Blue Jays News
8-20-14: Remember when the Blue Jays entered the month of August on a 9-1 hot streak? Yeah, that has quickly gone by the wayside as they have gone an MLB-worst 4-12 this month, dropping to third in the AL East standings in the process. They have dropped two straight to Milwaukee and their hopes of making the playoffs could be in jeopardy as they are 4.5 back of the second wildcard spot in the AL.
8-19-14: The Toronto Blue Jays once again designated pitcher Brad Mills for assignment which makes the second time this season for Mills in a Toronto uniform. Mills has already been outrighted to Triple-A once and is likely to be assigned to the minor leagues once again if he clears waivers. Mills made one appearance for Toronto this season and was hit pretty hard once again on the mound. Toronto lost another pitcher this week as well when the team announced that Neil Wagner went down and will require Tommy John surgery. Wagner has been hit around in 10 starts this season and has not been able to build on his breakout season in 2013.
8-13-14: The Blue Jays rattled off an 11-2 stretch to close out the month of July, pulling within just 1.5 games of the Orioles. The month of August has not been as kind to them, as they again find themselves 6.5 games back in the AL East and 2 games back for the second wildcard spot. Toronto has dropped two straight games to the Mariners and are just 3-7 in their last 10 games played.
8-12-14: The Toronto Blue Jays finally made a move this season when they signed George Kottaras to a minor league deal after he was designated for assignment by the St. Louis Cardinals. That move alone will not be enough to replace the lost offense in Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, and now Brett Lawrie. Lawrie was added to the 15 day DL this week shortly after coming off the disabled list. The Blue Jays plan seems to be to beat everyone with pitching and they called up one of their top pitching prospects this week in Brad Mills. Mills comes to Toronto after posting a 1.81 ERA in Triple-A with a 9.0 K/9 ratio and a miniscule 1.9 BB/9 ratio. Toronto and the Yankees keep swapping places in the division race and the race for the second wild card and Toronto leads New York by one game in both races.
8-6-14: In the first game of a huge series with the Orioles, the Blue Jays came up rather small giving up three homeruns en route to a 9-3 loss. Toronto has now lost four straight games and has fallen five games back of Baltimore in AL East play. Toronto is holding down the second wildcard spot in the AL. Starter Mark Buehrle, who fell to 11-8 on the year, lost for the seventh time in 11 starts, allowing four runs and 10 hits in four innings of work.
8-5-14: The Toronto Blue Jays started the week by losing relief pitcher Esmil Rogers to the New York Yankees in a roster claim. Rogers was designated for assignment by Toronto after less than stellar results in the bullpen this season. The Blue Jays are slipping in the AL East division and in the second Wild Card race and have not added a single piece in any sort of deadline moves this season. Toronto has been linked to almost every notable trade target but has been unable to pull the trigger on any moves. The Blue Jays have kicked the tires on Asdrubal Cabrera, Jonathan Papelbon, and AJ Burnett to name a few. Toronto currently sits at 60-53 which is good for second place in the AL East and 3.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. Toronto has a 2.5 game lead for the second Wild Card spot as well while they wait on Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind to return from injury.
7-30-14: The Toronto Blue Jays former closer Sergio Santos has fallen out of grace quickly in Toronto. Santos was designated for assignment this week and ultimately cleared waivers. Toronto assigned him to Triple-A and instead of electing free agency Santos will look to sort out his control and command issues in the minors for Toronto. Speaking of the minor leagues the Blue Jays have called up their top prospect Aaron Sanchez to help out in the bullpen and take Santos’ roster spot. Sanchez’s name has been mentioned in every trade rumor so far this month and Toronto may be looking to showcase their lefty to other teams this week.
7-28-14: Although the Blue Jays did not perform well heading into the All-Star break, they have won five of their last seven games. After taking their series against the Texas Rangers and going 3-1 against the Boston Red Sox, they moved back to five games above .500. However, Jose Bautista’s two home runs were not enough for Toronto to beat the New York Yankees in the opening game of their series.
7-24-14: J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in three starts, Dioner Navarro and Jose Reyes homered as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Tuesday night. Reyes and Navarro both homered in the sixth inning as the Blue Jays rebounded from Monday's 14-1 beatdown to snap Boston's winning streak at five games. The Jays are tied with the Yankees for second place in the AL East, just four games back of Baltimore for the division lead.
7-21-14: The Toronto Blue Jays started the week by acquiring first baseman Brett Wallace from the Baltimore Orioles. This is Wallace’s second stint with the Blue Jays and serves as first base depth for Dan Johnson after Johnson was called up to replace the injured Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays are still working towards a deal for the Padres Chase Headley to man third base in Toronto. The Padres are more likely to move Headley now that they received Tyler Lindsey in a deal with the Angels for Huston Street and Headley seems most likely to go above the border to Toronto.
7-19-14: Heading into the All-Star break, the Blue Jays lost three consecutive series. Their frustration continued on Friday when they fell to the visiting Texas Rangers, 5-1. The only offense they could manage against Yu Darvish was a solo home run by Colby Rasmus. Toronto is in search of a bat to help the lineup, so the organization may sign former Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano.
7-17-14: On June 6, the Blue Jays sat six games up in the AL East and looked like the best team in baseball. Since then, they have struggled to an 11-23 record and are currently 2 ½ games back for a wild-card spot. They lost series on the road to the Angels and Rays last week, and if there's any AL team that needs the All-Star break to hit the reset button, it's the Blue Jays. Slugger Edwin Encarnacion is expected to be sidelined until at least early August after suffering a strained quad. Toronto could still use another veteran starter pitcher.
7-15-14: The Toronto Blue Jays continue to scout the San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley while the team looks for upgrades to an already strong offensive club. The offensive need was compounded with the loss of Edwin Encarnacion late last week and the club may be more aggressive on the trade market because of it. The Jays offense didn’t get much better news when the team learned that Adam Lind was going to be out for six to eight weeks with a fracture in his foot. Later reports came out that Lind could possibly miss as little as three weeks with the injury but this injury still came at the worst possible time for Toronto. The Jays led the American League East for much of the season but find themselves at 49-47 and 3.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles at the All Star Break.
7-14-14: Although Adam Lind fractured his foot and will be out for at least a few weeks, the Blue Jays offense has been playing much better recently. During their season-long five-game losing streak, they did not score more than two runs. However, in their last three games, they own a 2-1 record and have scored more than six runs per game.
7-10-14: R.A. Dickey gave up just four hits over seven innings of work for his first victory in over a month. Jose Reyes homered and drove in three runs as the Toronto Blue Jays ended a season-worst five-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Dickey struck out five and walked one after losing his previous four starts. The 2012 NL CY Young Award winner got back in the win column for the first time since June 4. The Blue Jays are within 2½ games of AL East-leading Baltimore.
7-6-14: After sweeping their two-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Blue Jays began a 10-game road trip. Toronto’s time in Oakland has not been very successful. The league-leading Athletics held the Blue Jays to just one run in the first two games of the series. If Toronto wants to stay near the top of the American League East, it cannot keep stranding runners.
7-3-14: Jose Bautista’s and Colby Rasmus’ solo home runs, coupled with Drew Hutchison’s career-high 10 strikeouts helped the AL East leading Blue Jays beat the Brewers 4-1 on Canada Day. Hutchison retired the first 14 batters he saw before Milwaukee outfielder Khris Davis reached on an infield single to shortstop in the fifth. Hutchinson improved to 6-6 on the year. He came into the game 1-4 with an 8.13 ERA in six home starts but delivered his best performance of the season at Rogers Centre. The righty allowed just one run, three hits and two walks in seven innings of work. The win ended Toronto’s three-game losing streak.
7-2-14: The Toronto Blue Jays are in first place in the American League East and are looking to improve the team with a trade for the Rays David Price or the Cubs Jason Hammel. The Jays have the most wins out of any team with their pitching staff so a trade for a starting pitcher seems less likely than a trade for Chase Headley at third base, another player the Jays have been linked to recently. The Blue Jays are said to be in the third base and second base market as Brett Lawrie can fill the other position that is not acquired when he comes off the disabled list.
6-30-14: For more than a month, the Blue Jays have remained on top of the American League East. However, after taking the first two games of their series with the New York Yankees, they have lost two of their last three contests and have dropped to 12-13 in June. With Jose Bautista still out and Brett Lawrie on the disabled list, the team will need to find offense from other parts of the lineup.
6-26-14: Jose Reyes redeemed himself for a pair of errors by hitting a leadoff double in the ninth inning and scoring when Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte threw away a bunt, lifting the AL East-leading Blue Jays over the Yankees 7-6 Tuesday night. It was a sloppy game for both sides as the Yankees had one error, while the Blue Jays committed three. Mark Buehrle came in 1-11 with a 5.84 ERA in 17 career starts against the Yankees. He was 0-9 with a 7.07 ERA in 13 games against New York since getting a lone victory while pitching for the White Sox. The lefty looked like his streak was going to end as the Blue Jays built a six-run lead through five innings. However, Derek Jeter homered in the sixth and New York tied it with a five-run seventh.
6-24-14: The Toronto Blue Jays are still clinging to first place in the American League East division but the New York Yankees are making it tough on the Jays. The Jays were swept by the Yankees in the Bronx this week and struggled against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, although Edwin Encarnacion continues to stay hot with the bat. The Blue Jays are trying to stay atop the AL East and their outfield Jose Bautista looks to stay atop the American League All Star voting. Joey Bats leads all AL players with just a week to go and looks to be a lock to start the game in Minnesota in July. Bautista will also be the American League captain for the Home Run Derby.
6-18-14: Blue Jays rookie pitcher Marcus Stroman threw 98 pitches in only 3 2/3 innings on a sticky Tuesday night in the Bronx. Stroman took the loss to fall to 3-2 on the year, but Tuesday night’s game was a homecoming of sort for Stroman who grew up 50 miles from NYC on Long Island. The Blue Jays' struggles at Yankee Stadium started in August 2012, and they've now dropped 23 of their last 25 in the Bronx. Despite their struggles, the Blue Jays still have a 3 ½ game lead on New York in the AL East.
6-17-14: The Toronto Blue Jays are one game off the pace of the Oakland Athletics for the best record in the American League behind the reemergence of Mark Buerhle and the emergence of top prospect Marcus Stroman in the starting rotation. Melky Cabrera is having a very productive season in his contract year as well as Jose Bautista who seems to finally be back from his wrist injury that cost him a big chunk of his 2012 season. The Blue Jays are showcasing their top prospects in the minors, namely A-Ball pitcher Daniel Norris and outfielder Dalton Pompey in a trade to improve an already solid team by acquiring the likes of David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays or Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs.
6-10-14: The Toronto Blue Jays had a historic and productive month of May from Edwin Encarnacion that earned him Player of the Month for the American League. Encarnacion hit a historic and franchise record 16 home runs in the month and also led the league in slugging percentage (.763) and extra base hits (22). Encarnacion passed the former team record for home runs in a month by passing Jose Bautista’s 14 in June of 2012. Encarnacion also was the first Toronto Blue Jay to win the award since Bautista won the award that same June of 2012. The Blue Jays selected Jeff Hoffman with their first pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday and may have gotten the steal of the draft with their second pick, 11th overall, when they took catcher Max Pentecost out of Kennesaw State University.
6-3-14: The Toronto Blue Jays are bulking up their Triple- A bullpen by signing left handed relief pitcher Mike Zagurski. Zagurski was most recently with the Cleveland Indians before opting out of his deal hoping for a major league deal. The Blue Jays Jose Bautista is the second highest vote getter in the American League thus far for the All Star Game and would be a starter in the outfield for the AL if voting ended today. The Blue Jays are said to be more interested in short term commitments at this year’s trading deadline, for example James Shields, rather than players that will command bigger packages due to more team control, like Jeff Samardzija who is under team control for the 2015 season as well.
5-28-14: The Toronto Blue Jays has designated right handed starting pitcher Esmil Rogers for assignment to clear a roster spot for Liam Hendricks. The Blue Jays gave up a ton to acquire Rogers. Toronto traded Mike Aviles, who they acquired along with David Carpenter as compensation for letting manager John Farrell return to Boston, and current Indians catcher Yan Gomes for Rogers from Cleveland. The Blue Jays are still at the top of the American League East after Memorial Day weekend with a sweep of the Oakland Athletics. The Blue Jays also ended the week by trading for outfielder Melky Mesa and pitcher P.J. Walters from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. It looks like the Blue Jays are going for it this season in the AL East.
5-21-14: The Toronto Blue Jays have the third worst bullpen in the league this season with a combined 5.26 ERA and have the fifth most innings pitched by a bullpen but added veteran Raul Valdes to try and stop the bleeding. The deal brought Valdes to Toronto from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Valdes has been strong since coming over, albeit in Triple-A, posting a 3.48 ERA with 13 strikeouts and zero walks in 10.1 innings pitched in Toronto. The Blue Jays are in third place in the American League East division, an unfamiliar place for them over recent years, with a 23-22 record and five wins in their last ten games.
5-15-14: The Toronto Blue Jays are the only team in the American League East with a positive run differential and somehow find themselves in fourth place after two weeks of May baseball. The Brewers loss has been the Blue Jays win with the signing of Juan Francisco and it can all be chalked up to the recruiting from Edwin Encarnacion. When the Brewers cut Francisco Encarnacion immediately started to pitch Toronto to his fellow countryman. Francisco has made Encarnacion looks like a genius now that Francisco is batting .268/.403/.623 through two months of May and is forcing the Toronto manager to make at bats for him.
5-7-14: The Toronto Blue Jays got a bit of good news recently regarding starting pitcher Brandon Morrow who will avoid surgery and may be back as soon as the All Star break. Originally it though that Morrow would join the ever growing list of players that required season ending surgery,and in this case likely the Blue Jay career for Morrow, after an MRI showed a torn sheath tendon in his wrist. Morrow has been placed on the 60 day DL after the injury. The Jays also are faced with quite the predicament since Juan Francisco is playing himself into the Toronto lineup and with Adam Lind coming back from injury soon the Jays will have more players than they have spots to fill.
4-28-14: The Toronto Blue Jays were in the news for some off the field news for much of the start of the 2014 season after missing out on signing free agent pitcher Ervin Santana. The Blue Jays seem tapped out financially and had star players, such as R.A. Dickey and Jose Bautista for example, willing to defer money to make the deal work. This got many around the league talking about the new collective bargaining agreement and whether that would be allowed. Unfortunately the Blue Jays have done little on the field to give the media much to talk about outside of a monster start by outfielder Melky Cabrera to the year. The Blue Jays are right in the thick of things in the American League East division after the first month of the 2014 season and look to not finish at the bottom of the division this year. Vote for Joey Bats, Melky, and all the Blue Jays for the MLB All Star Game as voting opened up this week for the game.
4-14-14: The Toronto Blue Jays have enjoyed a solid beginning to the 2014 MLB season, as they’ve put up a solid 52 runs en route to a 7-6 start and a three-way first place tie in the competitive AL East. Toronto got the week off to a nice start by topping the Houston Astros in two out of three games for a solid series win, and then capped the week with a 11-3 thrashing of the Baltimore Orioles in another 2-1 series win.
4-7-14: The Toronto Blue Jays got off to a rough start in 2014, dropping their opening day game to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2, but were able to bounce back enough to split a four game series, 2-2. Things got a little more difficult against the New York Yankees in their next series, however, as they dropped two of their next three games in Toronto. The Blue Jays displayed some pitching dominance in their only win over the Yanks in game two of their series as R.A. Dickey struck out six en route to his only win of the year thus far.Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista haven’t been short on offense through the first week of action, as the two have combined for six home runs.
4-1-14: The Blue Jays didn’t bring their A game for their season opener, as their offense sputtered until the final two innings in a rough 9-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto struggled through a shutout until the eighth inning, where Erik Kratz was responsible for their two runs thanks to a two-run homer. Toronto starting pitchers R.A. Dickey gave up 11 hits on the day as the Blue Jays kicked off 2014 at 0-1.
3-27-14: The Toronto Blue Jays got some bad news on one of their best players and leaders in the clubhouse in Jose Reyes as he has a mild hamstring strain, which is never good for a guy who relies on his legs so much. This news is especially disappointing this close to Opening Day 2014 but Reyes is listed as day to day and is questionable to break spring training camp with the Jays. Speaking of Opening Day rookie second basemen Ryan Goins has been named the starter after a fierce spring training competition in camp this year. The Blue Jays also signed pitcher Shawn Hill out of the York Revolution of the Atlantic League. Hill has not been in the Major Leagues since 2012 but did pitch in the Detroit Tigers organization in 2013, albeit not too well, and is a great depth signing for the Jays.
3-20-14: The Toronto Blue Jays made a serious run at free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana before losing out to the right hander to the Atlanta Braves. This leaves Toronto with a few question marks in the rotation and rumors have it that the Jays may turn to prospect Drew Hutchinson to take the vacant rotation spot. The Jays started spring camp with pitcher Ricky Romero as an afterthought but Romero pitched well and was competing for a rotation spot this year before being sent down to the minor leagues with Marcus Stroman ending the speculation, how far the mighty have fallen. The Jays may not be World Series favorites again this season or coming off a huge spending spree offseason but Jose Bautista looks like his power is finally returning after his wrist surgery in 2012 and Edwin Encarnacion continues to impress, mix that in with contract years for Colby Rasmus and Melky Cabrera and an expected bounce back from R.A. Dickey and the Jays may be right there in the thick of things for one of the Wild Card spots this season. The expectations have not translated into many wins in the Grapefruit League, as evident by their losing record in the last two weeks, but that is what spring training is all about.
3-13-14: The Toronto Blue Jays play in the toughest league in the game in the American League East and a tough Grapefruit League in spring training camp. The Jays have been a .500 team this spring after being awfully quiet this offseason. This year we did not see a Jose Reyes signed or a R.A. Dickey traded for, although Toronto was said to be involved in the Ervin Santana sweepstakes, but we have seen the club rely on their young guys in camp. Colby Rasmus is in a walk year as well as Melky Cabrera, among others, so they may be worth purchasing a ticket and going to see sometime this coming season.
3-5-14: The Toronto Blue Jays have tabbed R.a. Dickey as their opening day starter. The Blue Jays also announced that relief pitcher Casey Janssen will resume throwing this week after being shut down when he complained from soreness is throwing shoulder. The Blue Jays are not very active this off-season in terms of adding players especially in contrary to the prior season.
1-24-14: This season the Toronto Blue Jays are hoping that their heavy hitting outfielder Jose Bautista can return to form after a down year in which he missed some significant time due to injury. The Blue Jays will also be without Rajai Davis who signed away to the Detroit Tigers but will look to JP Arencibia to take the next step and replace the departed Davis’ production.
1-7-14: The Toronto Blue Jays are bidding heavily after starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. The Blue Jays have an all-star roster but were unable to stay healthy last season, which led to a poor record. Dioner Navarro signed a two-year deal with the Blue Jays worth $8 million to be there catcher. Pitcher Roy Halliday also retired from baseball and if you go into the Hall of Fame it will likely be as a member of the Blue Jays.
12-9-13: The Toronto Blue Jays had a disappointing season last year played with injuries many of surprised off-season acquisitions. Particularly that of Jose raise when they acquired from the Miami Marlins and agreed to pay majority of his large contract. There rightfield slugger José Batista also missed a significant amount of time during the season last year he was a big loss. The X factor in the trade that the Blue Jays made with the Miami Marlins was picture Josh Johnson injury never panned out or contributed to the team at all last year. Johnson has since plead from the Toronto situation and signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $8 million.
8-20-13: The Toronto Blue Jays are in last place at 10 games under .500. This week they will travel to the Bronx to face the New York Yankees in a four-game series. Tuesday will mark a doubleheader as they play the make up game from the May 19th rainout. This off-season the Blue Jays revamped their starting rotation with brand names hoping to compete for the division title. Unfortunately many of their starting pitchers struggled switching from the National League to the American League. The Blue Jays are a longshot for this year's postseason but definitely have the talent to compete in the near future.
8/6/13 - Losers of three in a row the Toronto Blue Jays continue to struggle and are still in last place. The return of Jose Reyes did not change their winning luck very much. This week the Blue Jays will travel to Seattle for a three game series against the Mariners.
7/18/13 - Newly acquired José Reyes has been injured for most of the first half of the season and it has hurt the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are currently 11.5 games out of 1st Place and are in last in the American League East division. Coming out of the All-Star break the Blue Jays will face their division foes the Tampa Bay rays. As far as power numbers are concerned first baseman Edwin Encarnacion leads the team with 25 home runs and 72 RBIs. The also newly acquired Melky Cabrera is also on the 15 day DL. The Blue Jays suffer from playing in one of the toughest divisions in baseball and have the best record of any last-place team throughout the major leagues.
7/7/13 - Three Toronto Blue Jays are 2013 American League all-stars. Outfielder Jose Bautista was voted in and will start. This will be his 4th ASG appearance. LHP Brett Cecil and 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion will both be making their 1st ASG appearances. RHP Steve Delabar can also make the team as part of MLB's Final Vote.
6/12/13 - The Toronto Blue Jays have been a huge disappointment. With a key injury to shortstop José Reyes the team has not been able to pick up the slack during his absence. The Jay's spent a lot of money this off-season with hopes to contend for the division title. Unfortunately that has not come to fruition and the Jays have won just 27 games and are currently 12 games out of first place. It would take almost a miracle for the Jays to climb out of this large deficit and contend for pennant race.