Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

Player News - Blue Jays

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Blue Jays signed OF Ryan Kalish to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.

Kalish elected to become a free agent at the beginning of November. A month-and-a-half later he's found himself a landing spot. The outfielder is a career .245/.293/.350 hitter over 412 plate appearances at the major league level. He'll serve as organizational depth and a possible bench bat for the Blue Jays.
Dec 17 - 3:58 PM

Blue Jays signed 1B Daric Barton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Barton appeared in just 30 games this past season with the A's, batting just .158/.234/.175 with zero homers and five RBI. He's a former first-round pick and highly-ranking first base prospect, but the ship has probably sailed for the 29-year-old.
Dec 16 - 4:07 PM

CSNChicago's Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs will not sign Colby Rasmus.

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reported on the Cubs' interest in Rasmus on Sunday, but it appears there's not a match there. Rasmus had a down season in his walk year, batting just .225/.287/.448, but he still cranked 18 homers and would be an outfield upgrade for some. The Orioles are known to have interest.
Dec 15 - 6:04 PM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Cubs recently met with Colby Rasmus.

Davidi says they're one of "several" teams to show interest in the outfielder, with the Orioles known to be on that list. Rasmus had a down season in his walk year, batting just .225/.287/.448, but he still cranked 18 homers and is just a year removed from hitting .276/.338/.501 with 22 dingers. The Cubs could play Rasmus at a corner outfield spot or put him in center field if they feel Arismendy Alcantara could use a little more seasoning.
Source: Sportsnet
Dec 14 - 3:55 PM

Blue Jays signed OF Caleb Gindl to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 26-year-old spent most of the 2014 campaign at Triple-A Nashville where he slashed a disappointing .227/.310/.354 with eight homers and 32 RBI in 110 contests in the offensive-rich environment of the Pacific Coast League.
Dec 12 - 8:51 PM

Blue Jays signed 1B Jake Fox to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 32-year-old spent the 2014 season split between Double-A Reading in the Phillies organization, Laguna in the Mexican League and Somerset in the Independent Atlantic League. He certainly mashed the ball at all three stops though, combining to hit .309/.387/.592 with 38 homers and 118 RBI in 140 games. He's never been able to figure out major league pitching, but the Blue Jays have a long history of success with similar reclamation projects.
Dec 12 - 8:48 PM

Blue Jays signed RHP Wilton Lopez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 31-year-old hurler appeared in just four games for the Rockies in 2014, surrendering eight runs in 6 1/3 innings (11.37 ERA). He has prior closing experience though and could wind up being a nice low-risk investment for the Jays.
Dec 12 - 8:45 PM

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that it's possible Aaron Sanchez could remain in the bullpen next season.

The Jays still view Sanchez as a starter long-term, but it's possible he'll be used in relief again if they should bring in a starter. "That's definitely a scenario that could happen," Anthopoulos said. Sanchez was lights-out as a reliever last season for Toronto, posting a 1.09 ERA and 0.70 WHIP over 33 innings. He'd certainly be a weapon there in 2015 if that's where he ends up, but he's also just 22 and his future as a starter is bright.
Dec 12 - 3:29 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins are interested in Dustin McGowan.

McGowan has had a host of shoulder issues during his career but has always been an intriguing guy when healthy. The 32-year-old put up a 3.76 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 107 2/3 frames for the Blue Jays over the last two seasons.
Dec 12 - 10:55 AM

FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi is reporting that the Rangers have had talks with reliever Sergio Santos.

The White Sox also expressed interest in Santos last month. Still, nothing is close to getting done yet, at least not according to reports. Santos is probably looking for some guaranteed money, while his suitors might merely be offering minor league contracts after his miserable 2014 season.
Dec 11 - 12:27 AM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Dioner Navarro and Alex Avila are two players who could be a fit for the club.

Navarro is believed to be available after the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin earlier this postseason. The D'backs also have a need after dealing Miguel Montero to the Cubs. Navarro, 30, batted .274/.317/.395 this past season.
Dec 10 - 8:52 PM

According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays are listening to offers on Dioner Navarro.

It's not a big surprise, as the Blue Jays can afford to move him after signing Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract. Navarro batted .274 with 12 homers and a .712 OPS this past season and would likely be an upgrade for a few clubs. He's owed $5 million in 2015.
Dec 10 - 3:43 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Colby Rasmus is on the Royals' list of outfield options.

They like his power potential and defense, but his struggles against left-handed pitching and low OBP could be sticking points. The Orioles are also thought to be in on Rasmus, who batted just .225 with a .287 on-base percentage in 2014 for the Blue Jays but also slugged 18 home runs in 104 games. He's only 28 years old.
Dec 8 - 5:30 PM

Andy Dirks' agent, Will McGuffey, said Monday that his client is drawing healthy interest in free agency.

Dirks was non-tendered by the Blue Jays last week. The 28-year-old missed the entire 2014 season following back surgery and might have to wait until later in the offseason to find a home.
Dec 8 - 3:37 PM

Blue Jays claimed 1B/OF Chris Colabello off waivers from the Twins.

Colabello got off to a hot start with the Twins this past season, but he struggled after being hit on the thumb by a pitch in late April and ended up with a .229/.282/.380 batting line over 59 games. The 31-year-old was unlikely to have a role with Minnesota in 2015, but he could function as a right-handed bench bat for Toronto.
Dec 8 - 2:48 PM


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