Player News - Blue Jays

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Blue Jays released C Tony Sanchez.

The Blue Jays needed to clear a roster spot for Erik Kratz, who agreed to a minor league deal on Thursday. Sanchez was only hitting .201 for Triple-A Buffalo and wasn't close to getting called up to the major leagues. The 28-year-old will catch on somewhere else as minor league depth.
Source: Sportnet
Jul 28 - 4:19 PM

Blue Jays OF prospect Anthony Alford ripped three hits Wednesday in a win for High-A Dunedin.

He supplied two triples, a double and two RBI as the Blue Jays squeaked out a 10-9 win over Lakewood. Alford has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .371 during that span with two homers and six RBI. The hot streak has raised his average from .188 to .232. The 22-year-old is looking for better results after a disappointing first half that included a .200 batting average and 50 strikeouts in 125 at-bats.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 28 - 11:43 AM

Blue Jays signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Kratz was designated for assignment by the Pirates on July 19 and elected to become a free agent a few days alter. He was 6-for-56 (.107) in Pittsburgh and is no more than a depth signing for the Blue Jays.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jul 28 - 9:05 AM

R.A. Dickey allowed seven runs -- six earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Padres.

Dickey walked four and gave up four hits, including a two-run homer to Adam Rosales in the top of the third inning and a solo homer to Brett Wallace in the top of the fifth. The veteran knuckleballer is 7-12 with a 4.66 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 131 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 27 - 3:41 PM

Blue Jays RHP prospect Conner Greene provided seven shutout innings Tuesday in a win for Double-A New Hampshire.

He scattered four hits and pair of walks while matching a season-high with seven strikeouts. Greene endured a couple of rocky outings after getting called up from High-A Dunedin but he's settled down over his last three starts, allowing just three earned runs in his last 19 innings of work (1.42 ERA). Walks have been an issue for Greene this year. The 21-year-old has yielded at least two free passes in each of his last 10 starts.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 27 - 1:56 PM

Troy Tulowitzki is getting the day off Wednesday.

Darwin Barney will start at shortstop and bat eighth versus Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo. This is just a day of maintenance for Tulo, who's batting .317/.348/.500 with four homers and 17 RBI so far in July.
Jul 27 - 10:29 AM

Melvin Upton is batting cleanup in his first start with the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Upton was acquired from San Diego on Tuesday morning in exchange for pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez. He will start in left field over Michael Saunders with the Padres throwing right-hander Luis Perdomo.
Jul 27 - 10:27 AM

Blue Jays optioned RHP Bo Schultz to Triple-A Buffalo.

The move clears a roster spot for Joaquin Benoit, who was acquired from the Mariners late Tuesday night for Drew Storen. Schultz has a 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 7/2 K/BB ratio in 11 innings this season at the MLB level.
Jul 27 - 9:55 AM

Josh Donaldson collected his 25th homer and 24th double as the Blue Jays edged the Padres 7-6 in 12 innings Tuesday.

After the Padres scored twice in the top of the 12th, the Jays came back and won it, with the final run scoring on a wild pitch. Donaldson has eight homers and 23 RBI in his last 22 games. He's right in the thick of the AL MVP race again.
Jul 26 - 11:44 PM

Marcus Stroman gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Padres.

Stroman couldn't have asked for a much easier schedule of late, but he hasn't capitalized quite as much as hoped. He did have a strong start against the Royals before the break and one in Arizona last week, but he was ineffective against the A's in his first start of the second half and mediocre tonight. He's 8-4 with a 4.92 ERA.
Jul 26 - 11:37 PM

Blue Jays acquired RHP Joaquin Benoit from the Mariners for RHP Drew Storen.

These are two big-name relievers, but they've both been awful this season and it's really just a minor trade. Storen was actually designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier this week. Benoit, 39, had a 5.18 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 28/15 K/BB ratio through 24 1/3 innings this year with Seattle.
Jul 26 - 11:14 PM

Blue Jays optioned RHP Ryan Tepera to Triple-A Buffalo.

The move clears the way for the newly-acquired Melvin Upton on the active roster. Tepera was just called up over the weekend, but didn't make an appearance during his brief stay with the big club.
Jul 26 - 3:42 PM

Blue Jays acquired OF Melvin Upton and cash considerations from the Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Padres will cover all but $5 million of the roughly $22 million remaining on Upton's contract. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent season with the Padres and will provide some depth and versatility to the Blue Jays' outfield. While the ballpark change is a positive, he might lose a couple of starts a week and probably won't run as much. His fantasy value takes a bit of a dip with the trade. Since the Padres are in Toronto this week, Upton will just have to switch dugouts on Tuesday.
Jul 26 - 11:04 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres.

The Padres are expected to receive a Class A prospect in return. No word yet on the financial details, but the deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday. Upton is batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games this season and should add some versatility to Toronto's outfield. The addition could allow Jose Bautista to see more time out of the designated hitter spot and Edwin Encarnacion to play more first base. Upton is still under contract (for $16.45 million) next season, which is notable with Bautista, Encarnacion, and Michael Saunders due to hit free agency this winter. The Padres are expected to pick up some of the tab.
Jul 26 - 8:10 AM

Aaron Sanchez struck out seven batters across seven shutout innings in Monday's 4-2 victory over the Padres.

Sanchez was dominant yet again, holding the Padres to just three hits -- two singles -- while walking two. He's yielded only 113 hits and 39 walks over 132 1/3 innings this season, good for a 1.15 WHIP to go along with his 2.72 ERA. Sanchez is now 11-1 on the season and hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his last seven starts. It's possible he'll hit a wall at some point or even be moved to the bullpen, but Sanchez hasn't shown any signs of slowing down yet. He'll get the Orioles next.
Jul 25 - 10:13 PM


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