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  1. Jose Bautista doesn’t mind all the extra drug tests

    Jan 31, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Last week Jose Bautista noted at a banquet that he has been given a ton more drug tests since he became a super duper power hitter.  He said yesterday, however, that he doesn’t want to be taken as complaining about it.  Quite the contrary: “It has increased in the last two years compared to before…

  2. Kenny Williams hears the boos at Sox Fest

    Jan 28, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Kenny Williams

    White Sox GM Kenny Williams got the rockstar treatment at Sox Fest after bringing in Adam Dunn last year. A 79-83 season later, the reaction was far different Friday, as he was booed during introductions. “I was booed in 2004 and 2007 and we went to the playoffs the next year, so bring it on.…

  3. 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):…

  4. Blue Jays sign Francisco Cordero to serve as setup man

    Jan 24, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Not only couldn’t Francisco Cordero secure a multi-year contract coming off a season in which the longtime closer saved 37 games with a 2.45 ERA, it turns out he couldn’t even find a closing gig. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cordero has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Blue Jays, who…

  5. The Blue Jays finalize their extension with Brandon Morrow

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we heard about the Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow nearing a three-year extension. Today it’s final: three years, $20 million with a $10 million team option for 2015. A $1 million buyout makes it a $21 million total commitment. A gamble? Sure, but not a gigantic one and an average of $7 million a…

  6. Omar Vizquel agrees to minor-league deal with Blue Jays

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick originally reported that Vizquel was getting a one-year deal, but it’s actually a minor-league deal with a spring training invite. He’s expected to battle Mike McCoy and Luis Valbuena for a utility infield job. 8:00 PM: While we haven’t heard much about Omar Vizquel this winter, we’re happy to pass along word…

  7. Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow close to three-year extension

    Jan 23, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

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    According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays and right-hander Brandon Morrow are nearing a three-year, $20 million contract extension. The proposed deal includes a $10 million option for 2015 or a $1 million buyout. An official announcement could come as soon as tomorrow. Morrow requested $4.2 million and was offered $3.9 million from the…

  8. 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…

  9. Blue Jays avoid arbitration with Colby Rasmus at $2.7M

    Jan 15, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Blue Jays have inked Colby Rasmus to a $2.7 million contract for 2012, thus avoiding salary arbitration with the 25-year-old center fielder. Rasmus made a poor first impression with Toronto last year, batting just .173/.201/.316 in 140 plate appearances after being acquired from the Cardinals at the July…

  10. Ricky Romero talks of family, hard work, rise from East LA

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:52 AM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    We got a glimpse of Ricky Romero’s personality and history at the All-Star game last July. The Toronto Blue Jays left-hander couldn’t contain his glee at being selected as a replacement player for the big game in Phoenix, and he spoke with pride of the hard work it took him to rise from the ballfields…

  11. Picture of the Day: J.P. Arencibia and a very young fan

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is participating in the team’s “Winter Tour” this weekend, meeting admirers and signing autographs in various Canadian cities. The photo below comes from Ottawa, where the 26-year-old former first-round pick was asked to pose with an especially young Jays fan. Gotta get to ‘em early.

  12. White Sox may be serious bidders for Yoenis Cespedes

    Dec 31, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Between this winter’s trades of closer Sergio Santos and outfielder Carlos Quentin, the White Sox have cut about $10 million in payroll. Could they be gearing up for something (or someone) special? Perhaps. Maybe. Potentially. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago expects the White Sox to take part in the bidding for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes,…

  13. Edwin Encarnacion is playing left field in the Dominican Winter League

    Dec 24, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    We heard last month that Edwin Encarnacion was going to play some left field during winter ball. Well, the experiment is officially underway. According to a report in the Toronto Sun, Encarnacion has played left field in four out of his first five games with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League. Encarnacion proved to…

  14. White Sox reach five-year, $65M extension with John Danks

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Cancel the fire sale in Chicago. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the White Sox have agreed to a five-year, $65 million contact extension with left-handed starter John Danks. The deal will be made official soon after Christmas. After the White Sox traded closer Sergio Santos and his team-friendly three-year, $8.25 million contract to the…

  15. Two weeks later Mets finally announce Frank Francisco deal

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco

    Two weeks ago the Mets signed reliever Frank Francisco to a two-year, $12 million contract. Today they finally announced the move, officially adding Francisco to the 40-man roster. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News joked that perhaps Francisco’s physical exam took 14 days to administer. He does have a pretty lengthy injury history,…

  16. Report: The Blue Jays are the high bidders for Yu Darvish

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

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    As we noted last night, nothing will be official until next week, but the New York Post is reporting that the Blue Jays have made the highest bid for negotiating rights for Japanese sensation Yu Darvish. The Post reports that “according to several sources with knowledge of the situation,” the Blue Jays owner, Rogers Communications,…

  17. Cardinals choose cash instead of players to complete July swap with Blue Jays

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    As part of July’s eight-player swap with the Blue Jays that was headlined by Colby Rasmus and Edwin Jackson the Cardinals received three players to be named later or cash considerations. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that St. Louis has opted for cash instead of players in all three instances, although the exact dollar amounts…

  18. Tracking the non-tenders: Joe Saunders, Luke Scott, Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Here’s the official list of players non-tendered prior to the Monday midnight deadline: American League Baltimore: OF/DH Luke Scott, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Willie Eyre Scott went from hitting .284/.368/.535 during an excellent 2010 season to .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats during a 2011 season shortened by shoulder surgery. The Orioles could re-sign him for significantly less…

  19. Brad Mills remains Astros manager despite ownership and front office shakeup

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    When the Astros fired general manager Ed Wade there was speculation this his replacement might let manager Brad Mills go and bring in his own guy, but new GM Jeff Luhnow made it clear that won’t happen. “Brad’s our manager,” Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. “I had a good conversation with him, and I’m…

  20. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  21. Deducing Albert Pujols’ mystery team

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:28 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark surmises that the mystery team chasing Albert Pujols is a club with an established first baseman that it would need to trade in order to make room for a shiny new three-time MVP. So, let’s run through the league to see who might qualify. I’ll exclude the Cardinals and Angels — the known…

  22. UPDATE: Kelly Johnson accepts arbitration from Blue Jays

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Kelly Johnson

    That free agent Kelly Johnson would no longer cost signing teams a first-round pick was supposed to enhance his market, but he’s leaning towards accepting arbitration from the Blue Jays anyway, MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports. The general aversion most teams have to spending big at second base seems to be playing a role here. Johnson…

  23. Report: Francisco Rodriguez accepts Brewers’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    10:30 p.m. EST update: A source told Venezuelan reporter Marcos Grunfeld that Francisco Rodriguez has accepted the arbitration offer. U.S. sources Danny Knobler and Jon Heyman haven’t comfirmed, but they do say it’s likely. 6:15 p.m. EST update: A Boras rep told the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt that K-Rod has yet to decide on arbitration.…

  24. Greetings from Day 3 of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    In N Out

    In-N-Out in Dallas?  Who knew?  Baseball writers, that’s who. You could put them on an island in some far flung sea and they’d be able to find an In-N-Out Burger.  It’s just what they do. I felt obligated to go anyway. The lobby was getting to be too much for me last night.  The first…

  25. Mets sign Frank Francisco for two years, $12 million

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco

    10:15 p.m. EST update: Gulp. FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi states that the deal is worth $12 million over two years. Apparently, the Mets didn’t get the note that there are more closers available than teams needing them. 10:10 p.m. EST update: Jon Heyman confirms the original report from Newsday’s Ken Davidoff. No word on terms…

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