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  1. Athletics considering free agent shortstops Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    The Athletics could be involved in trade talks with the Marlins for Yunel Escobar, but they are also keeping their eyes on the free agent market. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics general manager Billy Beane said this evening that Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima are the two free agent shortstop…

  2. Ricky Nolasco wants to be traded

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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    After watching the Marlins dismantle their roster over the past few months, Ricky Nolasco‘s agent, Matt Sosnick told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick today that his client wants to be traded: “Ricky and I have spoken a lot since the end of the season,” Sosnick said. “Just watching the way the offseason has transpired for the Marlins…

  3. The Marlins are shopping Yunel Escobar

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rays are pursuing Escobar and that the A’s could also be in play. 7:20 PM: The Marlins acquired Yunel Escobar last month as part of the 12-player blockbuster with the Blue Jays, but he was never expected to be long for Miami, as he’s owed $5 million…

  4. The market for Joel Hanrahan is surprisingly weak

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

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    Joel Hanrahan is an exceptional 76-for-84 saving games for the Pirates the last two years, but he isn’t drawing as much interest around the league as the team has hoped, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel. The Pirates recently shopped Hanrahan to a pair of American League teams, only to get the response that…

  5. Must-click link: Anatomy of a blockbuster

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson

    Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun has penned an excellent piece detailing how the recent 12-player blockbuster trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins went down. It’s rare that we get a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the inner workings of a trade, but Elliott has it from both sides and presents it in an entertaining and…

  6. The MLBPA elects its player reps

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson Reuters

    When I had a real job my boss used to call me the “shop steward.” But that was because (a) I was lazy; and (b) he hated unions and thought that laziness was the primary trait of unions. It was a great office. In reality, union representatives do things, all while still having to focus…

  7. Casey Janssen had shoulder surgery on November 16

    Nov 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Nearly two weeks later the Blue Jays announced today that reliever Casey Janssen underwent shoulder surgery “to repair lingering AC joint soreness.” John Lott of the National Post notes: “This is the second time in the past month that the club revealed that a pitcher with a previously undisclosed injury had undergone surgery. Late in…

  8. Mike Napoli meeting with Red Sox this weekend and Rangers next week

    Nov 24, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier this week that Mike Napoli met with the Mariners, but he has at least two more stops on his itinerary in the coming days. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Napoli is meeting with the Red Sox this weekend while Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM hears that he…

  9. The Blue Jays signed Julio Izturis, not Cesar Izturis

    Nov 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Turns out the Blue Jays didn’t sign Cesar Izturis after all. Mike Cormack of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays actually signed Julio Izturis, who is Cesar’s 23-year-old brother. He played with the Giants’ low Class A affiliate this past season. Wednesday, 7:13 PM: After stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Baltimore, Milwaukee…

  10. Bud Selig approves Marlins-Blue Jays blockbuster citing “plausible baseball judgment”

    Nov 19, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Commissioner Bud Selig has signed off on the blockbuster Marlins-Blue Jays trade one week after Miami agreed to send Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto for Adeiny Hechavarria, Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick, and Anthony Desclafani. There was some speculation that Selig might…

  11. Blue Jays sign Melky Cabrera to two-year, $16 million deal

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

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    In case there was any doubt left that the Blue Jays are pulling out all the stops following their blockbuster trade with the Marlins earlier this week, now Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Toronto has signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million contract. Cabrera got the All-Star game MVP and…

  12. Mike Trout, baseball’s best player, is denied MVP award

    Nov 15, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    In handing Miguel Cabrera the American League MVP award, the voters weren’t making a statement that Cabrera’s four additional points of batting average, his 14 homers or even his 56 RBI made him a better player than Mike Trout last season. Because this isn’t really about who was the better player. Sportswriters decided long ago…

  13. Breaking down the huge Toronto-Miami trade

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    It’s not official yet, but here are some early thoughts on the trade as it’s currently being presented: Blue Jays acquire SS Jose Reyes, RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, INF-OF Emilio Bonifacio, C John Buck and $4 million from the Marlins for SS Yunel Escobar, RHP Henderson Alvarez, SS Adeiny Hechvarria, LHP Justin Nicolino,…

  14. Blue Jays getting Johnson, Buehrle, Reyes, Buck and Bonifacio in megatrade with Marlins

    Nov 13, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

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    UPDATE, 8:58 PM: Olney says the 12-player trade might not be finalized until sometime Wednesday. UPDATE, 7:49 PM: Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel adds that right-handed prospect Anthony DeSclafani is going to Miami. That’s the final piece of the puzzle. Here’s the breakdown: BLUE JAYS GET: SS Jose Reyes RHP Josh Johnson LHP…

  15. Blue Jays considering reunion with Shaun Marcum

    Nov 11, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Here is Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun: The Jays called to inquire about the market price for former Jays right-hander, free agent Shaun Marcum, who went 20-11 with a 3.60 ERA in 44 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers in two seasons after being dealt for Brett Lawrie. Marcum is only 30 years old and…

  16. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

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    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  17. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  18. Indians acquire Mike Aviles from Blue Jays

    Nov 3, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Two weeks after being traded to the Blue Jays in the deal that sent manager John Farrell to the Red Sox, Mike Aviles is on the move again. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have shipped Aviles and utility man Yan Gomes to the Indians in exchange for right-hander Esmil Rogers. Aviles,…

  19. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  20. Darren Oliver is leaning toward retirement

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 31, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    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,…

  23. Vladimir Guerrero to play winter ball for Licey

    Oct 29, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

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    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,…

  24. How did the BSOHL guys do in 2012?

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    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…

  25. Blue Jays claim Bobby Wilson off waivers from Angels

    Oct 22, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    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…

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