Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Blue Jays purchased the contract of C Reese McGuire from Double-A New Hampshire.

McGuire, 22, batted .278/.366/.496 with six homers at New Hampshire in an injury-shortened 2017 season. He now cannot be taken in the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 10:22 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of C Danny Jansen from Triple-A Buffalo.

Jansen, 22, hit .323/.400/.484 with 10 homers across three levels this season. He is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 10:20 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of LHP Thomas Pannone from Double-A New Hampshire.

Pannone, 23, put up a 2.36 ERA and 149/36 K/BB ratio over 144 2/3 frames between High- and Double-A in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 10:18 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Conner Greene from Double-A New Hampshire.

Greene, 22, posted a 5.29 ERA and 92/83 K/BB ratio across 132 2/3 frames for New Hampshire this past season. He now can't be taken in the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 10:17 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of 1B Rowdy Tellez from Triple-A Buffalo.

Tellez, 22, is coming off a terrible 2017 season that saw him hit only .222/.295/.333 in his first taste of Triple-A. However, the Blue Jays still think well enough of him to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 10:15 PM

Blue Jays acquired INF Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash.

Ngoepe hit only .222/.323/.296 during his time with the Pirates this season and also batted just .220/.299/.383 at Triple-A. He'll turn 28 in January.
Nov 20 - 6:07 PM

Blue Jays sent RHP Chris Rowley outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Rowley, 27, posted a 6.75 ERA across 18 2/3 innings for the Jays in 2017. He's now off the 40-man roster.
Nov 20 - 4:34 PM

Blue Jays sent OF Harold Ramirez outright to Double-A New Hampshire.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Ramirez hit .266/.320/.358 with six homers for New Hampshire in 2017.
Nov 20 - 4:33 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays haven't made a "formal" multi-year extension offer to Josh Donaldson this offseason.

It doesn't mean they won't. Donaldson still has one more year of arbitration remaining, so the Blue Jays will surely discuss the topic at that time. However, if no progress is made, the team might need to ask themselves some tough questions about the future. There's a strong argument to be made about dealing him for prospects and shifting into a rebuild.
Nov 20 - 11:22 AM

Blue Jays signed RHP Deck McGuire to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

McGuire was a first-round flop with the Blue Jays after being taken 11th overall in 2010, so it's surprising that he would want back in. He's coming off his best season as a pro, going 9-9 with a 2.79 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 168 innings for Double-A Pensacola and then posting a 2.63 ERA in two starts and four relief appearances for the Reds in September. His stuff is fringy, and it still seems like a long shot that he'll have a significant major league career.
Nov 16 - 5:06 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rays have expressed interest in free agent Jose Bautista.

This comes on the heels of a report that Bautista is willing to play any position next season, from the corner infield spots to the corner outfield spots to designated hitter. That suits the Rays, who like to move guys around and take advantage of platoon splits. Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 over 686 plate appearances this past season for the Blue Jays, but he still managed 23 home runs and 65 RBI. He should come pretty cheap, which also suits the Rays.
Nov 15 - 2:43 PM

Jose Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, said his client is willing to play any position next season.

That would include the corner infield spots, the corner outfield spots, and DH. "He’s never said no to a manager," Alou told Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 over 686 plate appearances this past season for the Blue Jays, who made the easy decision to decline his $17 million club option for 2018. The 37-year-old should be able to find a major league deal this winter if he's willing to accept a reserve role.
Nov 15 - 10:44 AM

Deck McGuire has elected free agency.

The 28-year-old pitched well, posting a 2.63 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings for the Reds in 2017. It's a bit curious, given their utter lack of quality pitching depth, that the Reds couldn't find a spot for him on the 40-man roster.
Nov 11 - 8:37 AM

Cesar Valdez has elected to become a free agent.

Valdez was outrighted off Toronto's 40-man roster earlier this month. The veteran right-hander posted an ugly 7.63 ERA in 30 2/3 innings (four starts, seven relief appearances) this year between the Athletics and Blue Jays.
Nov 8 - 11:58 AM

Former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay died Tuesday at the age of 40 when his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Devastating news out of West Central Florida. Halladay's single-engine Icon A5 was found in the water off the coast of New Port Richey on Tuesday afternoon. He was piloting the plane solo and made no mayday calls to Tampa Air Traffic Control. The native of Denver, Colorado won Cy Young Award honors in both the American League (2003, Blue Jays) and National League (2010, Phillies) before retiring in 2013 at the age of 36. He made eight All-Star teams, pitched a perfect game, and threw a no-hitter in his first-ever postseason start. Doc leaves behind a wife and two children.
Nov 7 - 4:21 PM


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