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  1. Blue Jays “among most serious suitors for” Brian Fuentes

    Jan 7, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Brian Fuentes has been linked to nearly a dozen teams this offseason while reportedly holding out for an opportunity to close and according to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday the Blue Jays “rank among the most serious suitors for” the 35-year-old left-hander. Toronto signed Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal last week…

  2. GM says Jose Bautista likely to play third base in 2011

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    All eyes will be on Jose Bautista‘s performance at the plate this year as he tries to follow up an out of nowhere 54-homer season, but Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated yesterday that he’ll likely also be playing third base full time after being mostly a right fielder in 2010. Anthopoulos told Shi…

  3. Kevin Gregg signs two-year, $10 million deal with Orioles

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Kevin Gregg has been linked to the Orioles for most of the offseason and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides have finally agreed to terms on a deal. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun he’ll get $10 million for two years, and the contract also includes a vesting option…

  4. Reds “are showing interest” in outfielder Fred Lewis

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds are interested in free agent outfielder Fred Lewis for a part-time role. Lewis was non-tendered by the Blue Jays despite a decent one-season stay in Toronto, hitting .262/.332/.414 with 17 steals in 480 plate appearances after coming over from the Giants in a mid-April trade. He’d…

  5. Octavio Dotel promised the chance to be Blue Jays’ closer

    Dec 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    It won’t be official until he takes a physical exam next week, but yesterday the Blue Jays signed Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a $3.5 million option or $750,000 buyout for 2012. Dotel could have signed with any number of teams as a setup man, but according to his agent in…

  6. Octavio Dotel getting interest from Rays, Pirates, Blue Jays

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Rays, Pirates, and Blue Jays are among the teams interested in free agent reliever Octavio Dotel. Pittsburgh being in the mix is interesting, because the Pirates signed Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal as a free agent last offseason and then traded him to the Dodgers…

  7. Corey Patterson among Blue Jays’ minor league signings

    Dec 21, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Toronto announced a half-dozen minor league signings today, including former top prospect Corey Patterson. Patterson is among the biggest prospect busts of the past decade, as a complete lack of plate discipline kept the former No. 3 overall pick and two-time Baseball America top-three prospect from becoming anything resembling a star. On the other hand,…

  8. Edwin Encarnacion returns to Toronto after a brief detour

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Toronto placed Edwin Encarnacion on waivers in mid-November and he was claimed by Oakland only to non-tendered three weeks later. And now he’s back with the Blue Jays, agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with a 2012 team option worth $3.5 million. It was an odd little journey for Encarnacion, but basically the moves…

  9. Orioles sign Jeremy Accardo to one-year, $1.08 million deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Non-tendered by the Blue Jays because they didn’t want to give him a raise on his 2010 salary of $1.08 million, Jeremy Accardo has signed a one-year deal with the Orioles worth … $1.08 million. Accardo had a breakout season for the Blue Jays in 2007, saving 30 games with a 2.14 ERA in 67…

  10. Kevin Gregg close to signing $12 million deal with Orioles

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Last week Baltimore reportedly offered Kevin Gregg a two-year, $8 million deal, but apparently that wasn’t enough because according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com the Orioles have upped their two-year offer to $12 million and Gregg is close to accepting. Gregg racked up 37 saves for the Blue Jays this year for his fourth straight…

  11. Pirates sign first baseman Lyle Overbay to one-year contract

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Continuing their offseason plan of stockpiling mediocre veterans, the Pirates have agreed to terms with first baseman Lyle Overbay on a one-year, $5 million contract. Overbay spent the past five seasons in Toronto, but the Blue Jays made no attempt to re-sign the 33-year-old after he hit just .243 with a .329 on-base percentage and…

  12. Martin in “serious discussions” with Yanks, Red Sox and Jays

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

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    Russell Martin’s agent said today that the rehabbing catcher is in “serious” talks with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays after the Dodgers all but ruled out a return by signing both Rod Barajas and Dioner Navarro. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com the Red Sox have made an offer to Martin, who was…

  13. Mariners and Miguel Olivo agree to two-year, $7 million deal

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Seattle has signed catcher Miguel Olivo to a two-year, $7 million contract with a team option for 2013, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. Last month the Blue Jays acquired Olivo from the Rockies for a player to be named later, declined his $2.6 million option for 2011, and then offered him arbitration, which…

  14. Arbitration offers turned down by 25 out of 27 free agents

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    For all the speculation about which Type A and Type B free agents would and wouldn’t accept arbitration offers just two of the 27 eligible players said yes: Frank Francisco of the Rangers and Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays. I’ve seen some suggestions that the low number of accepted arbitration offers means this offseason…

  15. Blue Jays acquire Rajai Davis from A’s for Trystan Magnuson

    Nov 17, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

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    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Rajai Davis from the A’s, with MLB Trade Rumors reporting that Oakland will receive minor-league reliever Trystan Magnuson in return. Oakland claimed Davis off waivers from San Francisco in early 2008 and he thrived in his first opportunity as a big-league regular the…

  16. Ramon Hernandez is probably kicking himself (or his agent) after seeing John Buck’s contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Ramon Hernandez probably isn’t very happy with his agent right now. Yesterday he re-signed with the Reds for one year and $3 million, but now John Buck has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Marlins. Buck parlayed a career-year into $18 million, yet his career-year really wasn’t better than Hernandez’s performance…

  17. Marlins “close to signing” John Buck to three-year contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins are “close to signing” John Buck to a three-year contract believed to be worth more than $15 million, which is pretty remarkable for a catcher who was available to the Blue Jays for a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason. Buck obviously boosted his value significantly with…

  18. Red Sox claim Taylor Buchholz off waivers from Blue Jays

    Nov 16, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    For the second time in a week a Blue Jays player was snatched up off waivers after Toronto cut them loose to clear space on the 40-man roster. First the A’s claimed Edwin Encarnacion as a potential alternative to Kevin Kouzmanoff at third base and yesterday the Red Sox claimed Taylor Buchholz as a buy-low…

  19. A’s claim Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from Blue Jays

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Oakland continues to be the busiest team of the early offseason, as the A’s claimed 27-year-old third baseman Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from the Blue Jays. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated last month that Encarnacion was a candidate to be non-tendered after hitting .244/.305/.482 in 367 plate appearances while missing nearly half the…

  20. Red Sox’s reported interest in John Buck seems surprising

    Nov 11, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com “the Red Sox are expected to be aggressive in their pursuit of free-agent catcher John Buck” if Victor Martinez signs elsewhere. On one hand that makes sense, as both Martinez and Jason Varitek are free agents and Buck is generally considered the second-best catcher on the market this offseason.…

  21. Manny Ramirez spotted in Toronto; does it mean anything?

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Manny Ramirez has been spotted in Toronto for the past couple days, leading to speculation that his visiting has something to do with interest from the Blue Jays. Asked if there was a connection of any kind, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos replied: “I wouldn’t comment on player rumours either way.” (And yes, he somehow…

  22. Blue Jays add Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

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    Toronto made four additions to new manager John Farrell’s staff today, adding Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach, Pat Hentgen as bullpen coach, and Torey Lovullo as first base coach. Wakamatsu was the Mariners’ manager for all of 2009 and most of this season, going 127-147 before being fired in mid-August.…

  23. Blue Jays trade for Miguel Olivo … and decline his 2011 option

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last night the Blue Jays traded a player to be named later to the Rockies for catcher Miguel Olivo, and then less than two hours later they made Olivo a free agent by declining his $2.5 million option for 2011. That may sound crazy considering Toronto had to pay Olivo a $500,000 buyout, but as…

  24. Secret’s out: Blue Jays sign John Farrell to three-year contract

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    In announcing John Farrell as their new manager yesterday the Blue Jays refused to disclose the length of his contract, which as I noted at the time is both odd and pointless because eventually someone with the team will tell someone with the media and then the attempt at secrecy will seem even weirder. Turns…

  25. Blue Jays keeping length of John Farrell’s contract a secret

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

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    This afternoon the Blue Jays officially introduced former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their new manager, but neither Farrell nor general manager Alex Anthopoulos were willing to disclose the length of his contract. Anthopoulos told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that the secrecy is needed because knowing contract details “creates unneeded speculation and takes…

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