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  1. Josh Thole expected to begin season in minors

    Jan 19, 2013, 6:02 PM EST

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    When the Blue Jays acquired Josh Thole from the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal last month, the expectation was that he would catch the majority of the knuckleballer’s starts in 2013. However, that won’t be the case if all goes according to plan. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated to Mike Cormack of…

  2. Giants GM Brian Sabean doesn’t expect Brian Wilson to return

    Jan 19, 2013, 4:03 PM EST

    Brian Wilson AP

    This has been assumed in recent days, especially with the club reportedly deep in talks with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon, but in comments to Anthony Sulla-Heffinger of the New York Post earlier today, Giants general manager Brian Sabean all but ruled out Brian Wilson’s return to the club. “I’m going to be brutally honest…

  3. Bargain-hunting Rays still have some holes

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:53 PM EST

    Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman

    The Rays have spent some money this winter, adding Yunel Escobar for shortstop, James Loney for first base and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff. Their rotation is fine even with James Shields gone and the infield might be set, if Ben Zobrist plays second base, but the team still has some needs as is.…

  4. Blue Jays avoid arbitration with J.A. Happ, Emilio Bonifacio

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:01 PM EST

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    Toronto avoided arbitration with left-hander J.A. Happ and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, handing out one-year deals that pay $3.7 million to Happ and $2.6 million to Bonifacio. It’s not clear how Happ fits into the Blue Jays’ plans, as they have five established starters in the rotation and aren’t exactly hurting for bullpen arms either, but…

  5. Giants in “advanced negotiations” with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:41 PM EST

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    We’re less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to their respective spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, yet many familiar faces remain available, especially among relievers. However, one of them might be off the market very soon. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants are in “advanced negotiations” with free…

  6. World Baseball Classic rosters announced for all countries

    Jan 17, 2013, 5:43 PM EST

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    All of the rosters for the World Baseball Classic have been released. They are subject to change, but they can all be read here by clicking on each country’s flag.  The highlights, per MLB’s press release: Venezuela’s roster currently features 11 All-Stars, including Triple Crown-winning 2012 A.L. MVP Miguel Cabrera, 2012 World Series Most Valuable…

  7. Team USA’s roster announced for the World Baseball Classic

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    The roster for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic was just announced.  It breaks down like this: Catchers: Joe Mauer, J.P. Arencibia, Jonathan Lucroy 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Brandon Phillips SS: Jimmy Rollins 3B: David Wright Utility: Ben Zobrist, Willie Bloomquist Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino Lefties: Jeremy Affeldt, Tim Collins, Derek…

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

    Jan 16, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

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    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,…

  9. When it comes to the Hall of Fame, maybe THE INTERNET is not as powerful as people think

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:30 PM EST

    Jack Morris

    MEMO To: THE INTERNET From: Agent Calcaterra Re: Agent Neyer Gentlemen: it has come to my attention that Agent Neyer has publicly doubted the efficacy of THE INTERNET to sway the Hall of Fame voting in favor of our chosen candidates. Apparently he was sleeping when THE INTERNET single handedly took control of the Hall…

  10. Blue Jays and Colby Rasmus agree to one-year contract, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

    Blue Jays' Rasmus stretches during practice at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Colby Rasmus and the Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $4.675 million deal. Rasmus has been a huge disappointment since coming to Toronto, hitting just .213 with a .657 OPS that’s a 120-point dropoff from his production in St. Louis, but he’s still only 26 years old and center fielders with 25-homer power…

  11. Joey Votto’s status in limbo for World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 PM EST

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    Joey Votto is hoping to play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he underwent knee surgery last summer and must pass a physical for insurance purposes before he’s given the go-ahead. This according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. “We have every reason to believe there will be no issue whatsoever,” Team…

  12. Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz to play for Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:36 AM EST

    Nelson Cruz Adrian Beltre Reuters

    According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said today that he plans to play for his native Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. He’ll be joined by his teammate Nelson Cruz. Beltre was limited down the stretch last season due to an abdominal injury, but didn’t require…

  13. Blue Jays sign catcher Henry Blanco

    Jan 11, 2013, 6:11 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    The Blue Jays announced this evening that they have signed catcher Henry Blanco to a non-guaranteed, one-year, $750,000 contract. Tommy Hottovy was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move, which means Blanco will occupy a spot on the 40-man roster for the time being. Blanco, 41, batted just .188/.224/.281 with one home run, seven…

  14. Rangers unlikely to acquire Darren Oliver from Blue Jays

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:40 PM EST

    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…

  15. Joakim Soria targeting June return from elbow surgery

    Jan 10, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

    Joakim Soria

    Texas signed Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million deal to serve as Joe Nathan‘s setup man, but it won’t be for a while. Soria told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he’s targeting late May or early June for his return from Tommy John elbow surgery. Soria underwent the surgery last April and many…

  16. MLB, players agree to expanded drug testing

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:08 PM EST

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    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have agreed to expand the drug testing program. Specifically, they have agreed to start in-season blood testing for human growth hormone and to implement a new test designed to better police testosterone use. Previously, HGH testing — which requires blood…

  17. My imaginary Hall of Fame ballot

    Jan 8, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Roger Clemens

    I don’t have a Hall of Fame vote, obviously, but I’ve written enough about it and criticized enough people who do have a vote that I may as well say what I’d do if I had the franchise. Here’s my whole ballot. I include everyone on it because, unlike so many of the voters, I…

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

    Jan 4, 2013, 11:35 PM EST

    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…

  19. Jose Bautista swinging at full strength following wrist surgery

    Jan 4, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

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    Jose Bautista required surgery in September to repair the tendon sheath in his left wrist, but word is that he’s making fine progress. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio has the latest on his recovery: Good news. Bautista actually expressed interest in playing winter ball this offseason, but the Blue Jays quickly shot…

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

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 PM EST

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    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…

  21. Blaine Boyer becomes the latest former Brave acquired by Dayton Moore

    Jan 3, 2013, 5:10 PM EST

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    It was OK to say “hey, he knows the guy” the first eleventeen times Dayton Moore signed or traded for a former Brave. Now it’s just a fetish: #Royals sign right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract for 2013. Boyer has made 233 relief appearances in MLB career. — Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) January…

  22. Rangers sign Jason Frasor to one-year, $1.5 million deal

    Jan 3, 2013, 11:43 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE: It’s now official for $1.5 million, which is a nice bargain pickup for Texas. ========== Jason Frasor is close to signing a one-year contract with the Rangers, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. Frasor has spent his entire nine-year career with the Blue Jays except for a two-month stint in 2011…

  23. George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees 40 years ago today

    Jan 3, 2013, 9:46 AM EST

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    Forty years ago today George Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees. The price? $10 million, which is what the Cubs are paying Carlos Villanueva over the next two years. The then-stated managerial philosophy: “We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned. We’re not going to pretend we’re something we aren’t. I’ll…

  24. After shoulder surgery Sergio Santos “is ready for spring training” and may be Blue Jays’ closer

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:45 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Last year around this time the Blue Jays acquired Sergio Santos from the White Sox to be their long-term closer, but he ended up being shut down in April before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. In his absence Casey Janssen emerged as the Blue Jays’ closer, saving 22 games with a 2.54 ERA, but Richard Griffin…

  25. Matt Garza vows to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

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    Matt Garza didn’t make another start after July 19 this past season due to a stress reaction in his throwing elbow, but he’s hoping for better luck in 2013. According to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, Garza hasn’t had any issues with his elbow since he resumed throwing earlier this month. Barring any setbacks, he fully…

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