Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Blue Jays re-signed LHP Colt Hynes to a minor league contract.

Hynes, 30, pitched in five games with the Jays last season and held a 3.67 ERA over 49 relief appearances at Triple-A with the Dodgers and Jays. He'll provide some left-handed relief depth.
Feb 12 - 3:42 PM

Blue Jays sent RHP Chad Jenkins outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Jenkins cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The right-hander will remain in the organization as a depth guy.
Feb 12 - 9:51 AM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Wednesday that the club is looking at Gavin Floyd as a starter and a reliever.

Signed to a one-year, $1 million deal last week, Floyd will be stretched out as a starter during spring training, but they are open-minded about his potential role. Given that the Blue Jays already have more starters than rotation spots, the bullpen might be the best fit for him. For what it's worth, Atkins said that Floyd's showing as a reliever down the stretch for the Indians last season is what made them want to take the gamble.
Feb 10 - 3:08 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Wednesday that the club talked about "many, many scenarios" with Josh Donaldson before agreeing to a two-year deal.

In other words, the possibility of a long-term deal was proposed. Ultimately, the two sides found common ground on a deal that bought out two years of arbitration. If Donaldson continues to perform at a high level, he's looking at a massive salary for his final year of team control in 2018. He might be more inclined to test free agency at that point, but it would be no surprise if the Blue Jays bring up the possibility again.
Feb 10 - 3:04 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Wednesday that the club will wait until midway through spring training or perhaps later to decide on a closer.

Roberto Osuna proved himself as a 20-year-old rookie last season by posting a 2.58 ERA and 75/16 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings while notching 20 saves, but his role is in question after the Blue Jays picked up Drew Storen from the Nationals over the winter. Given Storen's experience and past issues as a set-up man, he'll likely go into spring training as the early favorite. However, fantasy owners will have to wait for an official decision.
Feb 10 - 2:49 PM

Blue Jays and 3B Josh Donaldson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $28.65 million contract.

The reigning AL MVP will make $11.65 million in 2016 and $17 million in 2017. The two sides were forced to go to an arbitration hearing last winter, which Donaldson lost, but they were able to work out a multi-year contract this time. Donaldson remains under team control through 2018. The new deal gives the Blue Jays some cost certainty, which is a nice bonus with Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista due to become free agents after 2016.
Feb 10 - 12:33 PM

Josh Donaldson's new two-year deal with the Blue Jays is worth $28.65 million, according to the Associated Press.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reported late Monday night that the two sides had agreed to a deal worth around $29 million, but now we have the exact number. Donaldson won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays last winter, but the two sides were able to avoid a hearing this time around. The 2015 AL MVP will still be under team control for one more year after this new deal expires.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 9 - 11:20 AM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays have signed Josh Donaldson to a two-year contract worth nearly $29 million.

The Blue Jays are a file and trial team, so they needed to reach a multi-year pact in order to avoid an arbitration hearing next week. Donaldson's new contract leaves him with one more year of arbitration eligibility before he hits free agency after the 2018 campaign. The reigning American League MVP batted .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, 123 RBI and 122 runs scored in 2015.
Source: Sportsnet
Feb 8 - 11:10 PM

The Blue Jays hired Eric Wedge to a role as player development advisor.

It has been rumored that Wedge would join the Jays in some capacity due to his close ties with Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins. This move could put some pressure on acting manager John Gibbons, as some in the industry see Wedge as the manager-in-waiting.
Feb 6 - 1:51 PM

Blue Jays designated RHP Chad Jenkins for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd whose signing was announced on Saturday. The 28-year-old Jenkins owns a career 3.31 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 100 2/3 big league innings and should attract interest from other clubs seeking bullpen help.
Feb 6 - 1:17 PM

Blue Jays signed RHP Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Floyd also has the potential to earn an additional $1 million in incentives based on days that he's on the active roster. It's unclear if the Jays plan to use him in the rotation or out of the bullpen where he finished the 2015 campaign with the Indians.
Feb 6 - 12:40 PM

Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays and will make $4 million in 2016.

Chavez and the Jays were only $400,000 apart when submitting figures, so the Jays aren't hurt too badly by the right-hander winning here. The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 4.18 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 136/48 K/BB ratio over 157 innings for the Athletics in 2015. The signing leaves American League MVP Josh Donaldson as the only arbitration-eligible Blue Jay who remains unsigned.
Feb 6 - 12:36 PM

The Associated Press reports that the arbitration hearing between the Blue Jays and Jesse Chavez was heard on Friday, with a ruling expected on Saturday.

The two sides are only $400,000 apart, with Chavez requesting $4 million and the Jays countering at $3.6 million. Acquired via trade from the Athletics this winter, Chavez could function in a swingman role for the Blue Jays in 2016, depending on how they choose to proceed with Aaron Sanchez.
Source: Sportsnet
Feb 6 - 10:18 AM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Blue Jays plan to have long-term extension talks with the agents of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion during spring training.

Both players are currently set to hit free agency following the 2016 campaign. It seems unlikely that Toronto would be able to afford both on a long-term deal, but they're going to engage with each player in talks soon. New Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins told the Canadian Press that the team would "love to have both of them" remain Blue Jays beyond this season. "And the more we've learned about them, that has only increased our interest in keeping them here," Atkins said. "The challenge lies in placing a value on that and then agreeing on a contract." Bautista turned 35 last October, while Encarnacion turned 33 last month. The latter has set a deadline of Opening Day for extension talks.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 4:41 PM

Blue Jays signed RHP David Aardsma to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Aardsma, 34, put up a 4.70 ERA and a 35/14 K/BB ratio across 30 2/3 innings for the Braves last season. He'll compete in spring training to win a middle relief role.
Feb 5 - 10:23 AM


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