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  1. The Blue Jays are making it an easy call to sell

    Jul 24, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    After holding a players only meeting earlier in the day, the Blue Jays were up on the Dodgers 8-3 after six innings Tuesday night, only to give up seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to lose 10-9. It was their sixth straight defeat. Even the All-Star setup crew is getting into the action…

  2. Jose Bautista launches go-ahead homer to lead Blue Jays to 10th straight win

    Jun 22, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista Getty

    Another day, another win for the Blue Jays. Thanks to a dramatic go-ahead two-run homer by Jose Bautista in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Blue Jays defeated the Orioles 4-2 this afternoon for their 10th consecutive win. The Blue Jays had a 2-1 lead going into the top of the eighth inning behind…

  3. Blue Jays place Darren Oliver on DL, call up Sean Nolin

    May 24, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Darren Oliver Getty

    Blue Jays left-hander Darren Oliver has been his usual effective self this season at age 42, posting a sub-3.25 ERA for the sixth straight season, but now he’s headed to the disabled list with a strained shoulder. To replace Oliver on the roster Toronto called up Double-A left-hander Sean Nolin, a 23-year-old who was their…

  4. Baseball’s discrimination against old players has to stop

    May 21, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    miguel batista getty

    Sorry. That headline may have been a bit dramatic. But see, I turn 40 in July. And while I’m generally cool with that — and while I am, in all honestly, in The Best Shape of My Life — it has dawned on me pretty clearly that we are almost to the point where there…

  5. Travis Hafner stole a base and tried to bunt for a hit

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Not only is Travis Hafner hitting .319 with a 1.120 OPS for the Yankees, he’s turned back to the clock to when he was a bunting, base-stealing machine. Well, actually he’s never been either of those things. Until yesterday, that is. Hafner stole second base without a throw, which was his first steal since 2010…

  6. 2013 Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

    Mar 26, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    Blue Jays

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: The Blue Jays went for it this offseason. They gonna get it? There’s…

  7. Darren Oliver isn’t retiring, will pitch for the Blue Jays

    Jan 16, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Darren Oliver Getty

    Darren Oliver told the Blue Jays he’d retire if they didn’t give him a raise on his $3 million contract or trade him to the Rangers, but they never caved into his demands and now the 42-year-old reliever is coming back to pitch in 2013 … for Toronto. The team made an official announcement today,…

  8. Rangers unlikely to acquire Darren Oliver from Blue Jays

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    Darren Oliver Getty

    We heard last week that Darren Oliver wanted a raise from the Blue Jays or a trade to the Rangers to be coaxed to come back for his 20th season in the majors, but nobody is blinking yet. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that while the Rangers have talked with the Blue Jays about possibly…

  9. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos believes Darren Oliver will retire

    Jan 4, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Darren Oliver Getty

    Remember how left-hander Darren Oliver wanted a raise to return to the Blue Jays in 2013? Yeah, well, general manager Alex Anthopoulos is calling his bluff. According to Chris Toman of MLB.com, Anthopoulos said earlier tonight that he doesn’t expect Oliver to be with the Blue Jays next season and believes the 42-year-old will ultimately…

  10. Darren Oliver wants a raise to return to Blue Jays for another season

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    The Blue Jays exercised their $3 million club option on Darren Oliver earlier this winter in hopes of convincing him to come back for another season, but there’s still no resolution with the 42-year-old left-hander. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that while Oliver wants to play, he’s not willing to return unless the Blue Jays increase…

  11. Blue Jays hoping 42-year-old Darren Oliver will change his mind about retiring

    Dec 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Despite posting a 2.06 ERA in 57 innings this year and a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the past five seasons Darren Oliver is still leaning toward retirement at age 42. Oliver first said that two months ago, although Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays are “holding out hope that will change…

  12. Darren Oliver is leaning toward retirement

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Some baseball players go out on top. Some baseball players stay in the game until they’re in their 40s.  Very few do both. Darren Oliver seems poised to, however, as Jon Heyman reports that Oliver is leaning toward retirement. This despite the fact that, just yesterday, the Blue Jays exercised his $3 million option. He certainly…

  13. Blue Jays exercise option on lefty reliever Darren Oliver and re-sign outfielder Rajai Davis

    Oct 31, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    darren oliver getty

    Veteran left-handed reliever Darren Oliver was said to be considering retirement earlier this month. But that apparently won’t be happening. According to beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, the Blue Jays exercised Oliver’s $3 million club option on Wednesday. They also re-signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal after declining his $3…

  14. Darren Oliver considering retirement despite 2.10 ERA

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Darren Oliver has been so good while posting a sub-3.00 ERA in five straight seasons that it’s easy to forget he’s 41 years old, but the Blue Jays left-hander revealed yesterday that retirement is on his mind. Oliver has had one of his best seasons, throwing 56 innings with a 2.10 ERA and 52/15 K/BB…

  15. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-51

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Here’s part two of the top 111 free agents list. Part one can be found here, and I’ll be posting the top 50 tomorrow. 80. Carlos Lee (1B Marlins – Age 36): Lee still hits a fair number of liners at age 36, but his home run total has dropped six straight seasons and he…

  16. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 28, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 6, Rays 5: Adrian Beltre was last week’s player of the week after hitting for the cycle one night and hitting three bombs on another. He’s off to a good start for that award again, going 3 for 3 with a homer a double and four RBI. David Price had one of his worst…

  17. Blue Jays ditch Francisco Cordero as fill-in closer, turn to Casey Janssen

    May 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Sergio Santos is still a few weeks from returning from a shoulder injury, but Francisco Cordero‘s time filling in for him as the Blue Jays’ closer is over now. Cordero’s latest ugly outing last night involved blowing his third save in five tries, leaving him with a 9.53 ERA, and the Blue Jays have stripped…

  18. So that’s why no one wanted Francisco Cordero this winter

    May 9, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Brandon Inge has gone from castoff to hero in record time, as a walkoff grand slam gave him his second straight four-RBI game Tuesday in Oakland’s 7-3 win over Toronto. The slam came off Francisco Cordero, who quickly blew his third save in a row by giving up a double, a sac bunt and an…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Have Toronto Blue Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista?

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Have the Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista? Several times this…

  20. Running down the rosters: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a bunch of smart moves since taking over after the 2009 season and he was presented with one of the greatest gifts in major league history when the Angels took Vernon Wells‘ contract off his hands and sent back Mike Napoli in return, yet his Blue Jays are still…

  21. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  22. Blue Jays release Mark Teahen, eat $5.5 million salary

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays batter Mark Teahen returns to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland

    UPDATE: As expected, Teahen and his $5.5 million contract passed through waivers unclaimed and today the Blue Jays released him. They’re on the hook for his entire salary. ========== Toronto needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Darren Oliver and did so by designating Mark Teahen for assignment. Teahen…

  23. Darren Oliver’s deal: $4 million plus an option

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    darren oliver getty

    Darren Oliver‘s signing with the Blue Jays — which we’ve known about for a while — was actually announced today, complete with terms: he gets $4 million for 2012 with a $3 million team option for 2013. There is a $500K buyout of that option, so his guaranteed money is $4.5 million. Not bad for…

  24. Blue Jays sign left-hander Aaron Laffey to a split contract

    Dec 31, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    After reportedly inking veteran reliever Darren Oliver to a one-year contract with a club option for 2013, the Blue Jays have added another left-hander to the fold. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Blue Jays have signed Aaron Laffey to a split contract. Laffey was non-tendered by the Royals earlier this month and actually turned…

  25. UPDATE: Darren Oliver, Blue Jays reach a one-year deal with a club option for 2013

    Dec 30, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    darren oliver getty

    UPDATE: T.R. Sullivan confirms the deal. It’s a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. 3:14 PM: Evan Grant reports that Darren Oliver is poised to sign with the Blue Jays. The terms are still unknown, but Oliver made $3.25 million last year and all he did was have the best season of his career…

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