Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Michael Ohlman has elected free agency.

The 26-year-old saw his first big league action in 2017, slashing .231/.231/.231 in 13 plate appearances. He remains an unattractive fantasy commodity.
Oct 21 - 3:18 PM

Brett Oberholtzer has elected free agency.

Oberholtzer, 28, spent the entire 2017 season at Triple-A Buffalo, compiling a 4.12 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 81/44 K/BB ratio in his 131 innings. He'll represent lost cost rotation depth to some lucky team this winter.
Oct 21 - 3:16 PM

T.J. House has elected free agency.

The 28-year-old hurler owns a 4.44 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 90/35 K/BB ratio in his 119 2/3 frames at the big league level. He may have to settle for a minor league contract this off-season.
Oct 21 - 3:14 PM

Jeff Beliveau has elected free agency.

The 30-year-old southpaw posted a troublesome 7.47 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 17/6 K/BB ratio in his 15 2/3 innings with the Jays. Given the lack of quality left-handed relievers around the league, he should be able to land a minor league deal this winter.
Oct 21 - 3:13 PM

Nick Tepesch has elected free agency.

Tepesch registered a 5.17 ERA, 1.98 WHIP and 9/9 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings between the Twins and Blue Jays in 2017. He remains a very unappealing fantasy option and shouldn't wind up with anything more than a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.
Oct 21 - 3:11 PM

Lucas Harrell has elected free agency.

The 32-year-old hurler pitched well in the minor leagues, but struggled to the tune of a 7.11 ERA and 2.21 WHIP in his 6 1/3 innings with the Jays. If he decides to stay stateside, he'll probably have to settle for a minor league contract.
Oct 21 - 3:09 PM

Mike Bolsinger has elected free agency.

The 29-year-old had a rough season for the Jays, posting a 6.31 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 39/27 K/BB ratio across his 41 1/3 innings. He'll look to latch on elsewhere on a minor league deal this winter.
Oct 21 - 3:07 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins confirmed Tuesday that the team already told Jose Bautista they don't intend to exercise their part of his $18 million option for 2018.

It's a foregone conclusion, as the Blue Jays and their fans gave Bautista a nice farewell during their final homestand. The veteran slugger batted just .203/.308/.366 this season and will turn 37 years old in a couple of weeks, but he still plans on playing next season. Given his defensive limitations, interest will likely be limited to AL teams.
Oct 3 - 3:16 PM

Jose Bautista fully intends on playing in 2018.

Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 this season for the Blue Jays and will turn 37 in a couple weeks. The Jays will not exercise their portion of his $17 million mutual option for 2018, so he's set to hit the open market. It's certainly fair to question how much Bautista has left at this point, but some team will probably give him a one-year contract to serve as a designated hitter and occasional outfielder.
Source: Sportsnet
Oct 2 - 5:52 PM

Jose Bautista went 1-for-1 with a walk and RBI on Sunday against the Yankees in what was likely his final game in a Blue Jays uniform.

Bautista was replaced in the seventh inning by Michael Saunders. Bautista has had an excellent career, but his days of being even an average hitter are over. He doesn't make contact, and his power has been sapped. It'd be surprising if Bautista had anything more than a bench role for an American League club in 2018.
Oct 1 - 5:55 PM

Robert Osuna pitched a clean ninth inning and picked up his 39th save of the season for the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Osuna's 39 saves are more impressive when you consider that the Blue Jays weren't in contention and that he missed time with paternity leave and to deal with a mental health issue. He's one of the best young closers in baseball, and there's no reason to think he won't be closing out games for the Blue Jays next season.
Oct 1 - 5:47 PM

Brett Anderson (blister) threw five shutout innings in a 3-0 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Anderson wasn't exactly facing the Yankees' best on Sunday, but this was still an impressive finale for the southpaw. He allowed just three hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out three. Health is always going to be a concern with Anderson, but when he's operating at full-strength, he does show mid-rotation upside in his left arm. We'll see if he's back with the Blue Jays in 2018.
Oct 1 - 5:42 PM

Josh Donaldson is absent from the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

Among the Jays' regulars, Kendrys Morales and Russell Martin are also sitting out the finale. Darwin Barney is at third base.
Oct 1 - 11:50 AM

Jose Bautista struck out three times while going 0-for-4 at the plate versus the Yankees on Saturday.

His batting average sits at .201 and he is in danger of finishing below the Mendoza line if he takes another oh-fer tomorrow in the final game of the season. The aging star's dismal season is a big reason why the Blue Jays were unable to contend this season. He has 23 home runs with 64 RBI and 92 runs scored in 684 plate appearances. His 170 strikeouts this season are blowing away his previous career high of 116 set way back in 2010 when he hit 54 home runs.
Sep 30 - 4:32 PM

Josh Donaldson went 0-for-3 but drove in a run during Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

He lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that plated Ezequiel Carrera with the Blue Jay's only run of the afternoon. The former MVP third baseman struggled through an injury-plagued first half but has resumed his place among the game's most elite hitters since the All Star break. He has a .270/.385/.559 slash line with 33 home runs and 78 RBI despite missing nearly two months' worth of games this year.
Sep 30 - 4:22 PM


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