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Report: Pitcher Marcus Stroman expresses frustration with Blue Jays

Meeting with reporters on Sunday, right-hander Marcus Stroman expressed frustration with the Blue Jays for not offering him a contract extension during the offseason. However, Stroman’s claim was refuted by an industry source, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.  Whether or not the team did submit an offer, no deal has come to fruition, leaving Stroman in his penultimate year of club control. While Stroman generally thrived in Toronto from 2014-17, last season the 27-year-old battled...

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Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays at odds over state of contract offer

Have the Toronto Blue Jays made any effort to keep pitcher Marcus Stroman for the long term? One side says yes, the other says no. On Sunday morning, Stroman publicly vented that he’d been offered “nothing” by the Blue Jays despite his desire to stay with the team and his love for the city. Stroman’s comments, especially unprompted, are quite interesting. He clearly wants to stay in Toronto, and he clearly believes he’s a huge part of the team. The Blue Jays, however, quietly...

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Tom Dakers

Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Back in 2016 the Blue Jays signed Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to a 7-year contract, $22 million contract. He was a top rated international free agent. We figured he’d make it to the Jays quickly.

Before the 2017 season we had him 6th on out prospect list and he was 73th Baseball America’s top 100 prospect list.

A crappy 2017 season (.229/.268/.339 line) had him tumbling down our list, to 18th and off Baseball America’s list. The thought that he would make it to the Jays quickly disappeared....

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MLB Rumors: Marcus Stroman Offered Blue Jays Contract Despite Pitcher's Comments

Marcus Stroman wants the Toronto Blue Jays to offer him a long-term contract. Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reported the team already has. Stroman criticized the Blue Jays organization Sunday, telling reporters " it's business, man...

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Tom Dakers

Saturday Bantering: The start of Spring Training

It is so nice to see pictures and video of baseball players doing baseball type things.

There are little bits of news out of camp:

John Lott has a nice (and hopeful) story on Aaron Sanchez in the Athletic. His repaired finger is doing well. He’s throwing nice and easy and feels good about things.

As his session progressed, he worked more quickly. His velocity increased. His pitches crackled. That old sinker, which made him a star in 2016, darted and dived into Jansen’s mitt, nicking the...

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Matt W

Looking back at the 2018 BBB Top 40

We're going to take a short pause on the 2019 Top 40 Prospect List and instead look back retrospectively at the 2018 list. Partly, this is to focus on the players who don’t show up in 2019 for various reasons and the big movers, and partly it’s an exercise in accountability. The last two parts of the 2019 Top 40 will run next week on Monday/Tuesday, followed by the usual Beyond the Top 40 posts through Friday. And then the games begin!

The Graduates

Let’s start with the four players...

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Tom Dakers

Better Know Your Blue Jays 40-man: Randal Grichuk

You know the story, we picked up Randal Grichuk in trade from the Cardinals, a bit more than a year ago. Conner Greene and Dominic Leone went over to St. Louis. Since then Greene as DFAed and picked up by the Royals. Leone missed a large portion of the season with an arm injury. When he pitched he wasn’t great.

At the time of the trade 70% of us liked or loved the trade, 22% were neutral and 8% disliked or hated the trade. I’m guessing closer to 100% of us would say the loved the trade...

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Giants, Yangervis Solarte agree to terms

The Giants and free-agent infielder Yangervis Solarte have agreed to terms on a contract, reports Robert Murray of The Athletic (via Twitter). The deal is pending the completion of a physical. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reported Thursday that San Francisco had interest in the versatile veteran. If he makes the roster, Solarte will earn $1.75M and can make another $250K via incentives, tweets Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. That seemingly indicates that Solarte’s deal is of the...

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FanPost Friday: Final Offseason Moves

How would you round out the roster for Opening Day

Even though Spring Training has arrived and baseball is “back”, the Blue Jays’ roster isn’t necessarily complete. Even moreso, teams that are looking to be contenders all around the league have holes that a trade or two could address as well, and the Blue Jays have several of these players that could fill a hole. So with 6 weeks until Opening Day, the Jays have time to make some moves to clear out some roster redundancies and get...

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Tom Dakers

Sportsnet to show 10 Jays spring training games on TV

A bit ago we were told that the Jays were only going to show 4 spring games on TV, and I was less than happy.

Today Sportsnet has released a schedule that they will have ten games on Sportsnet TV and all the all the games will be on radio. I won’t say it makes me happy, but it is better.

The ten games on TV will be:

Monday, Feb. 25, Toronto @ New York Yankees, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, (Watch: Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet NOW) Sunday, March 3, New York Yankees @ Toronto, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m....

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Giants reportedly 'have interest' in Yangervis Solarte

The Giants have interest in veteran infielder Yangervis Solarte, according to Alex Palovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. While this connection is decidedly less splashy than another recently reported expression of interest, Solarte seems to be a readily achievable target. He is looking for a new opportunity after the Blue Jays declined a $5.5M club option and then non-tendered him. A 31-year-old infielder, Solarte is capable of  lining up anywhere in the infield, though he has spent most of his...

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Tom Dakers

The 2019 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 12-9

A pitcher, a outfielder, a shortstop and a jack of all trades.

Some of everything again. A couple of guys who are close to major league ready and a couple who are a few years away.

2019: Full List and Index | 9-12 | 13-16 | 17-20 | 21-24 | 25-28 | 29-32 | 33-36 | 37-40

2018: Full List and Index | 1-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | 13-16 | 17-20 | 21-25 | 26-30 | 31-35 | 36-40 | Just missed: Matt, Tom | Older

12. Adam Kloffenstein, RHP, age 18 (DOB: 8/25/2000), last year: high school senior

Drafted last...

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Blue Jays won’t say when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will make MLB leap

Vladimir Guerrero should have been playing ball in Toronto last year. He’s one of the best young players MLB has to offer and is one of our favorites to win Rookie of the Year in 2019. Yet the Toronto Blue Jays still won’t commit to any timeline for the star to begin his career in the big leagues. On Thursday, Blue Jays general manager said of Guerrero: “There’s no firm timeline on when he arrives or when he is playing in Toronto for the first time, but we want to make sure he’s...

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Tom Dakers

Thursday Bantering: Jays sign LHP Ryan Feierabend

Keegan Matheson tweeted that the Blue Jays are signing Ryan Feierabend, pending physical. He is a left-handed pitcher who has been pitching in the Korea Baseball Organization for the past few years.

In 2017 he added a knuckleball, one of the very few lefties to throw a knuckleball and his numbers got much better. FanGraphs has a post on it here. He went from a 4.45 ERA in 2016 to a league leading 3.04 ERA in 2017, the major difference being the knuckleball which he threw 20.9% of the time,...

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Ryan Tepera deserved better from the Blue Jays this off-season

Ryan Tepera With pitchers and catchers arriving at Blue Jays camp this week, we’re beginning to hear what many of the players have been up to the past four months. For Ryan Tepera, it was an off-season to forget…or at least the part of it where he lost his arbitration case was.  Upon arrival in Dunedin earlier this week, Tepera made it perfectly clear what he thinks of the arbitration process and the fact that he lost his hearing.  Tepera had the following to say… It’s a f’d-up...

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Blue Jays sign John Axford (2019 edition)

It’s February 2018 all over again!

Canada Day music playlist curator and bullpen cart rider extraordinaire John Axford is a Blue Jay once again as he has reportedly signed a minor league deal and will report to camp later this week.

Can confirm #BlueJays and John Axford are reuniting, as @JonHeyman first reported.

— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) February 14, 2019

On February 8th of last year, the Blue Jays signed Axford to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite. He made...

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Blue Jays, John Axford nearing deal

The Blue Jays are close to a deal that’ll bring righty John Axford back to the organization, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). Axford, 36 in April, spent most of the 2018 season with the Jays and had voiced a desire to return to his hometown organization earlier this offseason. Axford is represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council. Axford appeared in 45 games for the Blue Jays last season, pitching to a 4.41 ERA with a 50-to-20 K/BB ratio in 51 innings before being...

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Tom Dakers

Wednesday Bantering: The start of Spring Training

It’s -20 here, but it will feel warmer tomorrow, Blue Jays pitchers and catchers report (though most of them are already there).

We even have our first player report (unfortunately the words ‘best shape of his life’ don’t appear):

Spoke briefly with #Bluejays starter Aaron Sanchez, who says he's fit and feeling confident. Beyond that, he says his work on the mound will say the rest. Sanchez looked strong in a long toss session on Tuesday.

— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) February...

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Matt W

The 2019 Bluebird Banter Top 40 Prospects: 13-16

Here come the pitchers!

Thus far, the Top 40 has been dominated by position players, as they occupy 18 of the 24 spots thus far (and more immediately, eight of the last nine spots and 14 of 18). It’s quite the reversal for an organization and farm system that as recently as three or four years ago had more pitching talent.

16. Thomas Pannone, LHP, age 25 in 2019 (DOB: 4/28/1994), last year: 10th

Pannone falls six spots from last year as a result of new additions and some risers, not as an...

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Ryan Goins

Ryan Goins turns 31 today.

Ryan with the Blue Jays for 5 seasons. He played 448 games for us, hitting .228/.275/.335. But, he wasn’t a Jay for his bat. It was his glove that got him to, and kept him on the team.

Let’s share some of his highlight plays.

The hidden ball trick:

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We could do this all day, but let’s do just one more:

This is my favorite Ryan Goins’ moment, right after Jose Bautista’s home run in game five.

Ryan was a free agent after the...

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