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  1. Jose Bautista is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 24, 2014, 6:15 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

    We heard about Melky Cabrera being in The Best Shape of His Life last week. Well, he didn’t work out alone. He had teammate Jose Bautista with him, and Bautista characterizes the purpose of those workouts: “It was kind of easy and natural and we just decided to start earlier than we normally do,” Bautista said. “We…

  2. Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs to man the Comcast booth for the Phillies

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

    Matt Stairs

    Now this is fun: Todd Zolecki reports that Comcast SportsNet will announce Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs have joined its Phillies broadcast team as early as tomorrow. They’re just finalizing the contracts. Both Stairs and Moyer played for the 2008 World Series champs and both seem — from this distance anyway — to be a lot of fun. Bonus: with those…

  3. Pirates and Kendrys Morales have “mutual interest”

    Feb 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes this report along in his always-info-packed weekly Sunday notes column: Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, free agent — Morales fits what the Pirates need, a first baseman/middle of the order hitter. There’s mutual interest, but while the Pirates would love him on the right contract, they may also pursue a…

  4. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  5. Picture of the Day: Jose Reyes is dedicated

    Feb 3, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes instagram

    The East Coast was hit hard with a snowstorm today, but that didn’t stop Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes from stepping outside to play catch. Check out this picture Reyes posted to his Instagram account this afternoon: Now that’s dedication. This is a good time to remind you that pitchers and catchers report to Blue…

  6. Ian Kinsler rejected a possible trade to the Blue Jays

    Jan 30, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler Getty

    Shi Davidi of SportsNet reports that the Jays had two potential trades fall through this offseason: one for Brett Anderson, one for Ian Kinsler. The Anderson deal fell through due to the Jays’ concern over his health. Kinsler was a different matter: But a potential deal was scuttled by the three-time all-star’s no-trade clause, leaving…

  7. Blue Jays remain interested in free agent starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana

    Jan 29, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal shares the buzz at FOXSports.com: The Toronto Blue Jays, in need of another starting pitcher, might finally be preparing to pounce. The Jays have yet to make an offer to a free-agent starter, according to major league sources. But they have done extensive background work on right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, digging into his medical…

  8. Jamie Moyer interviewed for the Phillies’ announcer gig

    Jan 23, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Brad Lidge pulled himself out of the running to replace Gary Matthews as the Phillies’ television analyst and now Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Jamie Moyer interviewed for the job. According to Zolecki the “top candidates” for the gig are Moyer, Mitch Williams, Mickey Morandini, and Kevin Stocker. Doug Glanville apparently removed himself from…

  9. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  10. Of course you want to read the pitch for A-Rod: The Movie

    Jan 22, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    UPDATE: Well, it appears as though the Post has taken the pitch and the story down. Was it b.s.? Was it the next zillion-dollar media project and no one wants it seen yet? NO MAN CAN SAY! 3: 48 PM: Well, it’s not called that. It’s a book pitch, actually, which is simultaneously being shopped…

  11. The Arbitrator’s Decision: Creatively Counting to 150

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    I’ve received a copy of the complaint Alex Rodriguez has filed in federal court seeking to overturn the arbitration decision against him and naming the MLBPA as a defendant as a result of their alleged failure to advance and aid in his defense. A full copy of the documents can be read here. I have…

  12. Tony Bosch: Alex Rodriguez wanted to start an 800-homer club

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Interviewed by 60 Minutes for Sunday’s show, former drug dealer Tony Bosch says he first met with Alex Rodriguez in 2010 and subsequently gave him numerous performance enhancers and supplements over the following two years, including the banned substances testosterone, hGH and insulin growth factor. Bosch said upon meeting Rodriguez the former MVP asked him…

  13. Blue Jays abandon idea of turning Jeremy Jeffress into a starter

    Jan 11, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jeremy Jeffress Getty

    In November, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Blue Jays were planning to move Jeremy Jeffress from the bullpen into the starting rotation. Two months later, Passan reports that the Jays are abandoning that idea, preferring to continue using Jeffress as a reliever. Jeffress, now 26 years old, was drafted by the Brewers…

  14. Scout: “I could tell, on the day, when Jhonny Peralta was off the steroids”

    Jan 8, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

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    This is interesting and, thankfully, has nothing to do with the Hall of Fame: Jeff Pearlman sat down and talked with former major leaguer Brian Johnson, who currently serves as a scout with the San Francisco Giants. The entire podcast is here, but Jeff has extensive excerpts from his conversation over at theScore. Johnson has a…

  15. Royals sign Ramon Hernandez

    Jan 7, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Kansas City has signed veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Hernandez is coming off a two-year, $6.4 million contract with the Rockies, but he only made it through one season in Colorado before they cut him loose. Last year he played…

  16. Blue Jays said to be “leading candidates” for either Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:03 AM EDT

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    The great Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com shares this scoop: The Blue Jays, quiet for much of the offseason, still figure to acquire one and possibly two starting pitchers once the logjam caused by [Masahiro] Tanaka starts to resolve. The Jays are a leading candidate to sign either [Ervin] Santana or [Ubaldo] Jimenez; they have two…

  17. Photo of the Day: This is how Roy Halladay dresses up for 1980s costume parties

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

    Camera

    Happy New Year’s Eve. If you’ve come here for serious baseball news today, well, I feel bad for ya son.  But at least we have stuff like Roy Halladay dressing up like Jamie Moyer for a 1980s-themed costume party: @kmo50Moyer Fallin in love with 1986 #49 @Cubs thanks Roy and Brandi for the tribute #80scostume…

  18. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  19. A bunch of players were claimed off waivers today

    Dec 23, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Eric Surkamp Getty

    Today we saw an unusual amount of players claimed off waivers. They can probably best be described as 40-man roster stocking stuffers. Here’s a quick look at the busy day of transactions: The Blue Jays claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the White Sox Morel hit 10 homers in 126 games with the…

  20. Chien-Ming Wang signs with the Reds

    Dec 19, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    There are a couple of reports this morning that Chien-Ming Wang has signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds with a spring training invitation. We last saw Wang getting shellacked in a July game for the Toronto Blue Jays, in which he couldn’t escape the second inning after allowing six runs on eight hits…

  21. White Sox decide closers exist to be cashed in

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Rick Hahn

    It’s a world gone topsy-turvy, I tell you. Billy Beane’s Athletics are going to spend about $10 million on closer Jim Johnson next year, even though their bullpen would seem to be plenty good without him. Meanwhile, the White Sox are playing at Oakland’s old game, trading their closers as soon as they can manufacture…

  22. The Royals and Blue Jays discussed a Billy Butler trade

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail is reporting that the Royals and Blue Jays have discussed a trade involving first baseman-slash-DH Billy Butler. He clarifies that there has been no movement on a deal beyond the initial discussions, and adds that the Jays would receive prospects along with Butler in such a deal. It’s…

  23. Now a knuckleballer, Tomo Ohka reportedly has a minor league deal with the Blue Jays

    Dec 11, 2013, 11:34 PM EDT

    Tomo Ohka Getty

    The Blue Jays already have one knuckleballer with 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey and it sounds like they are about to add another one to the mix. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays have reached a verbal agreement on a minor league contract with Tomo Ohka, who has reinvented…

  24. Shin-Soo Choo is said to be aiming for eight years

    Dec 11, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    We heard earlier today that free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was looking for a seven-year, $140 million contract, but he’s actually aiming a bit higher. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the “general sense among teams involved” is that Choo will sign with whoever offers him an eight-year deal. The belief is that he…

  25. Blue Jays shopping Colby Rasmus

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

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    Bob Elliott cuts to the chase in the Toronto Sun: Colby Rasmus is on the market and has been offered to two teams by the Blue Jays for starting pitching. Toronto probably wants a good, cost-controlled starter in return for the 27-year-old Rasmus, who had an .840 OPS, 22 homers and 66 RBI in 118…

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