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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Ricky Romero undergoes minor elbow surgery, gets plasma injections in both knees

    Oct 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery and “received platelet-rich plasma injections in both knees to enhance recovery from quad tendinitis,” which perhaps helps explain at least some of his disastrous season. Romero was an All-Star last season and got off to a decent start this year,…

  4. Vladimir Guerrero to play winter ball for Licey

    Oct 29, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero, who sat out most of the 2012 season after not finding any offers to his liking in free agency, will play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. The popular Licey Tigers announced that he’d join the team on Nov. 4. Guerrero signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays in May,…

  5. How did the BSOHL guys do in 2012?

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Print

    Each winter we keep tabs on which players — and sometimes which managers or even bloggers — report to spring training in The Best Shape of Their Lives.  Let’s see how the winter 2011-12 roster did compared to their 2011 seasons when, presumably, they were in terrible shape. Note: there may have been a few…

  6. Blue Jays claim Bobby Wilson off waivers from Angels

    Oct 22, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Bobby Wilson

    When it comes to collecting terrible-hitting former Angels catchers the Blue Jays just can’t help themselves. Toronto has claimed Bobby Wilson off waivers, adding him to a roster that already included Angels castoff Jeff Mathis. Wilson spent this season backing up Chris Iannetta, but was forced into extended duty by Iannetta’s broken wrist and ended…

  7. The Blue Jays are looking to trade Yunel Escobar

    Oct 22, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays are looking to trade shortstop Yunel Escobar this winter. Between him being basically run out of Atlanta a couple of years ago due the perception that he wasn’t a team player, that business with the eyeblack late this season, the fact that he makes $5 million next year…

  8. Red Sox banking on John Farrell becoming a better manager in Boston

    Oct 21, 2012, 2:52 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    There’s simply no way the Red Sox could have looked at John Farrell’s work in Toronto and came away with the idea that he was a great manager. The Blue Jays were a horrible baserunning team, they had Omar Vizquel questioning their clubhouse leadership and their win total decreased in both of his years at…

  9. Red Sox hire manager John Farrell away from the Blue Jays, send Mike Aviles to Toronto

    Oct 20, 2012, 11:28 PM EDT

    john farrell getty

    From Sean McAdam of CSN New England comes word that the Red Sox have hired current Blue Jays skipper John Farrell to be their next manager. Farrell has already worked out a contract with Boston that will run through 2015. Compensation for Toronto will be announced in the next couple days. The Red Sox interviewed…

  10. Jesse Litsch ponders another surgery with baseball future in doubt

    Oct 19, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Litsch throws to the  Rays during their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    27-year-old right-hander Jesse Litsch, still suffering from the aftereffects of an infection in his shoulder, will see a cartilage specialist later this month and may elect for his third surgery this year as he attempts to salvage his career. Litsch’s infection arose after he received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his shoulder in February. Surgery…

  11. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    trout getty

    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  12. What do Scott Rolen, Alex Rodriguez, and Omar Vizquel have in common?

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    This doesn’t mean anything, really, but I found it interesting. From the “stats and info” department at ESPN: Scott Rolen joins A-Rod and Omar Vizquel as only players to K to end a postseason series twice in a career. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2012 And as Calcaterra points out, Dusty Baker…

  13. That’s some clown makeup, bro

    Oct 8, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Harper eye black

    It’s really sunny in St. Louis today. Like, blindingly so. But don’t worry, folks, because Bryce Harper‘s got his: That’s gotta be the second most offensive eyeblack of the season. And even Yunel Escobar is probably watching this on TV and saying “damn.” We laugh, but when he’s the only one who isn’t blinded by…

  14. My MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year picks

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Here are my picks for the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards for each league. Obviously, these are all for fun. I’m not a BBWAA member and do not have ballots for any of these awards. Feel free to flame away. AL MVP 1. Mike Trout 2. Miguel Cabrera 3. Robinson Cano 4.…

  15. Last time the Orioles were in the playoffs …

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    jim thome indians

    OK, so by now we’ve all heard plenty about how the Orioles are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. October 15, 1997 to be exact, when they lost 1-0 to the Indians in Game 6 of the ALCS on a Tony Fernandez homer off Armando Benitez in the 11th inning. I…

  16. Red Sox can do better than John Farrell for next manager

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    John Farrell; Marvin Hudson

    With Bobby Valentine officially gone after months of being left dangling on the hook, the focus in Boston has immediately shifted to Blue Jays manager John Farrell. And I’m left to wonder why. Now, Farrell had a sterling reputation in five years as Boston’s pitching coach. But managing a team is a different animal. And…

  17. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 12, Rangers 5: Oakland shocks the world. No one on the planet had them pegged as a playoff team and, as recently as a week ago, no one figured they had a chance in hell at the division crown. Well, that’s what you get for pegging and figuring. As for the Rangers … just,…

  18. Triple Crown Watch

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    The latest on Miguel Cabrera‘s chase for the Triple Crown: Batting Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera   .329 2. Mike Trout   .325 3. Joe Mauer   .322 Home Run Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera  44 2. Josh Hamilton  43 3. Edwin Encarnacion  42 RBI Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera  137 2. Josh Hamilton  127 Among those leaders,…

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

    Oct 2, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Tigers 6, Royals 3: Before the season began I said something to the effect of “if I had to bet the lives of my children on the outcome of any division, it would be the Tigers winning the AL Central.” I repeated that line on the radio a bunch of times.  I was sweating it…

  20. MLB investigating homophobic message sent from Derek Holland’s Twitter account

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Getty Derek Holland

    According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this evening that MLB is investigating a homophobic message sent from Derek Holland‘s Twitter account to a heckler last night. The tweet, which has since been deleted, was posted during the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Angels in…

  21. Mike Napoli “plays with a vengeance” against the Angels

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mike Napoli Getty

    Mike Napoli‘s six seasons with the Angels were filled with good production and fans clamoring for manager Mike Scioscia to play him more at catcher instead of light-hitting defensive specialist Jeff Mathis. Napoli was traded away in January of 2011 and his two seasons since leaving the Angels have been filled with crushing his former…

  22. 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…

  23. Yankees come back on Blue Jays, AL East remains deadlocked

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano

    After the Orioles closed out the Red Sox 6-3 to finish a three-game sweep Sunday, the Yankees completed their comeback on the Blue Jays, winning 9-6 to preserve the tie atop the AL East. They say I can’t focus on the positive. Let’s give it a whirl: Yankees – Definitely a great day for the…

  24. Luke Hochevar’s horrible season ends with 10-run inning

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    Despite sporting a 7-13 record and a 5.36 ERA, Luke Hochevar got a vote of confidence from the Royals’ organization earlier this month. He’s responded in classic Hochevarian fashion; he gave up 22 runs over 24 innings in his last four starts. Hochevar’s season officially ended during the Indians’ 10-run fifth inning on Sunday. Hochevar…

  25. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

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