem that Osuna is going anywhere.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 08:09:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Blue Jays are unlikely to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson despite rumors to the contrary.

The Cardinals have been pursuing a trade for Donaldson in recent weeks but the Blue Jays are not inclined to move him. Toronto won only 76 games in 2017 and the club has subsequently witnessed its division rivals, the Red Sox and Yankees, making key offseason moves to even further distance themselves from the pack. But the Blue Jays still apparently feel they are talented enough to make a strong run for the postseason. They are banking on healthy bounceback campaigns from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and catcher Russell Martin to keep them in the race. Donaldson will be a free agent at the conclusion of the upcoming season, meaning the Blue Jays are likely to trade their perennial MVP candidate if they fall out of contention over the summer.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 11:00:00 PM


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